Spot­light on food and wine

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Shan­non Boch­enek

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.don­ny­brook­foodand­wine­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

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