Moree on a Plate committee member Marianna Pollock, left, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and President Bethany Kelly are looking forward to this weekend’s event.
Monday, 7 May 2018
WITH final preparations underway for this weekend’s Moree on a Plate Food and Wine Festival, the signature regional event has received a $2,000 boost, to help cater for an expected record crowd on Saturday.
Member for Northern Tablelands and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall announced the funding today and said he was proud to support the iconic festival.
“Last year almost 6,000 people from across the region took part in Moree on a Plate and this year it’s expected to be even bigger,” Mr Marshall said.
“I’m proud to support the event and help it grow and promote more of our region’s fabulous local produce.”
With the event continuing to expand, organisers will use the funds to purchase an additional large marquee to provide cover for patrons to enjoy some of the scrumptious food on offer during the festival.
“The marquee will also be used during the September Long Lunch so that it too, can cater for more people wishing to take part,” Mr Marshall said.
“I congratulate Bethany Kelly and the Moree on a Plate committee on securing the grant and their hard work to grow the event into one which simply cannot be missed.”
Last year, the local MP teamed up with his Federal counterpart Mark Coulton to finish a respectable third in the Blokes on the BBQ cook-off, but this weekend, Mr Marshall said he was looking forward to relaxing and taking in all the delightful sights and tastes of the event.
“Considering our culinary abilities and lack of preparation, I thought Mark and I did really well last year, but I note that we haven’t been invited back,” Mr Marshall said jokingly.
“I’m really looking forward a relaxing day, enjoying all the delicious food and products from across our region.
“The weather should be perfect and I hope to see another huge turnout of visitors.”