Farrer food showcased in Canberra

Farrer food showcased in Canberra

Member for Farrer Sussan Ley hosted the third annual Farrer Food Fair in Canberra this week, with MPs and hundreds of staffers dropping by for a ‘taste’ of our region.

Held each year, the fair is a two hour sampling of food and fibre produced in the federal electorate of Farrer, which spans through the south and far south west of NSW.

According to Ms Ley the yearly showcase has become one of the most anticipated foodie events among the five thousand people who occupy Parliament House during spring sitting weeks.

Over 20 producers from the Murray-Riverina region and Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area donated their time and wares in the main outdoor courtyard at Parliament House.

A large crowd could select from a range of foods; including cooked quail, chicken and turkey, with sides of rice or nut-based dishes, dairy, citrus and spreads along with a variety of tapas and condiments. Locally produced wine and beer was also on offer.

“It is a chance for MP’s and staff from across the nation to relax at an informal gathering, and allows us to showcase exactly why we are regarded as the nation’s most important foodbowl”, Ms Ley said.

“I really want to thank each of the producers who took a day out of their extremely busy lives to make the trip to Canberra and support this event.”

“The drought is biting hard for many in our agriculture sector, and our Farrer Food Fair doubles as an opportunity to show the nation’s decision-makers why ongoing support for the domestic production of food, wine and fibre is absolutely vital.”

Expressions of interest for the 2020 Farrer Food Fair are open for producers at any time by contacting Ms Ley’s Albury or Griffith offices or email farrer@aph.gov.au.