Farm to Fork is now on Facebook
People in the region’s food, beverage and agribusiness industry now have an avenue to share their produce, as well as their experiences, challenges and successes working in the sector.
The Farm to Fork group was launched at the Good Food, Good People, Good Times networking event at Banrock Station in August.
With over 50 people attending, there was productive discussion on how the sector can cross-promote local produce in dining and retail venues, attract top chefs
to the region, and deliver high-quality tourism opportunities.
Peter Kent, owner of Salt and Pepper catering, was one of the speakers on the night. He shared the stage with Karena Armstrong, Tasting Australia Ambassador and Executive Chef and Owner of the Salopian Inn, and Samara Miller, Industry Development expert at Food SA.
The idea for the group came from discussions at recent food sector events hosted by RDAMR, like Producers in Residence and the Functional and Luxury Foods learning session.
“We realised that there was a missing link in our regions between producer and chef,” says Peter.
The response has been enthusiastic, with produce already being directly traded, and more local food ending up on local tables.
Says Peter, “we are seeing products I had never thought grown in our region – a lot of organics and fresh produce – and there is no middle man so we receive very fresh products at a market price.”
The closed Facebook group will also encourage discussion on how to develop the food and beverage sector in the region.
Sue Heward, RDAMR Project Support, says that the networking group would be “pivotal in developing the local value-added agriculture industry, and setting the direction for the future of the industry.”
“We’re thrilled at the response, with over 100 members already signing up and joining in the conversation.”