Lo­cal pro­duce shines in big city

Central and North Rural Weekly - - EKKA 2018 -

THE Cen­tral High­lands’ pas­sion for pro­duce was once again in­jected a re­gional flavour into EKKA sea­son.

The third Farm to Fine Din­ing Re­gional Pro­duce Din­ner was last week hosted by the Cen­tral High­lands De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion to pro­mote re­gional pro­duce and agribusi­ness to 70 in­flu­en­tial guests.

CHDC Board Chair and Cen­tral High­lands Mayor Kerry Hayes said the re­sponse was ex­cep­tional.

“The aim of the din­ners is to raise the aware­ness and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of pro­duce grown in the Cen­tral High­lands,” Cr Hayes said.

“Guests were im­pressed with the range, qual­ity and flavours of the su­perb food, and it was great to see plenty of net­work­ing dis­cus­sions around new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for our lo­cal busi­nesses.”

The de­ci­sion to host the event for a third con­sec­u­tive year re­flects CHDC’s com­mit­ment to work­ing with pro­duc­ers, busi­nesses and the Cen­tral High­lands Re­gional Coun­cil to put lo­cal pro­duce in front of de­ci­sion-mak­ers, in­vestors and de­vel­op­ers.

“By tak­ing the re­gion to the ur­ban cen­tres and po­si­tion­ing our grow­ers as na­tional and global am­bas­sadors, we can grow fu­ture eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity and ben­e­fits for the Cen­tral High­lands,” CHDC Gen­eral Man­ager San­dra Hobbs said.

“The din­ner shines a light on the of­ten-hid­den de­lights of Cen­tral High­lands agri­cul­ture but not just its end prod­uct.

“It tells the sto­ries be­hind the pro­duce – the hard work, in­no­va­tion, and val­ueadding prac­tices of the pro­duc­ers.”

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