The last thing you expect to see in a field of corn, cows or chickens are chefs, cooks or celebrities.
And yet here, in the fine fields of Felton, is exactly what I found.
2012 is the Year of the Farmer and there certainly are wonderful farms with fantastic produce surrounding the fine fields of Felton. The festival was packed with fantastic events and the organisers were stunned at the support and people who rocked along.
Chef and owner of Tank and Brett’s Wharf Alastair McLeod, showcased his wit and wisdom as he gave cooking demonstrations. Celebrity gardener Costa Georgiadis from ABC TV’s Gardening Australia was passionate and inspiring as he demonstrated tips and ideas on growing food in the home garden . To cap it off, profits from the day went to the national suicide prevention charity R U OK?, and the locals used the opportunity to publicise their opinions on the proposed opencut coal mine and petrochemical plant plans earmarked for the area. Contentious conversations indeed.
The Food Festival also managed to raise $830 for ‘Plates for Mates‘ by passing around a bucket and auctioning off a signed plate with signatures of chefs including Manu Feidel and George Calombaris. (Which sadly I did not win!)
Felton was absolutely gorgeous, and the festival probably was hosted in the best possible place – a large open field shared with cows and chooks, surrounded by rolling hills, gorgeous scenery, fresh local produce of every kind imaginable.
I will be back next year for sure. Earmark the date – May 20 – and be sure to head out to the Hampton’s High Country for next year’s show.