Gippsland’s vibrant food and fibre production and processing sector plays a major role in the region’s economy and the resilience of its communities. It also contributes significantly to the Victorian economy.
Gippsland’s abundant quality produce is enjoyed by consumers locally, in Melbourne, as well as across other parts of Victoria, Australia and the world.
Food & Fibre Gippsland aims to be an integral support and stakeholder in projects, initiatives and activities that make a positive impact on productivity, profitability, prosperity, people and in the bigger picture, the planet.
Farmer’s Daughters Gippsland is Chef Alejandro Saravia’s new way of food.
Farmer’s Daughters have fallen in love with Gippsland… the wild coasts, fresh seafood, the rolling hills, healthy livestock, the friendly locals, the wine and the lush green of the food bowl of Victoria.
Farmer’s Daughters provides a ‘paddock to plate’ experience using local ingredients grown with passion and love. They are all about fresh produce, connecting customers to farmers, to their dreams and how they work with the seasons and the land. Expect fresh, seasonal, country grown, raw, fermented, cured and a great local wine list all from the Gippsland Region wherever absolutely possible.
Late last year Outback Chef moved to a new home, a rural property at Rhyll on Phillip Island in Victoria and opened the Wild Food Farm to showcase some of Australia’s fantastic native herbs, spices, fruits and berries.
The Wild Food Farm and Café was opened early February 2020. The farm gates opened to welcome visitors who quickly claimed a sunny spot on the verandah at the homestead café to enjoy a modern Australian menu with a native food influence.
Visitors are free to wander the plantation’s Native Food trail, take time to meditate and enjoy the unique aromas of the Australian bush, plants such as Strawberry Gum, Lemon Myrtle and Lilli Pilli and many more grow with the seasons, enjoying the rain when it comes and tolerating the drought when it doesn't.
The Wild Food Farm has an ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability as well as an educational one; only with knowledge will we fully understand and appreciate the qualities and value of these plants for our health and well-being and for the important links connecting us spiritually to the land of this unique country.
What a year it's been - and whilst we couldn't gather together in person to celebrate the achievements of the many food and fibre businesses doing amazing things across Gippsland, we've done the next best thing - we've got an online presentation that you can watch anytime you like! Here's the collection of the winners - congratulations to all !
X-Cheque is an innovative software development business being run by farmers to make the lives of other farmers easier. They build world-class dairy business software, from custom farm applications to off-the-shelf solution. The software development capabilities demonstrated by father and son team, Jon and David Hauser, culminating in a highly valuable decision-making tool for farmers of all persuasions, impressed the 2020 Excellence Awards judges and resulted in the business being named one of three finalists in the Excellence in Service to the Food & Fibre Industry, sponsored by Agriculture Victoria.