Al­ter­na­tive farm­ing expo promis­ing to be a cracker

The Riverine Herald - - COMMUNITY BILLBOARD -

AL­MOST 500 ex­hibitors will be on dis­play at this year’s Sey­mour Al­ter­na­tive Farm­ing Expo.

Held in the heart of Vic­to­ria at Kings Park in Sey­mour, 22,000 vis­i­tors are ex­pected to at­tend the three­day event from Fe­bru­ary 15.

Event man­ager Susie Fil­leti said the expo would present the lat­est tech­nol­ogy, prac­tices and trends in small and back­yard farm­ing, of­fer plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to get up close and per­sonal with an­i­mals and en­joy the mar­ket-style shop­ping, food and en­ter­tain­ment.

Ms Fil­leti said there were some must-see ad­di­tions to this year’s en­ter­tain­ment line-up, in­clud­ing drone rac­ing and work­ing dog de­mon­stra­tions, while the Learn­ing Hub sched­ule will be jam-packed with in­for­ma­tive talks.

“One of the in­no­va­tive ideas we’ll be ex­plor­ing is in­dus­trial hemp farm­ing,” Ms Fil­leti said.

“The Hemp Build­ing Com­pany will be look­ing at how Aus­tralia’s hous­ing cri­sis can be ad­dressed us­ing Hem­pcrete and demon­strate how it is used by build­ing a dog­house dur­ing the event.

“The Vic­to­rian Brumby As­so­ci­a­tion will also host a talk about own­ing brumbies and cap­i­tal­is­ing on their ver­sa­til­ity.”

Crowd favourites Farmer Daryl and his band of an­i­mals, the Flip­ping Disc Dogz, Rep­tile Aware­ness Dis­plays and the 2019 AWPA Vic­to­rian Whipcrack­ing and Bul­lock Whip Cham­pi­onships are back. The Coun­try Kitchen and Butcher Shop are al­ways a high­light, and Ms Fil­leti said the timetable of cook­ing de­mon­stra­tions had been ex­panded.

“Event stal­wart Bob (the Butcher) De­war is hang­ing up his cleaver for the last time but he will join Se­cret Gar­den chef Adrian Hens­ley and new butcher Vic­tor Bonacci for three fi­nal ses­sions,” she said.

“They will elab­o­rate on the ever pop­u­lar steak ses­sion, cre­ate a loaf of sour­dough from scratch – a process that nor­mally takes three weeks – and smoke a whole leg of ham ready to dig into dur­ing the last ses­sion of the day.”

An­other must-not-miss ad­di­tion is a happy half hour where expo-go­ers can taste-test cre­ations from Toob­o­rac Ho­tel and Brew­ery, Bel­lar­ine Es­tate and Orig­i­nal Spirit Co.

Mitchell Shire mayor Bill Chisholm said the expo was the shire’s largest and most an­tic­i­pated at­trac­tion, adding more than $6 mil­lion an­nu­ally to the lo­cal econ­omy.

“The Sey­mour Al­ter­na­tive Farm­ing Expo is one of the best ways for tra­di­tional and al­ter­na­tive farm­ers to come to­gether in our mu­nic­i­pal­ity to learn from each other,” Cr Chisholm said.

“With plenty of new tech­niques be­ing shown off each year, it is great to see so many peo­ple come to­gether to un­der­stand new tech­nolo­gies, as farms and house­holds em­brace sus­tain­able liv­ing and adapt to our unique en­vi­ron­ment.

“Each year we see more and more chil­dren com­ing along to learn about the dif­fer­ent ways peo­ple are farm­ing as the re­gion con­tin­ues to adapt to the chang­ing world.” ■ The Sey­mour Al­ter­na­tive Farm­ing Expo will be held from Fe­bru­ary 15 to 17, at Kings Park in Sey­mour. For in­for­ma­tion or to buy tick­ets on­line and save 17 per cent off the gate price, visit: sey­mour­expo.com.au

The Sey­mour Al­ter­na­tive Farm­ing Expo is one of the best ways for tra­di­tional and al­ter­na­tive farm­ers to come to­gether in our mu­nic­i­pal­ity to learn from each ’ other

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