The delightful and unique tastes and produce of Moira Shire will be on show in coming weeks as part of the Sun Country Food and Wine Festival.
Held alongside the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, which also includes events in the Moira Shire region, the Sun Country Food and Wine Festival is designed to showcase produce which is locally grown and produced.
It will run from March 31 to April 9.
As part of the festival, four chefs from restaurants across the region have been presented with a basket of local produce, which they’ll transform into a special menu to highlight the unique flavours and ingredients.
The four chefs are from Cobram Hotel, The Naked Tree (Yarrawonga), Monichino Wines (Katunga) and The Butlers Pantry (Numurkah).
The basket presented to Cobram Hotel includes delicacies like cider, cactus jam, cheese, turkey, beef, herbs and spices, Cobrawonga dukkah, olive oil and strawberries.
Cobram Hotel’s Adam Rudd said the hampers and festival itself would be a great way to showcase the highlights of the region.
‘‘I think it will be fantastic for businesses in the area to get exposure from within and outside the Moira Shire and Murray region,’’ Mr Rudd said.
‘‘It’s a great showcase for Cobram, our hotel and the amazing produce we have here.’’
Eden Farm Produce’s Gary Baker, who supplied cuts of osso bucco to the hampers, said it was a great way to promote local businesses and produce to locals and tourists during the festival.
This builds on the success of the Farm Gate Trail promotion where visitors can experience working farms and taste locally made produce.
Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland said local produce was fresher, had lower food miles and was, above all, delicious.
‘‘We have some magnificent local produce that is grown and produced right here in Sun Country on the Murray — from cheese and garlic through to meat and vegetables, we have a bit of everything,’’ Cr Cleveland said.
‘‘Wherever you travel around the Sun Country on the Murray region, there is quality food and wine on offer.
‘‘I am looking forward to tasting some of the creations from our very talented local chefs.’’
Cr Cleveland said Murray Regional Tourism was working hard to promote the Murray region as a premier food and wine destination.
‘‘Research has shown that visitors want to learn about what they eating — from the paddock to the plate.’’
A number of other events will also be held across the region as part of the festival, including at Cobba Paddleboat, Ulupna Wines, Café 3641, Cactus Country and Aintree Almonds.
●The Sun Country Food and Wine Festival runs from Friday, March 31 to Sunday, April 9. For more information or to book, phone 1800062260 or visit: www.suncountryonthemurray.com.au