Spotlight on food and wine
FOOD and wine producers between Balingup and Donnybrook are gearing up to showcase the region’s finest produce at the 11th annual Donnybrook Food and Wine Festival later this month.
Highlights of the festival will include live entertainment all day, cooking demonstrations, wine and olive appreciation sessions hosted by experts, and face painting.
Festival committee president John Small said a lot of effort went into making the festival a free event for the community to enjoy each year.
“We have a great group of people on the committee who are doing a fantastic job to bring this sort of thing together every year,” he said.
“A lot of them have no vested interest in this being anything other than successful.
“They want to do something and put it back into the community, which is fantastic.”
In 2006, the first festival was organised by a core group of small wineries to promote the produce made in the Donnybrook-Balingup shire’s immediate area and distinguish their products from those coming out of the Ferguson Valley, Boyanup-Dardanup and other nearby sub-regions.
This year the festival will continue to celebrate the Donnybrook-Balingup region of the Geographe wine region.
All produce and services will be donated by businesses.
As a result of a fundraising partnership between the committee and the Carey Park Scouts, the scouts will provide children’s entertainment with a bouncy castle.
There will also be a range of food trucks and stalls in addition to the region’s 25 wine, cider and produce stalls.
The festival will be held at the Donnybrook Amphitheatre on November 25 from 10am to 5pm.
Visit www.donnybrookfoodandwinefest.com.au for more information.