Big crowd for fes­ti­val

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

A new bou­tique farm­ing and life­style event to be held at Lard­ner Park next month will shine a light on the spec­tac­u­lar food bowl in Gipp­s­land.

Har­vest Fest will be held from Novem­ber 9 to 11, with joint event part­ners Lard­ner Park and McPher­son Me­dia Group ex­pect­ing to draw crowds of more than 20,000 over the three days.

Har­vest Fest events man­ager Susie Fil­leti said the event would be an ex­ten­sive Farm­ers’ Mar­ket show­cas­ing the best of the re­gion and beyond.

“We had a light-bulb mo­ment when cre­at­ing this event, to tar­get small to medium scale farm­ers and pro­duc­ers in a su­per con­tem­po­rary and ex­cit­ing life­style fo­rum – of­fer­ing some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent than the tra­di­tional farm­ing and agri­cul­tural shows,” she said.

The jam-packed event will boast en­tic­ing food courts with an ar­ray of cuisines, snacks and brews; demonstrations from the Har­vest Fest kitchen, a learn­ing se­ries of lec­tures which are set to in­form, en­ter­tain and ex­cite; farm­ing and ma­chin­ery ex­hibits; craft and hand­made goods work­shops; live en­ter­tain­ment, chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment and more.

In ad­di­tion to in­dus­try in­no­va­tion, the event also cel­e­brates the gen­er­a­tions of farm­ing fam­i­lies and busi­nesses that grow the renowned pro­duce of the re­gion, along with their rich farm­ing his­tory, cul­ture and tried-and-tested tech­niques.

“This beau­ti­ful pro­duce not only helps to feed so much of the state; it is also fea­tured in the trendi­est restau­rants, cafes and prod­ucts on the mar­ket,” Ms Fil­leti said.

Lard­ner Park chief ex­ec­u­tive Ni­cola Pero said the Lard­ner Park team was ex­cited about the stel­lar new farm­ing and life­style event which would of­fer ac­ti­va­tions for all pa­trons.

“Whether you are seek­ing a deca­dent week­end of food and spe­cialty brews, along with pick­ing up some tan­ta­lis­ing treats for later – or are a small farm op­er­a­tor, back­yard, hobby or tree change farmer look­ing to learn about in­dus­try in­no­va­tion from the most fas­ci­nat­ing pro­duc­ers them­selves – this broad-rang­ing event will ap­peal to all,” she said.

“Gipp­s­land’s agribusi­ness sec­tor is a sig­nif­i­cant em­ployer in the re­gion, with 52 per cent of Gipp­s­land busi­nesses in­volved in or sup­port­ing agri­cul­ture, forestry, fish­ing and up­stream pro­cess­ing op­er­a­tions.

“A stag­ger­ing $7bn of the State’s $14bn gross re­gional pro­duc­tion in food and fi­bre comes from Gipp­s­land re­gion.”

Har­vest Fest will be held from Novem­ber 9-11 at Lard­ner Park.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to buy tick­ets on­line and save 16 per cent, visit the web­site www.har­vest­

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