Australia’s first MasterChef, Julie Goodwin, will headline a packed program of events at the Southeast HARVEST festival on Saturday 17 March 2012 at Riverside Park, Moruya.
Julie will be demonstrating the cooking talent that won her the title of MasterChef, in the main marquee of the HARVEST from 11am.
Following the success of her first book “Our Family Table”, one of Australia’s best-selling cook books, her second book “The Heart of the Home” was released on 1 October 2011. Julie will be conducting a meet and greet session following her cooking demonstration, where fans can buy signed copies of her book and swap tips with their favourite cook.
Julie has a strong connection with the South Coast and is a regular visitor for school holidays. “I’ve been coming to Narooma for holidays with my family for my whole life. It’s such an amazing location with perfectly clear water and the dramatic backdrop of Gulaga,” said Julie.
“I’m so proud to be associated with the Southeast HARVEST. I’m such an enthusiast for this region. There’s so much incredible food to eat and cook in this part of the world, and I can’t wait to discover more of the wonderful produce that’s being grown here at the festival in March.”
The HARVEST is held every 16 months to enable growers and guest demonstrators to showcase produce from each season. The festival in March will be a celebration of Autumn, the season that many locals believe is the best time of year for this region.
A huge array of interactive stalls are planned for the Saturday, featuring local produce and locally made delicacies, as well as displays promoting more sustainable living and activities for children of all ages.
Limited event merchandise will be given away to earlybirds and a fantastic prize will be drawn every hour for a lucky ticket holder to win.
On Friday night, the main event marquee will host a celebration of Moruya’s pivotal role in supplying the granite for the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons 80 years ago. A picnic and film night will be held in the main event marquee with a gold coin donation asked to raise funds to construct a tourist sign at the quarry site, just off North Head Drive.
The popular closing event for the festival on the Saturday night is the SAGE River Feast. This year, the feast will feature special guest Julie Goodwin and a lavish Mediæval-themed banquet of local food and wine. This is the annual major fundraiser for the SAGE Project and will support their efforts to revive and foster sustainable agriculture in the region. Tickets will be $60 per person and go on sale 1 February.