Good Food & Wine Show

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Every food producer should experience this event.


November 5-7th 2010. 
Brisbane Convention Centre


Come and discover thousands of tastes, flavours, products and techniques from hundreds of exhibitors at the Good Food & Wine Show.  

Food producers can gain gret ideas  from other products as well as seeking distribution contacts.

It’s like Australia’s biggest gourmet deli, most fascinating kitchen shops and delicious restaurants – and it’s all waiting for you to discover!

Imagine the delights of:

        •     Seeing your favourite celebrity chef appearing live in the Celebrity Theatre with demonstrations and book signings throughout the show

        •     Tasting new dishes designed by our celebrity chefs including Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Manu    Fieldel in the Show Restaurant in Brisbane.

        •     Satisfing your tastebuds in the Cheese Matters Masterclass or the delicious recipes in the Gourmet Garden Cooking School, as well as exciting wine sessions in the Riedel Decanter Bar.

If you would like your product displayed at Good Food & Wine Show, contact Belinda Down at DEEDI on 4048 1119

For more information go to

Our Farmers. Our Future.

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 Australian Year of the Farmer

In 2012, we celebrate the Australian Year of the Farmer. It recognises what farmers do for all Australians. It’s about what we eat; about fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy, grains, fish, meat and about wool, cotton, timber and wine – all the fine quality products that our farmers grow and harvest in large and small businesses.

Australia’s farmers should be recognised and celebrated: for feeding the nation, for leading the world in farming techniques and innovation, and for sustaining the vital agribusinesses that underpin our economy. Farmers are the providers of our nation.

The Australian Year of the Farmer reaches out to a broad audience – indeed to every Australian. It aims to involve and bring together rural and urban communities, schools, farming organisations, all the suppliers and the consumers of Australia’s fine produce in a year-long program of events across the nation.

The Australian Year of the Farmer will raise the profile of farming, highlighting the importance of food security and our dependence on the Australian farmer. Especially, it will remind city folk of the importance of our farmers, fostering greater connection and understanding, encouraging all of us to look for, to purchase and to appreciate
Australian produce. And it will demonstrate how farmers respect and value the relationship they have with consumers and urban communities.

The Australian Year of the Farmer will also focus on the future and the sustainability of our farming industries. As the Australian population grows, so does our dependence on our farmers. Our trading partners around the world also require us to keep pace with growing need and with increasing pressure on food security…

… It’s an ever-growing need.

For all of us, farming is Australia’s Life Support System … it feeds, supports, and sustains life.

Australian Farmers. Our Farmers. Our Future

Opportunity for Farmers to Source New Markets

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Global movement towards sourcing food locally creates opportunity for farmers and producers



Tropical North Queensland farmers and food producers are being offered the chance to learn more about how to take advantage of the growing international trend for locally-produced food products.

In response to growing consumer demand for fresh seasonal food and a reduced distance between where food is produced and distributed throughout the world, Southern Cross University, in partnership with Advance Cairns, will be showcasing a regional food system designed to enable local farmers and producers to diversify and add value to their products.

Next month the regional bodies will host two ‘Food and Agritourism’ field days, one at Mena Creek and the other at Walkamin and two ‘Regional Food System’ producer forums, one at Mourilyan and the other at Walkami.

Rose Wright, industry extension manager at Southern Cross University’s Australian Regional Tourism Research Centre said the regional food system concept and development of links to food tourism could allow farmers to diversify their income and therefore become more financially resilient.

“Farmers watching their margins fall in the traditional central market system, while consumer prices increase and retail food profits continue to grow, are pausing for thought and wondering ‘is there a better way to earn a living from my hard work?’ – and these forums will provide some answers and options,” Ms Wright said.

“In order to give locals and visitors a real ‘taste of paradise’, we need to work with the farmers to ensure that local, fresh seasonal food is available for sale at food retailers and on restaurant and hotel menus throughout the region.

“We need to be able to tell the difference between local produce and food that comes from outside the region so that consumers, both locals and visitors, can easily make the choice to buy authentic local food.

“The how to cycle hgh field days are an excellent opportunity for farmers to find out how to value-add to what they are already producing in a way that links them with local consumers, visitors and commercial users and promotes their produce in a totally new market.”

The ‘Regional Food System’ producer forums will provide information to local producers and manufacturers about opportunities for selling produce within the region and will also promote discussion around the establishment of a regional food supply chain.

The ‘Food and Agritourism’ field days will provide information to farmers and rural land holders about developing ‘on-farm’ tourism opportunities.

The upcoming events follow the success of the recently completed Tropical North Queensland Tourism Development Program, an initiative of Southern Cross University, Advance Cairns and the Federal Government aimed at broadening the range of tourism products and experiences in the region.

