Visitors set for a sensory experience at Farm Gate Market


Paella will be one of the delicious dishes to be served at Farm Gate.

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 20 to Thursday, September 22.

Featuring over 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 and wine presenters.

These will include a masterclass from award winning coffee bean roaster Carolyn Higgs, Beechworth baker and life coach Tom O’Toole, Cofield Wines, chilli master Jason Crowley and cheese maker Gayle Rowan.

Adding to the atmosphere will be talented young musicians from the Dreamfields mentoring program and Border singer-songwriter Maidie Dawson on the Farm Gate stage.

The theme for this year is “Low food miles, local produce and regional expertise’’.

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 bread, farmhouse cheese and wine to preserves, smallgoods, berries, beef, cider and gourmet pies, 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.

She said 2016 marked the sixth year of Farm Gate with more floor space, marquee area and interactivity this year.

“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.’’

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