Focus on Gippsland

By Country News

Harvest Fest 2018 is a new boutique farming and lifestyle event, shining a light on progressive food production in Gippsland.

Held from November 9 to 11 at Lardner Park exhibition centre near Warragul, the event is presented by Lardner Park and McPherson Media Group and expected to draw more than 20000 visitors.

‘‘This jam-packed event boasts enticing food courts with an array of cuisines, snacks and brews; an extensive farmers’ market with the best of the region and beyond; demonstrations from the Harvest Fest Kitchen; a learning series of lectures which are set to inform, entertain and excite; craft and handmade goods workshops; live entertainment, kids’ entertainment and more,’’ Harvest Fest events manager Susie Filleti said.

‘‘We had the light-bulb moment of creating this event, targeting small to medium scale farmers and producers in a super contemporary and exciting lifestyle event which offers something completely different than the typical farming and agricultural events.’’

In addition to industry innovation, the event also celebrates the generations of farming families and businesses that grow the renowned produce of the region, along with their rich farming history, culture and tried-and-tested techniques.

‘‘This beautiful produce not only helps to feed so much of the state, it is also featured in the trendiest restaurants, cafes and products on the market,’’ Ms Filleti said.

‘‘Gippsland’s agribusiness sector is a significant employer in the region, with over a third of business involving agriculture and fishing; and with the region containing 16 per cent of all farm businesses in Victoria.’’

Ms Filleti said the team was ‘‘incredibly excited about this stellar new farming and lifestyle event and the great weekend it will offer all patrons’’.

‘‘Whether you are seeking a decadent weekend of food and specialty brews, along with picking up some tantalising treats for later — or are a small farm operator, backyard, hobby or tree-change farmer looking to learn about industry innovation from the most fascinating producers themselves — this broad-ranging event will appeal to all.’’

■Harvest Fest will be held from November 9 to 11, at Lardner Park in Gippsland. For more information or to buy tickets online and save 16 per cent, visit: