Moruya Country Markets awards $5,000 grant to Southeast HARVEST festival

The Southeast HARVEST regional food festival is proud to announce they are the recipients the inaugural $5,000 Community Grant awarded by the Moruya Country Markets.

The Markets stand alone as the only weekly markets between Sydney and the Victorian border and is a popular attraction for both locals and visitors. As a non-profit organisation, they donate much of their proceeds to local charities and community groups, making the markets a vital part of the town of Moruya.

Moruya Country MarketsThe new annual Community Grant is awarded to a community group or event that is dedicated to making Moruya a vibrant and thriving place to live and visit. Selection criteria is centered around activities that promote the uniqueness of Moruya and can be run in conjunction with the weekly Markets.

“It’s such a fantastic boost for us to receive this grant,” said HARVEST President Carole Carlson. “It means we can provide more and better facilities for our patrons as well as attract some big name special guests, such as MasterChef Julie Goodwin, to come along and speak in the main event marquee. This grant will allow us to take some big steps forward in developing the festival, as this is only our third event.”

Moruya Country Markets President Harold Nash said it was an easy decision to support the HARVEST in its early stages. “The Committee all felt that the festival is a very deserving project for the Markets to support. The 2010 event had a fantastic atmosphere and we could see the potential for the HARVEST to become a major drawcard for Moruya.

“We know that we’re getting more and more people coming to the Markets looking for locally grown food, so by supporting the Southeast HARVEST, we believe we’re supporting growth in the local food industry too,” said Nash. “It’s good for everyone, including the Markets.”

The HARVEST is held every 16 months to enable growers and guest demonstrators to showcase produce from each season. This year’s festival on Saturday 17 March will be a celebration of Autumn, the season that many believe is the best time of year for this region.

A huge array of interactive stalls are planned, 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.

Entry to the HARVEST is only $5 (16 years and over) or $10 for a family ticket (2 adults and up to 2 children 16 or over). Children under 16 are free. Tickets include access to the full program of events in the main marquee, including demonstrations from special guest presenters Jackie French and Julie Goodwin.

Visit the Southeast HARVEST website for more information.

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