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Minister launches Taste Great Southern 2008 in Albany

Members of the Great Southern Region Marketing Association and distinguished guests celebrated the launching of Taste Great Southern 2008 on Sunday evening at UWA in Albany with the Minister for Agriculture and Food and the Great Southern, Hon Kim Chance.

Chance took the opportunity to visit the region to experience the incredible diversity of “taste” sensations of the region’s food and wine produce. Local food and wine were showcased along with the talents of the local chefs who are participating in the Taste festival. The chefs’ created edible food sculptures using a range of local seafood and fresh produce resulting in an amazing display to whet the appetite for the coming festival. Guests who enjoyed the abundance of local produce included Peter Watson, Milton Evans Mayor of Albany, Bruce Manning, CEO of GSDC, Rod Vervest, PIAF, Chris Tate, EventsCorp, and Peter Butler and Suzanne Yewers from Fletcher International WA.

Chance presented the Great Southern Region Marketing Association Acting Chair, Mal Dickie, with a cheque for $11,000 towards continuing the marketing of the regions fine produce.

The Minister said “A coordinated regional approach to marketing local produce provides better exposure for producers and makes more efficient use of available resources”.

Taste Great Southern 2008 will be held throughout the region from 26 February to 9 March. Guest chefs have been invited to participate in Master Classes, long table lunches at West Cape Howe, Broomehill, Kojonup, and Kendenup, and the Porongurup Wine Festival, to name only a few of the events that will feature.

For more information visit www.greatsouthernregion.com.au

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