Food gets local focus

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Food gets local focus

 

FOODIES gathered at Leongatha’s Daker Centre last Tuesday, for a meet and greet and to encourage local food businesses to combine for the Prom Country Regional Tourism local dish initiative.

Prom Country Regional Tourism executive officer Christine Legg said the aim of the day was to introduce the region’s food producers with the region’s menu makers.

“It was for anyone in the local food industry to showcase their products, meet and network with others,” she said.

“It was also to launch Prom Country local dish. We wanted to encourage local eateries to work with local producers and create a dish that is at least 60 per cent local ingredients.

“Participating restaurants will have their local dishes on the menu in November.”

Dishes will be decided by the end of the month and then Prom Country Regional Tourism will promote the restaurants and their dishes throughout October.

In November, the public will be encouraged to go the eateries that have a local dish on the menu and vote for their favourite.

A mystery judge will also taste each of the dishes and award a best local dish. A people’s choice competition will be run concurrently.

Ms Legg said the meet and greet day was successful, however it would have been nice to see a few more producers present.

“This was the first time we had held such an event and depending on its success, we will try again next year,” she said.

“It would be nice if it was the start of something more.”

Food and primary production has been identified as a key industry in an emerging market for South Gippsland.

Ms Legg said there is a lot of interest in Gippsland produce from all around Australia and that now was the perfect time to drive the local industry forward.

“Prom Country Regional Tourism does a lot of external marketing to get people to visit our region, for this promotion we will be crossing over to internal marketing as well,” she said.

“South Gippsland has so much good produce and plenty of great eateries, we thought we would try something different to promote our fantastic food industry and what we can produce.”

Ms Legg said she hopes the local dish initiative brings people together within the industry, as well as entices people to visit the region to eat the food.

“Food is one of those industries that works for everyone, people visit for the food and they often stay as well,” she said.

Networking works: Brent Sinclair from Brent Sinclair Catering and Bev Schawalder from Herbit Herbs met at the Prom Country Regional Tourism foodie meet and greet at Leongatha last Tuesday.

Networking works: Brent Sinclair from Brent Sinclair Catering and Bev Schawalder from Herbit Herbs met at the Prom Country Regional Tourism foodie meet and greet at Leongatha last Tuesday.

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