A family connection to Gippsland that reaches back three generations, a life that is completely run by females and a love for good Gippsland produce that knows no bounds - we had a delightful chat with Duart Homestead's Nathan Smith about what he thinks is great about Gippsland, and how he and wife Natasha have built a great business and family life in the region.
A Culinary Collaboration with TAFE Gippsland to bring international Chef Chris Holen to East Gippsland to a produce immersion feast creation challenge with a small group of apprentice chefs was a great success, with knowledge shared and friendships forged over hotplates and ovens at TAFE's Bairnsdale campus.
When a Gippsland start up was encouraged to find a kilogram of gourmet mushrooms to be showcased at the 2018 East Gippsland Food Cluster Spring Table event, they didn't imagine that their product would be such an instant hit. But it was, and this one event started interest, buyers and conversation that is still helping with business growth today. Introducing our Meet the Member story for this week - Gippsland Pearls !
For Carolyn from Raw Country, her passion for cooking goes back for as long as she can remember, and when she was visualising having her own small business, she knew that it would be connected to food. She is building a business that champions local Gippsland produce and is passionate about wholesome quality food. And it's the quality and creativity of what she's cooking up that is growing the popularity of Raw Country across the region.
Food & Fibre Gippsland welcomes two new Project Managers to its operational team this month. David Grimmond will be running a two year SME Export focussed project called Gippsland Connect, and Dr Julian Hill will be working small pilot project that is designed to drive real transformational change.
Our Excellence in Agribusiness Awards has ignited a new enthusiam and great realisation of the depth, diversity and quality of produce in Gippsland, along with a very impressive collection of operational, analytical and academic professionals across the region. These people, our communities and our produce are three very big ingredients in what is great about Gippsland. We thank the volunteers who have worked hard to make the first year of the awards a success - with special mention to our judges.