Bellingen Harvest Expo is happening again next Saturday 23rd June at the Bellingen Showgrounds and is promising to be a “gastronomic feast for food lovers,” says Harvest Expo organiser Gloria Malone. The event provides an opportunity to bring together producers from across the region with consumers who “care about how their food is produced. It’s all about communication and understanding where your food comes from,” says Gloria.
Gloria has been an active committee member of the Bellingen Growers Market for years. The Growers Market is now into its 20th year of operation, and transforms Bellingen’s Showgrounds into a hive of locally grown organic produce, entertainment and more every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.
Gloria and fellow Growers Market committee members saw the Bellingen Harvest Expo as a way of throwing the net over an even wider range of food producers. “The mid north coast has so many small producers, who are all integral members of our local food bowl. This gives the producers a chance to meet the consumers and each other.”
The inaugural Harvest Expo happened last year, with 18 stalls on top of the usual number of stallholders at the Growers Market. This year there are 30 producers descending on the Showgrounds in addition to our much-loved local growers and market stallholders. Producers of “local, chemical-free, organic and/or biodynamic food that can claim ‘low food miles’ have been invited” says Gloria. Funds raised will be used to support the Bellingen Growers Market.
So, what can we expect at the this year’s Bellingen Harvest Expo?
Food-lovers will be tempted by Bellingen Smokehouse, Bello Pasta and Bianca Merrick’s Vegan Pasties, in addition to an abundance of freshly harvested, local, organic produce. Robert Foster’s grain fed beef and pork salamis will be making the trip down from Byron. And fingers crossed- the Guy Fawkes Truffle Co will be there, but weather has been hampering truffle harvest.
Bellingen High School students and teacher Jenni Farrands will be selling their lemon myrtle cordials. The cordials are the result of an industrious enterprise at the High School facilitated by Jenni. Students prepare a business plan and then grow, harvest and produce the cordials for sale. Funds raised support excursions, including a trip to central Australia later this year. What a worthwhile cause- so make sure you indulge this Saturday!!
LORE Australia is an Aboriginal owned and operated health and wellness company using Australian native bio-foods, operating right here in our region. Don’t miss sampling their Kombuchas made with local bush tucker. Mitch from Bellingen’s Popla Restaurant will be offering an array of his own charcuterie delicacies.
“A foodies delight awaits,” says Gloria, “with teas, sauces, sugar cane juice, honey, nuts, brews, jams, conserves and so much more on offer.” The cafe will be open and live local music will add to the vibe. Definitely a child friendly event- so bring the family.
Is it too late for local producers to sign up now?
“No- the more the merrier,” says Gloria. To register as a producer for the Bellingen Harvest Expo call Gloria on 6655 2046 or 0427006858 or email