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Community Engagement, Sponsorship Opportunities at EGVID 2020 & More

Diverse group of East Gippsland food and fibre businesses for community engagement and more!

By Portal Admin - 4th February 2020 - Back to News

Community Engagement

Through our collaborative network, late last week we were able to bring together a diverse group of East Gippsland food and fibre businesses for an informal chat with the Head of Bushfire Recovery Victoria, Ken Lay.

It was a very humbling afternoon as people told their stories of how the bushfires have impacted them and the region.

Everyone was encouraged by the comments from Ken that local problems need local solutions using local resources. He reiterated that from both state and federal government, there is a big focus on community engagement in the short and long term.

Each story told a very personal experience, but what was very evident in the room was a sense of "we are all in this together". This is the beginning of many more conversations with community, industry, government and researchers across the region as the recovery from the bushfires continues.

Collaboratively Putting Gippsland Produce on the Map

Last chance to register for next week's Made In Gippsland | Grown In Gippsland Provenance Trust Token Workshop at Narkoojee Winery, as we continue the conversation and move forward with putting Gippsland produce on the map.

The focus will be on considering the development of a Gippsland ‘provenance trust’ indicator – rather than a ‘brand’ strategy at this stage. This recognises that Gippsland produce is actually a collective of regional brands, regional brand stories and events.

We'll be discussing themes such as:

  • Geographic Indicators (GIs)
  • Use /design of trademarks (TMs)
  • Traceability/Provenance Validation – including technologies
  • Purpose – local, national, export?
  • Licensing / Terms & Conditions of Use
  • Governance
  • Alignment with other sub-regional, state and national strategies
  • Promoting the ‘provenance trust’ indicator

Join us at Narkoojee Winery for a discussion forum and workshop on next Wednesday the 29th of January from 9:45 am to 2:30 pm. Lunch and afternoon tea will be provided, so it is essential to register, and the cut-off is 10am Tuesday. Click here to reserve your seat.

Be Part of the Fight Food Waste Revolution

The Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre’s (FFWCRC) Industry Connection Hub has launched a very important survey in a bid to ascertain new training programs and innovative education delivery mechanisms to Australian food businesses in regard to food waste.

The FFWCRC is looking for responses from everyone – from growers, producers, farmers, those within the fishing and aquaculture industry sectors, harvesters, processors, value-adders, packers, those in quality assurance, sales and marketing roles, logistics, compliance (e.g. food safety, regulations, OH&S), wholesalers, retailers and food service.

Take part in the survey and go into the draw to win a $200 VISA voucher, or the winner can choose a $200 donation to their favourite food rescue charity of choice instead.

It will only take about 10-15 minutes to complete - click here to go to the survey.

Food & Fibre Gippsland is an Industry Partner of the Fight Food Waste CRC and proud to be part of the fight food waste revolution in Australia.

Smoke Taint Info Sessions

The AWRI is conducting smoke taint workshops and Wine Gippsland has secured Con Simos, Group Manager Industry Development and Support, to present to Gippsland on Friday, January 31.

The session will cover a Q&A on smoke taint and also a support plan to assist producers who may have been impacted by the fires and smoke.

The session will be held at the Quality Inn, Traralgon – 5601 Princes Highway, Traralgon from 1 to 3pm.

Participation is free, but registrations are preferred –email

Value Adding Via Food Drying

Food drying presents many opportunities for value-adding regional produce.

The CSIRO is holding a short course to explain the technology and processes as well as provide some practical insights from industry professionals.

Click here to find out more information and to register.

Great Opportunities Still Available to be Part of EGVID 2020

The list of those already committed as a sponsor or exhibitor reads like an industry who's who, headed up by major sponsor Zorvec active by Corteva, along with significant support from East Gippsland Shire Council and Horticulture Innovation Australia.

Don't miss out on the biggest horticulture field day event in the country, with the 2020 site almost double the size from when it was first held back in 2014.

Remaining sponsor and exhibitor spots in the supply chain hub or out in the field are going quickly - so get in touch with the event coordinator to see how your business can be involved in this major event.

With planting underway, the field site at Lindenow in East Gippsland will showcase lines from eleven of the world's leading seed companies, as well as eight different AgChem demonstrations.

Held every three years, EGVID is an important networking opportunity and a huge showcase of innovation in vegetable production. It's all about extending knowledge and learning whilst engaging across the industry value chain.

For the first time ever in the Southern Hemisphere, the Tenth International Spinach Conference is being held in conjunction with EGVID2020. Supported by Gold Sponsor Enza Zaden, the conference will cover a diverse range of presentations and discussions on market trends, food safety, climate change, technology, research, value chains and much more.

Food & Fibre Gippsland is proud to be a supporting partner in the delivery of EGVID 2020, which is set to attract over 1000 visitors to the region.

Hospitality Forum #2 - February 2020

Following on from our successful first hospitality forum in mid 2019, we are bringing everyone together again.

In partnership with TAFE Gippsland, this will be a great opportunity to workshop further ideas for the future as we focus on supporting the food services and hospitality sector to build capacity, drive stronger connectivity to the region's food producers, and address logistics challenges.

With the region's growing reputation in the food tourism market, the workshop content will be designed to complement initiatives from partner organisations like Destination Gippsland and East Gippsland Marketing.

Join us to be part of the collaborative force supporting greater prosperity in the hospitality sector. Participation is free, but registrations are essential! Click here to reserve your seat.

Another New Member!

Flooding Creek Fungi is the latest addition to the Food & Fibre Gippsland member clan, and we're delighted to welcome Leah and Josef!

They are growing gourmet mushrooms at Sale, in the Wellington Shire of Gippsland - about 2.5 hours east of Melbourne. Varieties grown include Shiitake, Phoenix Oyster, Elm Oyster and Lions Mane.

Orders, subject to availability, can be placed via the Open Food Network and they are regulars at a selection of Farmers and Producers markets around the region.


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