Jodie aims to put food fes­ti­val on the map

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

JODIE Tatchell has been ap­pointed the new event co-or­di­na­tor to man­age and run the an­nual Har­vest Food Fes­ti­val.

Jodie comes with 25 years’ tourism and mar­ket­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, cov­er­ing a di­verse range of busi­nesses and roles.

She started her ca­reer at Flight Cen­tre, be­fore mov­ing to Al­ba­tross Travel to cre­ate tours to Europe for white Christ­mas ex­pe­ri­ences.

She has also spent time de­vel­op­ing tourist ex­pe­ri­ences in Queens­land’s Out­back and in Dubai as prod­uct man­ager for Emi­rates Hol­i­days.

Af­ter re­turn­ing to Aus­tralia, Jodie cre­ated Oryx Tourism to as­sist tourism op­er­a­tors grow their busi­ness and en­gage with travel trade. More re­cently she set up Tast­ing Plate Tours to con­nect tourists with the food story of the North­ern Rivers.

Jodie and her hus­band Bill have been liv­ing and work­ing in the area for five years.

The Har­vest Food Fes­ti­val is run each year, over the first week­end of May and is a lo­cal food event or­gan­ised by the North­ern Rivers Food Com­mu­nity (NRF) to help con­nect peo­ple with real food on real farms and hon­our the re­gion’s pro­duc­ers.

Each year, the event’s or­gan­is­ers (all vol­un­teers from lo­cal food busi­nesses) show­case a se­ries of lo­cal food tours, din­ners and food ex­pe­ri­ences, from pad­dock to plate and seed to flower.

The fes­ti­val of­fers the com­mu­nity an op­por­tu­nity to con­nect with lo­cal food pro­duc­ers and cel­e­brate the abun­dant lo­cal food.

NRF ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Anne Briggs said the group was pleased to have Jodie aboard.

“She has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in tourism, fundrais­ing, busi­ness devel­op­ment, mar­ket­ing and run­ning food events,” Anne said.

“She will be work­ing closely with the fes­ti­val com­mit­tee to help bring this event to life and put it on the map.”

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