Jodie aims to put food festival on the map
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.”