Key outcomes of the program were the development of a strategy to link agriculture, food and tourism sectors and a business development program to support farmers to diversify, beginning with activities like the food forums and the agritourism field days.

The ‘Food and Agritourism’ field days will be held at Mena Creek on Wednesday, November 10 and at Walkamin on Thursday November, 11 from 9am to 3pm. The cost is $27.50 per person including lunch and morning tea.

The ‘Regional Food System’ producer forums will be held at Mourilyan on Tuesday, November 9 and at Walkamin on Thursday, November 11 from 3.30pm to 5.30pm and the forums are free.

Southern Cross University and Advance Cairns are encouraging anyone interested  to attend. Please note that spaces are limited at the forums and people wanting to attend are requested to RSVP to Shene Kemp, Advance Cairns on 07 4080 2900 or email .  For further information contact Sue Fairley, Project Officer, Advance Cairns on 0417 735 724  or

Food Innovation Future Prosperity

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Brisbane – Friday, 29 October, 2010

Research, Development, Engineering and Innovation are key fundamentals to a prosperous and vibrant Queensland Food Industry. Join us in hearing from Government and research providers about how the food industry in Queensland is currently cialis forum supported. Find out about product and packaging innovation methods and understand why a good stage gated innovation process is critical to your company’s efforts to deliver new products & services into the Australia Food Supply.

For more information:   state-conference-flyer-final

Sustainability to Manufacture Effectively One Day Workshop

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Thursday October 21 2010
This one-day workshop will show you how to optimise your people, time, materials and energy usage to ensure your business is sustainable in the long term. Discover tools that will ultimately contribute to cost reduction and increase efficiency, and allow your business to become more environmentally friendly. 
Venue:   Rydges Esplanade Resort
                  Cnr The Esplanade & Kerwin St, Cairns
Cost:       $220.00 
Time:      8:30:00 AM to 5:00:00 PM



World Avocado Congress 2011 for Cairns

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3 August 2010


The VII World Avocado Congress 2011 will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre in Cairns, Australia from the 4-9 September 2011. An event held every four years, the Congress is a rare opportunity for the world-wide avocado industry to come together to share and learn everything there is to know about avocados.

Avocados Australia is proud to announce the launch of the VII World Avocado Congress 2011 website (  This website is a resource for potential delegates, exhibitors and sponsors of the Congress to register their interest and receive up-to-date information about Congress activities, view the preliminary schedule, and access general information about Australia and Cairns.

“One of the great opportunities that the World Congress allows is the exchange of information between the Spanish and English speaking avocado world,” explains Mr Antony Allen, President Elect of the International Avocado Society and CEO of Avocados Australia, “everyone comes together; researchers, growers and marketers, all attend in large numbers” he said.

More than 1000 avocado growers, wholesalers, food service suppliers, market traders, retail and government representatives from across 15 countries are expected to attend the Congress next September.

The Congress offers delegates the chance to hear expert insights on the latest techniques for growing; learn about the newest trends in avocado marketing; and listen to up-to-date information about how issues, such as the state of the economy and climate change, will impact the future of the avocado industry.

The program will also allow delegates of the Congress the time and opportunity to take advantage of global networking opportunities; to strengthen old relationships and establish new connections within the industry.

The Congress website also offers information about flights and fun activities in Cairns. Cairns is the gateway to far north Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef, offering world heritage rainforests and an abundance of natural wonders. Delegates can enjoy interesting and varied shopping, 5-star accommodation, spectacular dining, cruises and tour attractions.
“The website is very easy to navigate, and will give visitors the opportunity to not only learn all about the Congress but will also help plan their visit to Australia for this unforgettable event” said Miss Nataly Rubio, Congress Co-ordinator.

Registration, accommodation, sponsorship and exhibition information will be available on the website in the coming weeks. For more information about the VII World Avocado Congress 2011 please visit

For inquiries or commentplease contact:
Nataly Rubio – Congress Co-ordinator & International Communications Officer, Avocados Australia
P: 07 3846 6566, M: 0488 111 443, E:, Skype User: congreso2011
Antony Allen – CEO, Avocados Australia
M: 0438 132 477, E:

Courtney Vane – Communications Officer, Avocados Australia
P: 07 3846 6566, M: 0488 384 222, E: 


Avocados Australia Limited is the Peak Industry Body in Australia for Avocados. We are a “not for profit” membership based organisation. Our members are Avocado growers along with associated businesses and industry people.
Avocados Australia seeks to work with all parts of the chain from production through to the consumer. By working together we seek to continually improve the ability of growers to provide a healthy, profitable and safe product for all consumers. As part of this continual improvement we guide a “research & development” and “marketing and promotion” program for the Australian Avocado industry.
The Australian Avocado industry comprises 1100 growers across the country and produces 49,500 tonnes of Avocados each year worth $AUD180 million at farm gate and $430 million at retail level. Key growing areas are North, Central and Southeast Queensland, Northern and Central New South Wales, the Sunraysia or Tristate area (South Australia, Victoria and South Western New South Wales) and Western Australia.
For more information Media Resources or Avocado News or contact Avocados Australia at

Delicious Magazine Launches The 2011 Produce Awards

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The search is on for Australia’s best produce in the delicious. Produce Awards 2011.

