Victorian agriculture's premier dinner event happens tonight at the MCG, Members - Thursday May 11th, 7:30 pm. And we couldn't be more excited for one of our products to be featured on tonight's menu. Our award winning, original flavour - Pear Lime & Chilli Chutney will be a part of the entree dish, as chosen by the chefs for this event.
This event is a recognition of a growing awareness of the paddock to plate chain. Over the last five years working in accredited Farmer's Markets, I have seen a noticeable increase in interest and demand for local, handmade, artisan produce that supports our growers. And there is a definite increase in awareness of the issues and challenges facing local agriculture.
The day to day workings of everyday agriculture, small makers and producers were once far removed from urban dwellers. Now the spread of the "buy local" message has effectively reached huge numbers. Customers are now increasingly making conscious decisions to buy their produce from favourite regions, makers and growers. This has had, and continues to have, significant impact on Melbourne "foodie culture".
Melbourne is home to many talented makers who are keen to support Victorian agriculture and this ranges from city restaurants to individual makers. So get along to a local Farmer's Market this weekend, ask the makers some questions and enjoy working in the kitchen with some quality ingredients.