Preparations are well underway for the next Southeast HARVEST regional food festival, held every 16 months at Riverside Park in Moruya. This year, the celebration will highlight the winter harvest of the region on 27 July 2013.
Southern Phone has confirmed they will continue to support the event and have increased their contribution in recognition of the important message this event brings to the southeast NSW community.
“Southern Phone believes in getting behind local efforts to bring vibrancy to regional areas with festivals like the Southeast HARVEST,” said Tim McTernan, Southern Phone’s marketing specialist. “We’re in the business of helping people communicate and this event is doing that too: communicating to people about the importance of and value in supporting our local farmers and our local economy.”
Last year was ABC Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis’s first time to the event and his enthusiasm on the day was boundless. Organisers have confirmed that Costa will be back this July to join in the celebration.
“Last year, I got a real feel for the energy and enthusiasm of the people around here for local food. I’m excited to be coming back to share some of that again,” said Costa. “SAGE is breathing new life into the local food industry, generating interest and a belief that people can change the food system. You’re backing yourselves and I’m keen to see how things have progressed since I was here last time. I believe that this model has the potential to not only change the Eurobodalla but be a model for other regions across the country.
“Events like the Southeast HARVEST are a fantastic opportunity for people to connect with what’s going on around them and learn more about how easily they can be part of supporting local farmers. Eat local, in season and build local resilience. It’s really inspiring to see what’s going on for yourself.”
There will be a few changes to the event format this year, with admission now being free for people of all ages.
Farmers, growers, producers and other stall holders will be the centre of attention, with a roaming program of cooking demonstrations and interviews between Costa and the stall holders being planned.
The Southeast HARVEST is an enterprise of SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla) and is just one of the many programs and activities undertaken in the community by this not-for-profit volunteer organisation.
While this will be an open event with no admission charge, visitors to the festival can make a donation on the day, with funds raised going towards further development of the SAGE demonstration and community garden site on Queen Street, Moruya.
SAGE also conducts a comprehensive program of educational workshops throughout the year on subjects such as beekeeping, composting, raising seedlings, how to grow veggies in a backyard and even biodynamic gardening. All of SAGE’s fundraising activities contribute to these initiatives and more.
The festival will be topped off with another great SAGE event – the Riverfeast! This year, the theme will be “A Mid-Winter Night’s Dream”. Tickets will be on sale from 8 July.