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Finalising the Tuppal Food and Fibre Festival

Organisers say community involvement is needed in the lead up to the Tuppal Food and Fibre Festival.

March 12, 2014 4:12am

The Tuppal Food and Fibre Festival is just seven months away, and organisers say now is the time for the wider community to get involved.

The event will centre around the historic Tuppal Station wool sheds and will include a host of activities and attractions relating to food and fibre production and their uses.

Organising committee chairman Ross Bodey said the event has already gained significant interest, leading him to predict at least 30,000 people will come through the gates.

With such a large crowd expected, he said the committee needs support and hands-on help from the community.

Details on the event and how you can help will be presented at a public meeting at the Tocumwal Bowling Club on Wednesday, March 26 from 7pm.

‘‘It’s important for people to come along so we can inform everyone about the event, and perhaps gain some volunteers.

‘‘We need some team leaders, but what we really need is a lot of other help.

‘‘We also need community organisations to get involved and help run our food court and approved menus, for which they have the opportunity to raise some good funds for their organisation.

‘‘We also need a community group to assist with parking, which will also be remunerated.’’

Mr Bodey said the most important message to get across about the public meeting is that it is not just for Tocumwal residents.

‘‘It’s very much a whole community event and we’re looking for support from people in Deni, Jerilderie and Cobram, and everywhere in between.

‘‘It’s going to be a huge festival – we are very confident of getting in the vicinity of 30,000 people but there are some who believe it will be more.’’

The Food and Fibre Festival builds on the success of the rejuvenation of the Tuppal Station shearing sheds and the re-enactment of Tom Roberts’ famous painting ,‘The Shearing of the Rams’, which brought thousands of people to the iconic property in 2010.

From October 17 to 19 this year, the historic building will again come alive.

Station owner Bruce Atkinson has generously given permission for this iconic shearing shed to host what is being tipped as ‘‘a major rural event’’.

Activities and attractions will be centred around the themes ‘food and fibre’, ‘paddock to plate’ and ‘field to fashion’.

‘‘The goal is to bring the city to the country, to inform the young generations and the city people where their food comes from, to see and understand the source of their clothing and what a vital role in their lives is played by the farming communities of Australia,’’ Mr Bodey said.

‘‘Displays and demonstrations of wool from sheep to garment, of meat and dairy from livestock to table, of rice and grain and fruit from field to market, of grapes from vine to wine, everything for human consumption from paddock to plate, all demonstrating the sustainability of modern farming practices.’’

For more information about the event or how you can help, phone the festival contact number 0458887725.

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