PREVIOUS WINNER: Marshdale garlic grower Tom Christie, a 2016 scholarship winner, at the Earth Market in Maitland. Picture: Belinda-Jane DavisImagine being at the centre of a global food conference in picturesque Italy where farming and food is on everybody’s lips.
OneHunter chef and two farmers will be given the chance to travel to Turin in September to attend Slow Food International’sTerra Madre and Salone del Gusto.
The biennial event gives participants an opportunity to be with 7000 farmers, chefs and food advocates from 143 countries as they discuss the issues affecting food systems and put forward ideas to solve current challenges.
It also gives them access to hundreds of food stalls where they can sample a wide range of food and chat to the growers and producers.
Slow Food Hunter Valley has opened applications for the $2500 scholarship program, whichcovers return airfares, accommodation, conference fees to attend workshops and events, as well as $200 spending money for incidental expenses.
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Young Hunter Valley farmers between the age of 18 and 25 who are involved with sustainable farming practices and the good, clean and fair production of food in the region are invited to apply.
Hunter Valley chefswho havea longstanding –and strong commitment –to sourcing local and seasonal produce for their menus have been urged to fill in an application.
A scholarship for an Earth Market producer has been introduced this year for the first time.
FARMING: Father and son Matthew and Liam Dennis at the Earth Market in The Levee. Picture: Jonathan Carroll.
This category isopen to all farmers and producers who have been a regular stallholder at the market in The Levee since May 2017.
Marshdale garlic grower Tom Christie won the 2016 scholarship to the event and relished in the opportunity to network with like-minded people and learn about new farming techniques.
Chef and Restaurateur Tim Montgomery won the chef scholarship in 2016.
Mr Christie said he has used the knowledge he gained to develop his organically grown produce business.
Marshdale farmer Tom Christie