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R U OK | International Chef to visit Gippsland and lots more

An update on news, events, activities and opportunities across the Food & Fibre sector in Gippsland.

By Portal Admin - 22nd September 2019 - Back to News

Embracing, with gratitude, the collaborative spirit of today being National R U OK Day.

Asking someone how they're going isn’t always easy, but that simple question could change and even save a life - today and every day of the year.

Click here for more info and helpful resources

In collaboration with TAFE Gippsland, Food & Fibre Gippsland will welcome an international chef to Gippsland next Monday, who will be devoting most of his day to sharing knowledge via a masterclass with seven 3rd year apprentice chefs at TAFE Gippsland's Bairnsdale campus. Chef Chris Holen from multi-national group Chef Outta Water will be shoulder to shoulder with the apprentices in the kitchen as they create a grazing lunch feast and learn some old school techniques, showcasing Gippsland produce every step of the way.

Read more about the Chef Outta Water collaboration in Gippsland

Gippsland manufacturers are encouraged to apply for a slice of the $50 million in funding from the federal government for the purchase of new technology, with the recent announcement of the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund. The $50 million Manufacturing Modernisation Fund supports manufacturers to modernise, adopt new technologies, become more productive and create more jobs by co-funding capital investments and associated reskilling. Deadline to apply is 31 October, 2019.

Click here to find out more about the opportunities

Meet the Member - Gippsland Pearls

Gippsland Pearls has achieved a lot in a short time, and they haven't even hit their first year anniversary yet! Their gourmet mushrooms continue to grow in popularity and demand, whilst their escargot caviar is a constant source of intrigue and interest. Behind the scenes, owners Cheryl and Sara are driven by the goal of giving back to the Gippsland economy.

Read more about Gippsland Pearls here

For the first time ever, Agribusiness Australia will be holding a regional event in Victoria. Energising Regional Australia is a one day conference that will be held in Bendigo on October 11 and it will address a number critical issues facing rural Australia. Gippsland businesses are encouraged to join the conversation, by registering to attend the conference - places are limited to 148 attendees.

Click here for more information about the conference

Gippsland Connect Project Manager David Grimmond has busy meeting with businesses interested in being part of the SME Export Support program that aims to help improve their capabilities, increase exports and support business/industry growth. There are still places available for more SME's to be involved, and we encourage people at various stages of their export planning to get in touch. There is a broad variety of ways that the program will help Gippsland food and fibre businesses in their export journeys and by talking to David, you'll have a better understanding of how it could be a great fit for your business.

Email David for more information

So Many Wines - And Plenty Of Time!

Of course we are pro-Gippsland, but we do make some of the best wines in Australia, possibly even the world! And next week in Sale at the Gippsland Wine Awards, there is the opportunity to try an impressive selection of them, meet the makers of some award winners, and graze on some delicious Gippsland produce - all in the one place at the Criterion Hotel.

Get tickets to the Gippsland Wine Awards

Crunchy crickets at the Melbourne Showgrounds , a taste of meat that's not meat, and a round table discussion of geographic indicator proportions. Check out what's been happening over the last week with CEO Paul Griffin. Read more here

One new food and one new fibre addition to the member tribe this week, with two iconic businesses from the Latrobe Valley Fisher's Group and Manny's Market Morwell joining Food & Fibre Gippsland. It's great to see the fibre side of our membership base gathering momentum, and with over 100 years collective experience in the timber industry, the team at Fisher's Pallets are large scale producers of wooden pallets for export and local use. Manny's Market Morwell is a supplier of quality fresh fruit and vegetables, servicing the commercial and hospitality industries, as well as the general public with a wide range of gourmet and deli choices. Welcome to you both - it's great to have you here!

Applications are open for the Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, a competitive annual grants program supporting 18–35 year old innovators to think big and contribute to the future success of Australian agriculture. In the 2020 round, there are 11 industry category grants available each worth up to $22,000.

Find out more about grants for Young Innovators in Agriculture

In2 Project Management is hosting an exclusive opportunity for Gippsland businesses to Learn The Art Of Sales, Negotiation, Pitching, Language & Framing With ISR Training Co-Founder & Shark Tank Success Story Jack Corbett. Jack will be sharing his wisdom on all things sales, business and successful entrepreneurship on Tuesday 26 November at Traralgon Vineyard. Don't miss out, tickets are limited!

Click here for more info and to buy tickets

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