The large happy crowd filled the village green and Bancroft Bay waterfront, enjoying the opportunity to sample a wide range of Gippsland wines, accompanied by a delicious selection of culinary delights that all featured local produce as their hero ingredients.
From exquisite handmade chocolate, local honey, and Gippsland cheeses to freshly baked sourdough, Forge Creek Lamb cutlets, and pizzas topped with Gippsland Pearl mushrooms, the focus on the quality of Gippsland produce was a winner with the crowds.
Food & Fibre Gippsland is the event host, and Interim CEO Dr. Nicola Watts was delighted with the number of people attending and the positive impact that this has on the local economy.
“Events like this are a result of a lot of collaborative hard work and planning, but we have such engaged exhibitors who are so passionate about their products, so it is fantastic to be able to bring them all together in such an iconic location.
“And when the result is a day like Sunday was with so many happy people enjoying the best of everything that Gippsland’s food and wine sector has to offer, it certainly makes it all worth the effort “she said.
The event is generously sponsored by East Gippsland Shire Council and TRFM, and Sue Ellen Latham from SeventyEventManagement did a brilliant job in her first year as the contracted Event Manager.
And it is the positivity of the business community that also helps drive the success of events like this.
A number of local businesses, including Bairnsdale Party Hire, Tambo Waste, East Gippsland Water, Dahlsens and Gerard Whelan happily went above and beyond with their support to help bring Feast on East to life.
With planning already underway for 2020, Feast on East @ Metung looks set to continue to be a highlight of the June Long weekend for many years to come.