Local produce shines in big city
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.”