AgFest Field Days 2015

A fresh fall of snow down to 200 metres on my arrival into Launceston only added to the beauty of Tasmanian scenery as I drove the 20 minutes to Carrick for the AgFest Field Days.

The snow-capped mountains glistened spectacularly against a bright blue sky, overlooking rain-soaked paddocks and mobs of ewes that appeared very alert thanks to the cool 6°C breeze.

The state’s largest agricultural field days, played host to more than 700 exhibitors and more than 60,000 visitors including the Prime Minister who enjoyed the foods that Tasmania’s producers are so well known for.

AgFest Field Days 2015 #2 A selection of that local produce was showcased on the  From Paddock to Plate (FP2P) stage, set up amongst the  bright orange Kubota tractors, for all to sample.

It’s not often that you are offered a wine and cheese  tasting while inspecting a new piece of machinery,  however it certainly did not take long for people to get  used to the idea.

From talking about the importance of bees and tasting a  selection of honey varieties, to persuading the olive  producer to reveal his secret pickling recipe, to devouring  fresh raspberries covered in chocolate and learning about  the hazelnut harvest happening in the neighbouring paddock, there was not a moment spare.

School children flocked to the stage to learn about the ‘from paddock to plate’ journey of their favourite foods while hospitality students were assigned the job of offering tastings to the hungry masses.

At one stage, Bernard from the Tasmanian Working Sheepdog Association even had his puppy rounding up the crowds so that they could get a closer look.

Thank you to all the producers for participating in the presentations and tastings with good humour and great jokes and to Kubota, a proud supporter of FP2P.

Louise FitzRoy
Founder of FP2P

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