Food for thought

With its Feed­ing Your Per­for­mance pro­gram, ICC Syd­ney is cre­at­ing a le­gacy for lo­cal farm­ers, grow­ers and wine­mak­ers, as well as giv­ing guests a taste of the state’s best lo­cal pro­duce.


When you host a con­ven­tion, ex­hi­bi­tion or event at the In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Syd­ney (ICC Syd­ney), you’re book­ing more than a venue. ICC Syd­ney fos­ters au­then­tic con­nec­tions be­tween vis­i­tors and the peo­ple of NSW. One way is through its Le­gacy Pro­gram, which is de­signed to fos­ter knowl­edge ex­change, col­lab­o­ra­tion and en­gage­ment across four key streams – In­no­va­tors, First Na­tions, Sus­tain­able Events and Gen­er­a­tion Next. Ded­i­cated ini­tia­tives in­clude di­rect ex­po­sure to Syd­ney’s net­work of en­trepreneurs and star­tups to sup­port­ing the lo­cal econ­omy through a food and bev­er­age pro­gram with a NSW-fo­cused sup­ply chain. Here’s how the lat­ter op­tion, called Feed­ing Your Per­for­mance, is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence (so you can, too).

Con­trib­ute to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in re­gional NSW ICC Syd­ney has con­trib­uted around $8.28 mil­lion to the state’s econ­omy through its an­nual food and wine pur­chases alone, with $4.3 mil­lion of that go­ing di­rectly to NSW food and bev­er­age pro­duc­ers. When you choose Feed­ing Your Per­for­mance for your con­fer­ence at ICC Syd­ney, small grow­ers and mak­ers like Printhie Wines in the NSW Cen­tral West and Westview Limes on the Mid North Coast are able to show­case their prod­ucts in restau­rant qual­ity meals served to guests. That sup­port leads to in­come, growth and jobs. “The sta­bil­ity given to a farmer be­cause they have guar­an­teed busi­ness, pay­ment and em­ploy­ment is a pow­er­ful way in which con­ven­tion cen­tres and cities more broadly can make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to re­gional ar­eas,” says ICC Syd­ney CEO Ge­off Don­aghy.

Fo­cus on en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity

Help­ing re­gional pro­duc­ers is only part of the story – it’s also about en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity. Smart de­sign strate­gies have been in­cor­po­rated into the cen­tre’s architecture to re­spon­si­bly man­age en­ergy, waste and wa­ter. Us­able food from events is re­dis­tributed to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in need thanks to an on­go­ing part­ner­ship with OzHar­vest and waste is bro­ken down into com­post. A part­ner­ship with Syd­ney Wa­ter means tap wa­ter is served in re­us­able glass bot­tles. By not us­ing plas­tic, ICC Syd­ney has pre­vented an es­ti­mated one mil­lion bot­tles from be­com­ing land­fill.

Show­case lo­cal pro­duce to an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence

With 86 per cent of the wines served at ICC Syd­ney com­ing from the NSW re­gion, along with part­ner­ships with dozens of food pro­duc­ers statewide, the Feed­ing Your Per­for­mance pro­gram is an ex­cep­tional way to give your guests a trans­for­ma­tive Aus­tralian food and wine ex­pe­ri­ence that they will re­mem­ber long af­ter your event is over. It’s about cel­e­brat­ing our out­stand­ing re­gional pro­duce – and the peo­ple who make it.

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