Nominations now open with the October Issue!

Australia’s small, artisan producers are the heroes of our food industry, and we need your help to find the best of the best as we launch the delicious. Produce Awards 2011.

Now in their sixth year, the awards are widely supported and recognised in the food industry. The awards acknowledge those who are committed to quality and sustainable practices in what they grow and create, as well as chefs and food lovers who help to promote small producers.

Nominees are shortlisted and tasted throughout the year by a panel of leading chefs around the country, before being presented to our national judges to decide next year’s winners.

In addition to the primary produce categories of From the Earth, From the Sea, From the Dairy, From the Paddock and Best New Product, this year sees the introduction of a new award for Best Regional Product, aimed at discovering artisans working with their local primary growers to bring quality products to market.

“Every great meal, whether at home or in a restaurant, begins with good produce,” says delicious. senior editor and awards panellist Matt Preston. “The awards shine a spotlight on our food heroes, people who are raising the bar on what great produce means.”

The national judges are:
*    Alla Wolf-Tasker (The Lake House, Vic)
*    Matt Moran (Aria Restaurant, NSW/Qld)
*    Cheong Liew (The Botanical, Vic)
*    Philip Johnson (E’cco Bistro, Qld)
*    And patron, Maggie Beer (SA)

They will be assisted by state judges:
*  NSW Justin North, Bécasse and Alex Herbert, Bird Cow Fish
*  VIC Paul Wilson, Mr. Wilson Consulting and Matt Wilkinson, Pope Joan
*  SA Mark McNamara, Appellation and David Swain, Fino
*  QLD Shane Bailey, Berardo’s Restaurant and Bar, and Kym Machin, Urbane
*  WA Hadleigh Troy, Restaurant Amusé and Sophie Zalokar
*  TAS Annie Parmentier, Dev’Lish, and Daniel Alps, Daniel Alps at Strathlynn

Readers who nominate in the awards and show their support for local producers have the chance to win a $5000 luxury escape for two to Hamilton Island’s Qualia resort. Nominations close 20 May 2010.
To nominate now, visit:

Harrison’s Restaurant Wins State’s Best New Restaurant

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Congratulations to Spencer Patrick and his team at Harrison’s Restaurant & Bar in Port Douglas who won the Queensland State Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence,  for the best New Restaurant that was announced on Monday 13  September at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.


New Restaurant
Sponsored by HOSTPLUS
WINNER – Harrison’s Restaurant & Bar, Port Douglas NORTH & FAR NORTH QLD
Bella Cosi Restaurant, Chermside BRISBANE & DARLING DOWNS
Café Sirocco on Maggie Island, Nelly Bay NORTH & FAR NORTH QLD
Drift Café Jetty & Events, Milton BRISBANE & DARLING DOWNS
Glass Dining & Lounge Bar, Main Beach GOLD COAST
Milagro Modern Australian, Noosaville SUNSHINE COAST
Prive 249, Brisbane BRISBANE & DARLING DOWNS

Fine Foods and Hospitality Melbourne

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Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre 

Monday, 13 September 2010 – Thursday, 16 September 2010  
The largest gathering of international food, drink and equipment for the retail, foodservice and hospitality industries.

At Fine Food Australia 2010 you will gain direct access to a vast variety of inspiring products designed specifically for the food and drink industry.  See thousands of products for the retail, foodservice and bakery sectors. This is your opportunity to taste, try and buy the latest the food industry has to offer.
Imerse yourself in Fine Food Worlds of Gourmet World, Bakery World, Confectionary World, Drink World

Irresistible Gluten Free Show Melbourne

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Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre 

Sunday, 3 October 2010 –  Monday, 4 October 2010

The Irresistible Gluten Free Show is Australia’s largest Gluten Free Show. It provides those interested in gluten free lifestyles and general good health a myriad of foods, goods and educational seminars all under one roof. Thousands attend to discover the latest gluten free products, be inspired by Australia’s top chefs and hear from leading dieticians and medical professionals.