Festival To Showcase Farming Industry

The town of Nannup, Western Australia, played host to the inaugural South West FoodBowl Festival over two days (October 26th and 27th) in 2012 to coincide with the Australian Year of the Farmer. The two-day program of talks, tours and markets aimed to celebrate and showcase the south west’s agricultural sector.

The article “South West FoodBowl Festival” was published before the event took place. It said, “To celebrate the Australian Year of the Farmer, Nannup, Western Australia will be hosting the ‘South West FoodBowl Festival’ a┬áregional celebration of South West produce and producers held over two days (October the 26th & 27th) featuring an informative and educational Farming Expo (including the Year of the Farmer National Roadshow), ‘Meet the Farmer’ guided tours and ‘Taste of the South West’ Gala Dinner.” http://swfoodbowlfestival.com/

The South West FoodBowl Festival was the first of its type in the south west and helped bridge the gap between the region’s farmers and the wider community by drawing attention to the work that formers do and the significant contribution they make both nationally and regionally. There was also a focus on informing and educating people about the amazing training and career opportunities available in the field of agriculture.

The South West FoodBowl Festival offered an excellent opportunity to showcase this delightful region and the topnotch produce it produces. It attracted people from all across the south west, as well as some interstate and overseas visitors. Farmers, farming agencies, organisations (national, state and local), training firms and members of the local community used the opportunity to liaise, strengthen ties and build networks to contribute to the sustainability and growth of not just the agricultural sector, but also the region as a whole.

The south west schools were in attendance on Friday, April 26th, with young people learning about the opportunities that a sector generating over $200 billion each year and employing as many as 880,000 people nationally, can offer them. The event also allowed them to understand the journey that a produce has to take from being grown on a farm all the way up to being consumed or enjoyed.

Overall, the South West FoodBowl Festival was a great event, reconnecting the local community with the world-class, productive south west agricultural sector and demonstrating the fantastic opportunities that the sector offers to young people.

To find out more about the South West FoodBowl Festival, please check out the event’s website or Facebook page

About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.

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