GLENRAC’s 30th Anniversary Dinner to Showcase Fresh, Local Food
New England produce will be the star of the show at GLENRAC’s 30th Anniversary 100-Mile Community Dinner next week.
Featuring fresh produce sourced within a 160km radius of Glen Innes, dinner guests will be treated to a menu of Stanthorpe cheeses, smoked trout, honey glazed goat, roasted venison, pickled vegetables, black garlic and fresh strawberries.
Producers Graham Moore of Moore Venison, Graham Baker of Baker's Bees, Peter Scott of Gillens Glencoe Garlic, and Tom Hartmann of Glen Olives will also share their paddock to plate story, and the impact of the current climate on their business, with the audience during the night.
“The drought has impacted us over the last two years, with production being down by 60% approximately,” says Mr Hartmann, whose olive grove of over 800 trees, including the varieties Leccino, Fratoio, Pendolino, Sevillano, Volos and Kalamata, regularly win Glen Olives top awards at the annual Sydney Royal Fine Food Show.
“As well as this dinner giving us more exposure, and highlighting to a lot of people that olives really are grown in the New England, we are looking forward to hearing how other producers are drought proofing their properties.”
For Mr Scott, his wife and their growing partners, Jim and Lynn Gillen, the dinner provides an opportunity to educate the wider community about their niche produce. “We are growing garlic, which is then processed into black garlic through a heating and curing method called the ‘Maillard Reaction’. Through this process, the raw garlic loses its strong Allicin taste, while retaining its antibiotic and antiviral qualities and increasing its amounts of antioxidants and amino acids.
“Since the consumption of black garlic is relatively new in Australia, we are currently introducing it to the general public by sale at community markets from Glen Innes and Armidale to Bathurst, Orange, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Harden and health food stores in Glen Innes and Inverell. Jim and Lynn are hopeful that in the future they will be exporting to South East Asia.
“We look forward to answering questions about the health benefits of black garlic at the GLENRAC dinner. The more that people know about this 4000-year-old Korean product, the wider that the benefits of black garlic will spread.”
Other producers featured on the night include Campbell’s Butchery, Premier Meats Tenterfield, Deano’s Springwater Trout, AusGoat, Stanthorpe Cheese, Redbank Farm, Super Strawberry Glen Innes, The Glen Initiative Garden, Bakers Bees, AnneE’s Brew, Glen Pie Shop, Guyra and Blush Tomatoes, Janie Kent Cakes, Deepwater Brewing and Toppers Mountain Wines.
GLENRAC’s 30th Anniversary 100-Mile Community Dinner, Friday 22nd November from 6:30pm.