Keep­ing food, drink flow­ing

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By James Ben­nett

More than 9000 sausages, 5000 rolls and 3800 bags of ice were sold at the com­mu­nity bar­be­cue to the thou­sands of peo­ple at Straw­berry Fields Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

For the first time, fes­ti­val di­rec­tors al­lowed lo­cal com­mu­nity groups to fundraise at the event, run­ning a bar­be­cue called Chillin’ ‘n’ Grillin’.

It was run by Tocumwal Cham­ber of Com­merce, which en­listed help from Fin­ley Cham­ber of Com­merce and the Ber­ri­gan War Me­mo­rial Pool com­mit­tee. All three groups will share the money made from the bar­be­cue, which was still be­ing col­lated yes­ter­day.

About 80 peo­ple vol­un­teered across the four-day event, each work­ing for a min­i­mum of eight hours.

With a free fes­ti­val ticket of­fered for their ef­forts, the in­cen­tive even drew the eye of three Mel­bourne boys, who, de­spite hav­ing no con­nec­tion to Tocumwal, thought it would be a good chance to do their part for the lo­cal com­mu­nity plus snare a free ticket.

Chillin’ ‘n’ Grillin’ kept it easy with sausages in bread, ba­con-and-egg rolls and ham­burg­ers avail­able in ad­di­tion to bags of ice and soft drinks.

A con­verted large stor­age con­tainer — pur­chased by Tocumwal Cham­ber for such events — was used for the front of house to col­lect money, while four bar­be­cues were al­most con­stantly cook­ing up the food.

So pop­u­lar was the bar­be­cue, or­gan­is­ers were forced to re­stock the ba­con sup­ply by Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Tocumwal Cham­ber pres­i­dent Ser­gio Rede­galli said what the vol­un­teers man­aged to pull off was an over­whelm­ing suc­cess.

‘‘Al­though we haven’t fi­nalised our fig­ures raised, we spent at least a min­i­mum $35 000 on buy­ing all lo­cal pro­duce,’’ he said.

‘‘We sold at least 3800 bags of ice and, for the food, we were go­ing through 1000 bread rolls a day to serve the meat, from lo­cal butch­ers.

‘‘Not to men­tion ev­ery­thing else like straw­ber­ries and other goods pur­chased from other lo­cal sup­pli­ers such as K&A Foods in Fin­ley, David Walsh Gas and bak­eries in Tocumwal and Fin­ley.’’

Tocumwal butcher Mick Haynes said his busi­ness ben­e­fited from Straw­berry Fields.

‘‘It makes our team quite busy for the three weeks lead­ing up to it and it cer­tainly in­creases my busi­ness sub­stan­tially,’’ he said.

‘‘The Straw­berry Fields crew go out of their way to shop lo­cally and so did some of the other food ven­dors.’’

Help­ing out: Some of the vol­un­teers (from left) Clive James, Claire Wil­man, Liz Lang, Ross Bodey and Ian Lang.

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