The 21st of November 2017 marks the inaugural National Ag Day in Australia. North Queensland will be celebrating National Ag Day in style with a Farmer Meets Foodie Forum on Tuesday 21st November at the Mareeba International Club from 10am to 5pm followed by a Food Truck Feast from 5.30pm at the Ringers Rest.

National Ag Day was an initiative first proposed by Mrs Gina Rinehart, which has been supported by the National Farmers’ Federation, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. This is an exciting time for Agriculture in Australia.

Never has the consumer been so interested in where their produce comes from and how it is produced. Australian farmers, producers and harvesters are leading the way in innovative farming solutions, regenerative practices and meeting consumer demand for products that are produced ethically and with integrity. The demand for quality and transparent produce doesn’t stop at the farm gate increasingly Australia’s restaurants, cafes and catering companies are showcasing and telling the story behind our amazing produce.

Farmer Meets Foodie (FMF) will be hosting these events to highlight and celebrate the excitement around local produce and the stories behind how its grown and prepared for the plate. FMF is expecting more than 300 attendees from across North Queensland including graziers, growers, farmers, chefs, restaurant and café managers.

We are very excited to have Anna Daniels to MC the Forum. Anna has presented on Landline on ABC 1 and on Network Tens The Project. The Key Note speaker is Paul West, farmer and chef from River Cottage Australia (as seen recently on SBS television). Paul will set the scene for the day with a discussion on how Australians are embracing the stories behind produce. This will be followed by a range of inspiring speakers and panelists including innovative North Queensland producers such as Bellasato Farm, Mungalli Creek Dairy, Rainforest Bounty and Skybury Coffee Plantation.

Following these inspiring sessions will be panel sessions from leading chefs on the latest food trends and demands for local produce. Rural photographer and writer Fiona Lake will join us. Fiona will team up with Rachel Wilson from the Dirty Apron and Jess Fealy of Blue Sky Produce in a panel session for the hot tips on making the most of social media to promote your produce or your food business.

In the late afternoon the event will move across to the Food Truck Feast at Ringers Rest, to watch the sun setting over bushland whilst enjoying local produce plates from a range of food trucks and a sample of locally brewed beer, wine or whiskey!

Tickets are available separately for each event, Farmer Meets Foodie Forum & Food Truck Feast Tickets” – external-link-new-window “Opens internal link in current window”>book here.  For more details contact: Erica Hughes [email protected] 0488 499 266