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Food and wine showcase trumpets the culinary charms of the Hunter and the Central Coast

The innovative excellence of the Hunter and Central Coast food and wine industries is being championed at NSW Parliament this week, as the State Government hosts a regional food and wine showcase.

Minister for Primary Industries and State Development Ian Macdonald said about 30 of the regions’ best food and wine producers will be promoted to Sydney food and wine buyers at the Hunter and Central Coast food and wine showcase.

“This week is aimed at generating more business for the world class food and wine producers of the Hunter and Central Coast, to help generate jobs, economic benefits and regional tourism,” Macdonald said. “We will be literally putting the regions’ food and wine on the plates of Sydney food and beverage trade representatives, when food personality Lyndey Milan presents a showcase of gourmet foods and award-winning wines from about 30 passionate producers."

“Hatted chef Andrew Clarke from Pokolbin’s Rock Restaurant; Ian Hemphill of Herbie’s Spices; and Iain Riggs, Chair of Judges of the Hunter Valley Wine Show, will speak on how Australia’s oldest wine region is reinventing itself through culinary excellence.

“We’ll be targeting key players and influencers in the Sydney food and beverage trade including providores, restaurateurs, sommeliers, hotel food and beverage managers, caterers, speciality food and wine retailers, export consolidators and media representatives.

“For the rest of next week, Hunter and Central Coast produce will be featured in a specially-designed menu at Parliament’s Strangers Dining Room.

“In a further initiative, Hunter food and wine producers will showcase their produce at the Rocks Farmers Market on Fridays and Saturdays over the next month, followed by other regions on a regular basis, with the assistance of the NSW Government.”

Minister for the Hunter Jodi McKay said the Hunter and Central Coast are home to several innovative companies and have attracted significant food and beverage industry investment in recent years.

“The Hunter and Central Coast are home to successful firms including Master Foods, Sanitarium and Sara Lee and, in recent times, we’ve seen investments like Kellogg Australia establishing a major snack food plant in Wyong and Pacific Beverages building its new $100 million Bluetongue Brewery at Warnervale,” McKay said.

“Next week’s showcase and the regions’ involvement with the Rocks Farmers Market will highlight the first class quality and innovative boutique food and beverage production from each area.

“Among the produce to be featured at Parliament House will be award-winning Redgate Farm's Jurassic Quail, Chocolate Bliss Rocky Road prepared with hand-made marshmallow and chocolate, and Moorebank Wine Grape Paste derived from a family recipe handed down through the generations.”

McKay said it was fitting the showcase is being held in Hunter Food and Wine Month, a celebration of the very best food and wine the region has to offer.

“The Hunter and Central Coast food and wine industries have an obvious tourism and cultural appeal as well as playing an integral role each regions’ economy,” McKay said.

“The Hunter is Australia’s oldest wine region, producing 31mL of wine annually with a value of more than $230m.

“The Hunter saw almost 6.3m visitors last year spending more than seven million nights and injecting almost $1.3b into the region's economy.

“The Central Coast saw more than 4.2m visitors last year spending more than 3.5m nights and injecting $765m into the region's economy.”

Exhibitors at the Hunter and Central Coast food and wine showcase Food producers: River Roast of Maitland (coffee) Snails Bon Appetite of Congewai (snails) Chocolate Bliss of Charlestown (chocolate products) Morpeth Sourdough of Morpeth (bread) Hunter Belle Cheese of Denman (cheeses) Herbie's Spices of Charmhaven (spices) Newcastle's Pudding Lady of Cardiff (puddings) The Chilli Factory of Morisset (chilli products) River Flats Estate of Broke (olive oil products) Pukara Estate of Muswellbrook (olive oil products) A Taste of the Bush of West Gosford (native spices) Camelot Gourmet Food of Wallarobba (lavender food products) Tailor Made Fish Farm of Bob's Farm (farmed fish) Redgate Farm of Woodville (quail) Broken Bay Oyster Association of Hawkesbury River (oysters) Wineries: Brokenwood of Pokolbin Moorebank Vineyard of Pokolbin Oakvale Wines of Pokolbin Millbrook Estate of Millfield Ballabourneen Wine Co of Pokolbin Whispering Brook of Broke The Little Wine Company of Broke Scarborough Wine Co of Pokolbin Echo Ridge Wines of Pokolbin Gartelmann Hunter Estate of Lovedale Catherine Vale Wines of Fordwich Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard of Broke Fordwich Robyn Drayton Wines of Pokolbin Tyrrell's Vineyards of Pokolbin Vinden Estate Wines of Pokolbin Other exhibitors: Hunter Valley Wine Industry Association Hunter Tourism Central Coast Tourism

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