Coleambally grandmother to share 'granny skills' on Today Show

IN THE SPOTLIGHT:Julie Wiltshire, pictured with grandchildren Nicholas Fattore, 7, Pia Fattore, 6, and Andy Fatore, 2, will appear on Today on Saturday morning.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT:Julie Wiltshire, pictured with grandchildren Nicholas Fattore, 7, Pia Fattore, 6, and Andy Fatore, 2, will appear on Today on Saturday morning.

IT'S not every day you get a call asking you to appear on a national television show.

However, that's the call Coleambally's Julie Wiltshire received earlier this week.

Mrs Wiltshire will fly to Sydney on Saturday to appear on The Today Show alongside Rebecca Sullivan to promote this weekend's Coleambally Food and Farm Festival.

Mrs Sullivan is a cook, eco-agronomist, food writer and television presenter who is part of the new granny skills movement, which is a growing community of women who share and preserve traditions of older generations by collecting and passing them on.

"I was a bit surprised to get the call. They were looking for a granny who has done some of these skills."

Mrs Wiltshire said she was excited, but a little nervous about her first appearance on television.

The grandmother of eight lives on an irrigated farm near Coleambally and said she loved "basic skills" such as spinning, knitting and cooking with food that is available on her property.

"I do a lot of granny skills," she said.

"I like cooking from basics. I like to use what we've got on the farm and translate that into cooking."

Mrs Wiltshire will also take the chance to encourage people to come along to this weekend's event.

She said the event taught people about sustainable farming and the abundance of food grown in the area.

The schedule includes a 50 mile meal on Saturday night, where a six-course degustration-style meal will be served using only local produce.

On Sunday, there will be markets, an interactive display on farm produce and farming information, an art display, Clydesdale Cart Rides, kids craft corner, wheelbarrow races, along with cooking demonstrations and tastings.

There will also be a food n fibre regatta, which will see visitors run around an obstacle course carrying their team's home-built boat featuring Australian and local food packaging.

Ms Sullivan will also be the guest of honour and judge of the SunRice Coly Cook Off.

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