LOCALS have been urged to embrace the paddock to plate movement on show at this year’s Taste Riverina food festival.
The festival began last week and will feature more than 20 events in Griffith during October celebrating the region’s produce in a bid to promote fresh eating.
The local events will focus on what the region produces and the heritage of the food served in Griffith’s cafes and restaurants, marketing officer at Griffith council Paige Campbell said.
“The Taste festival has really grown since last year and more cafes and restaurants have got on board to showcase local produce and their specialty dishes,” Ms Campbell said.
“Research shows the fresher your food the better it is for you and it tastes better, so let’s embrace our local growers and buy local.
“There’s a great variance of events which will really show off the wonderful produce grown in the Riverina and make people more aware of what’s in season.”
There are 80 events throughout the region but according to the executive officer of Riverina Regional Tourism Linda Tillman, Griffith will be a key player.
“We are hearing a lot of excitement about the food treks to series of farms and wineries, where people can get that real paddock to plate experience,” Ms Tillman said.
“It’s also fantastic to see the region’s biggest wineries combining to collaborate on a beer.”
Taste festival is also promoting Griffith’s own multicultural festival and festival of gardens in a bid to bring them more widespread publicity. It was thought the three events married perfectly.
It is expected people coming to the area for the culinary experience will stay to admire local gardens and multicultural song and dance.
For more information visit tasteriverina.com.au or call the Griffith Visitors Information Centre on 1800 681 141.