Connecting food and farms
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.”
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“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.
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.