Rural

Bundaberg farmers want us to celebrate with local produce

BUY LOCAL: Local beef and produce were used for this year’s 2012 BFVG Gala Dinner.
BUY LOCAL: Local beef and produce were used for this year’s 2012 BFVG Gala Dinner. Contributed

THIS festive season is a great opportunity for the consumer to enjoy quality local produce from all the major food groups necessary in a balanced, healthy diet.

Celebrations with family and friends during the festive season in Australia are typically enjoyed around tables loaded with fine food and condiments from all the major food groups.

The 2013 autumn period looks promising as well with a reasonable season expected for Keet mangoes, custard apples, carambola ...

A massive range of taste sensations are available from fresh Australian fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, sugar, seafood, meat, dairy and grain products. Why not celebrate in style with family, friends and put a smile on the faces of Australian producers!

Bundaberg Fruit & Vegetable Growers (BFVG) executive officer Peter Hockings believes the local consumer should take advantage of the massive diversity of food available from the region.

"At the 2012 BFVG Gala Dinner it was highlighted that a fantastic meal can be created from locally grown produce. Ninety-five percent of the raw ingredients used in the gala dinner's four-course menu were sourced from within the Wide Bay Burnett region," Mr Hockings said.

The menu for the black-tie event showcased the capacity and innovation within the region and truly identified the diversity of food grown in the area for the Australian and international consumer.

Although some crops are currently down in yield, consumers should still be able to purchase local fresh produce and local high-quality condiments over the festive season.

"Keep an eye out for local lychees, melons, pineapples, avocadoes, mangoes, and a vast range of other great eating produce available during the Christmas and new year period. It is also a great time to utilise locally produced value-add products.

"Following summer, the 2013 autumn period looks promising as well with a reasonable season expected for Keet mangoes, custard apples, carambola and of course all of the major fruit and vegetable commodities well known to the consumer," he said.

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