Con­nect­ing food and farms

Tablelands Advertiser - - LIFESTYLE - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

MA­REEBA farm­ers and food­ies will be cel­e­brat­ing Na­tional Ag Day in style this year with a fo­rum that will be held at Ma­reeba’s In­ter­na­tional club.

Novem­ber 21 will mark the in­au­gu­ral day and cel­e­bra­tions will be­gin 10am. Farmer Meets Foodie (FMF) founder Erica Hughes said this was their first stand-alone event and there was some ex­cite­ment.

“It will be a great way to cel­e­brate Ag Day,” she said.

“We will have many guest speak­ers as well as lo­cal farm­ers and chefs.”

Never have con­sumers been so in­ter­ested in where their pro­duce comes from and how it is pro­duced.

Aus­tralian farm­ers, pro­duc­ers and har­vesters are lead­ing the way in in­no­va­tion farm­ing so­lu­tion to meet the de­mand for prod­ucts that are pro­duced eth­i­cally with in­tegrity.

“We are also look­ing at so­cial me­dia and what to do with it for your restau­rant and farm­ers,” Mrs Hughes said.

Ru­ral photographer and writer Fiona Lake will team up with Dirty Apron’s Rachel Wil­son and Blue Sky Pro­duce’s Jess Fealy in a panel ses­sion for the hot tips on mak­ing the most of so­cial me­dia to pro­mote your pro­duce or your food busi­ness.

“The fo­rum is aimed at pro­duc­ers, farm­ers, chefs, café own­ers and restau­rants,” Mrs Hughes said.

“We are tar­get­ing two groups to help them work to­gether to get more lo­cal food on the menu.”

The key note speaker will be Paul West, farmer and chef from River Cot­tage Aus­tralia.

“He will set the scene for the day with a dis­cus­sion on how Aus­tralians are em­brac­ing the sto­ries be­hind pro­duce,” she said.

“He will also talk about con­nect­ing peo­ple to food.”

That will be at the Ringers rest and the day time event will be at the In­ter­na­tional Club in Ma­reeba. She said the FMF app would be avail­able on the day.

“The app is cur­rently in a test­ing phase but it will be ready on the day for pro­duc­ers and farm­ers to try out,” she said.

Mrs Hughes said Na­tional Ag day was an an­nual event and was hop­ing to make it an an­nual event for the re­gion.

Tick­ets should be bought via the FMF web­site.

Pic­ture: Sup­plied

Bushy Creek Farm beef pro­ducer Julie Lar­son is just one pro­ducer who sells di­rectly to con­sumers and will be at­tend­ing the Farmer Meets Foodie event in Ma­reeba.

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