Visitors set for a sensory experience at Farm Gate Market


Farm Gate chef Michelle Matusch will have an exciting range of recipes and cooking skills to share with field day visitors.

Visitors will have the opportunity to learn, taste, touch, smell and experience the region’s finest food and wine first hand at Henty Machinery Field Day’s Farm Gate Produce Market.

The market has grown into a key attraction at the field days, which will be held on Tuesday, September 18 to Thursday, September 20.

Featuring almost 30 regional exhibitors, the Farm Gate pavilion is located on the southern edge of the field day site and will host cooking demonstrations, and talks by food, wine and beer presenters.

These will include a masterclass from coffee bean roaster and barista Joe Perry, wine tips with winemakers from Cofields and Olive Hills Estate, and beer appreciation with craft brewer Simon Rossato.

Adding to the atmosphere will be talented young musicians from the Dreamfields creative youth mentoring program.

Farm Gate co-ordinator Ordette Mannering, of Albury, is excited about taking part in an event that celebrates this region and its produce.

Ms Mannering said Farm Gate was a growth area of Henty and showcased the fruits of the labours of those working the land.

She said Farm Gate was all about showcasing local product and businesses.

Ranging from regional wines and craft beers to preserves, smoked smallgoods, pastries, artisan bread, herbal teas and gourmet coffee, the market caters for produce primarily grown and value added in southern NSW and Victoria’s North East.

“There will also be plenty of food vendors selling healthy options, such as Paella,’’ Ms Mannering said.

There will a hamper draw of gourmet produce from Farm Gate exhibitors draw at 2pm each day. Simply clip out the coupon in the official HMFD program and drop it in the barrel at Farm Gate.

2018 marks the eighth year of Farm Gate and will feature plenty of cooking demonstrations from guest chef Michelle Matusch.

Michelle will cook up a storm with regionally produced beef, showcase easy recipes for common allergies and cooking while camping, one pot wonders plus show visitors how to chop like a chef.

“With new participants and returning vendors, Henty is a great way for businesses to promote new products and get them tried and tested with a broad market audience,’’ Ms Mannering said.

Check out HMFD’s Facebook for more detailed timing of demonstrations closer to the event.