It was an honour to attend the Inaugural National Feast on 21 June 2015 and to see Australian honey as the centrepiece of a new celebration of Australian produce. Their Excellencies the Honourable Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Lady Cosgrove hosted the event at Government House, Canberra. It was an acknowledgement of the contribution agribusiness makes to our Australian way of life and to celebrate the quality of Australian produce. The Agribusiness Council of Australia (ACA) launched the National Feast as their flagship event to coincide with the winter solstice and have similar events planned throughout Australia for 2016.
All generations of our family contributed to the festivities and we were very proud to see our produce included with other examples of excellent Australian produce. The honey comb display case had been hand made by our 2nd and third generation (Len and David Walker ) last year and its raw unpolished appearance was stunning against the polished silverware of the buffet.
The Capital Region Farmers Market was well represented with local produce showcased on the menu. Of course our Canberra Urban Honey was the stand out produce on display in the buffet and the dining room.
The menu was designed by Clayton J Donovan, from The Jaaningtree, who is Australia’s only indigenous hatted chef. It was a remarkable feast prepared by Government House Head Chef, Jane Booth.
It was lovely to share the event on social media with a small number of people who also joined in the event across Australia. ACA executive chair, Roy Duncanson, hopes the event gets bigger and better every year, and said: “This is how we “first-feasters” toast everyone involved in making our remarkable agribusiness sector what it is today and we look forward to hearing how you all join in for the 2016 National Feast”.
It was a wonderful event, creating a memory of a lifetime and looking back, I wish I had taken more photos. These photos are collection of photos from our camera and also major contributions from Pip Courtney (Landline) , Scott and Paula Fraser (Obe Organic Beef) as well as Clayton Donovan (Jaanning Tree Restaurant)
It was a wonderful night, and I’m so glad to see it featured on Australia’s premier agricultural television program – Landline . I hope we inspire you to all join in next year to celebrate the quality of Australian produce.
I’d encourage you to have a look at the Agribusiness Council of Australia, and get involved in recognising the excellent produce Australia has to offer. Or, as ACA executive chair, Roy Duncanson, said on the evening: ”We could all do more to Advance Australia Fare”.
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