TIME TO SHINE A SPOT­LIGHT ON OUR LO­CAL PRO­DUC­ERS

Food­ies miss­ing out on all the fab­u­lous fare our re­gion has to of­fer

Style Magazine - - Food - BY NIVARD NEL­SON

Hi, let me in­tro­duce my­self.

I am Nivard Nel­son. My pas­sions are food, wine and spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends.

I grew up in Auck­land, New Zealand (love my All Blacks) and have al­ways had a pas­sion for food.

New Zealand has an amaz­ing cul­ture of pro­mot­ing lo­cal pro­duce and af­ter mov­ing to Toowoomba in mid 2011, I no­ticed that there was not a huge em­pha­sis on lo­cal pro­duce, be it dairy, veg­eta­bles or wine.

Peo­ple were happy to use the best from around Aus­tralia but were re­luc­tant to utilise lo­cally-sourced or pro­duced in­gre­di­ents.

The rea­son for writ­ing this monthly col­umn is to in­tro­duce the amaz­ing lo­cal pro­duc­ers in our re­gion.

I have been pas­sion­ate about lo­cal providers and the great sto­ries that they bring. These sto­ries need to be told. An­other in­ter­est, and rea­son for want­ing this col­umn, is to pro­mote tourism, ideally food tourism.

We are happy to travel to Mar­garet River, the Barossa Val­ley and the Hunter Re­gion yet we, as a lo­cal pub­lic are re­luc­tant to visit our lo­cal winer­ies in Stan­thorpe, cheese mak­ers in Kingaroy or farms in the Dar­ling Downs.

Now I also love to visit those re­gions in other states but I think that this is an area – the Dar­ling Down, Gran­ite Belt, Locker Val­ley – which is so di­verse and var­ied and we should be cel­e­brat­ing and recog­nis­ing the amaz­ing pro­duc­ers that we have on our doorstep.

By pro­mot­ing and cham­pi­oning these pro­duc­ers we can show Aus­tralia and the world just how spe­cial our re­gion is.

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