Chiko’s origin furore

IT’S ON: Member for Riverina Michael McCormack (right) tells member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters where the true home of the Chiko Roll is – Wagga – on the footsteps of Parliament House. Picture: SuppliedTHE brawl over whether Wagga or Bendigo is the home of the iconic Chiko Roll has spilled over into the nation’s corridors of power.
Nanjing Night Net

The answer, of course, is Wagga – where the snack was sold commercially for the first time anywhere in 1951 –but that hasn’t stopped the Bendigo community’s wrongful attempt to steal the title of the home of the Chiko Roll.

The heated debate came to a head on the forecourt of Parliament House in Canberra on Friday morning, with Mr McCormack going head-to-head with member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters over which city had the bigger ownership claim.

Mr McCormack said he had been left feeling “battered” by Bendigo’s fanciful claims.

“I have called the member for Bendigo (Ms Chesters) out for her spurious claims about the real home of the Chiko Roll,” he said.

“It is a Wagga icon, has been since 1951 and will remain so. It’s simply outrageous a person elected to parliament would make such a claim and I’ve called her out on it.”

In a rare display of bipartisan support,Mr McCormack said even some of Ms Chesters’ Labor colleagues –including Muttama farmer Vivien Thomson, who is set to stand as a Labor senate candidate next year, andSouth Australian MP Nick Champion –had clearly recognised Wagga as the Chiko Roll’s rightful home.

An online change.org petition has sprung up, calling on the federal government to officially recognise Wagga as the home of the Chiko.

But Ms Chesters claimed she was “shocked” when she heard about Mr McCormack’s assertions.

“It clearly states on the package the Chiko Roll was born in Bendigo, thanks to local man Frank McEncroe who wanted a snack he could eat with one hand at the footy,” she said.

“Mr McEncroe, born in Castlemaine and a Bendigo boilermaker by trade, developed and first produced his snack idea here in Bendigo. Family members, neighbours and friends were among the many Bendigonians who were the first in this country to try the iconic Australian snack.”

For the masses however, their first chance to sample a Chiko Roll was at the Wagga Show some 64 years ago.

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