September 16, 2015
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 22 to Thursday, September 24.
Featuring over 20 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 and wine presenters.
These will include Courtney Roulston and Michael Weldon, of hit television show MasterChef, and Beechworth baker and life coach Tom O’Toole.
Adding to the atmosphere will be talented young musicians from the Dreamfields mentoring program and Border singer-songwriter Brock Shirley on the Farm Gate stage.
Farm Gate spokesman Jason Crowley, of Wagga, is excited about taking part in an event that celebrates a passion for the land and its produce.
Mr Crowley said Farm Gate was a growth area of Henty and showcased the fruits of the labours of those working the land.
“The Farm Gate is really a great celebration of the hard working farming communities in Australia, and it allows visitors to experience the vast array of products and produce from our region,’’ he said.
“The Farm Gate section is bigger than ever and is always bringing something different to field day visitors.’’
Ranging from bread, farmhouse cheese and wine to preserves, smallgoods, berries, beef, Danish pastries, cider and gourmet pies, the market caters for produce primarily grown in southern NSW and Victoria’s North East.
Mr Crowley said 2015 marked the fifth year of Farm Gate with more floor space, marquee area and interactivity this year.
“We have new vendors participating and returning vendors bringing new and exciting products to the stage,’’ he said.
“For my own business, Crowley’s Hot Sauce, Henty is a great way to showcase our new products and get them tried and tested with a broad market audience.
“We grow our own chillis in Wagga, manufacture in Wagga but sell across Australia so the exposure we have at Henty introduces our products to a wider market.
“This is our fourth year in business and like Henty, we’re getting bigger and better each year, and we’ve only got our customers to thank.
“They’re our sounding board – in our view it’s mandatory to bring something new each year and this year is no exception.
“Let’s celebrate another year of the Australian land. We have to remember, without our farmers and what they do, we wouldn’t be talking about how Australian produce is renowned around the world.’’