Educate people on primary production and the importance of agriculture and water to our region and Australia
Provide a platform for food and fibre producers to market and showcase their product/service
Educate people on sustainable living through the use of local produce in cooking
Support development of a cohesive arts community with interactive displays and workshops
The Taste Coleambally Committee, on behalf of Coleambally farmers and community, invite the Riverina communities and their urban cousins to be part of the third Taste Coly event. The committee has a range of exciting and fun events planned for the weekend to showcase farming and sustainable food production and local arts and culture.
The Taste Coly - Food and Farm Festival grew from a dedicated group of local farmers and community members wanting to show consumers how they grow food for Australia and the world in a sustainable and highly productive manner.
Coleambally Irrigation is one of the most water efficient delivery systems in Australia and each year one average Coleambally irrigation farm sustainably feeds an amazing 4,516 people. Given there are 487 farm units in the Coleambally Irrigation Area, it means that Coleambally irrigated farms feed 2,199,292 people for the entire year, each year they receive their full water entitlement.
The second Festival in 2014, was even bigger and better with about 1000 people taking up the opportunity to participate in the events. The introduction of a Guest Foodie, Rebecca Sullivan, proved to be very successful as it led to the festival being promoted on the Today Show and entertaining cooking demonstrations at the Festival.
The 2016 festival will power up the ways it offers the opportunity for our visitors to learn about what is grown right here in Australia. The festival shines a light on the bigger picture of Irrigated Agriculture and sustainable use of water. This festival assists all irrigators in the Riverina and across Australia by getting an important message across to as many people as possible, not only urban people, but local residents too.
We are offering a very special visitor experience in 2016 through a wider range of activities. We will boost visitor numbers through a focus on motor homers and by providing a Home Hosting system to expand the accommodation available. We are aiming to boost numbers to several thousand in 2016 with the extended lead time to organise the event, in addition to more extensive advertising.
A new objective for 2016 is to further leverage both Taste Riverina and the festival program to ensure the event’s sustainability, by supporting the development of a cohesive arts community for Coleambally. We are working with Western Riverina Arts and local artists to feature interactive displays and workshops at the festival and in its lead-up. The multicultural aspect of our community created by the influx of backpackers and regional workers from around the world, will be embraced, with backpackers and Woofers welcomed and encouraged to participate in all facets of the festival.