ONE hundred hungry farmers turned out to feast on local produce at Loomberah Hall on Friday night as the Sustainable Namoi pop-up kitchen officially got under way.
Designed to celebrate the freshness, quality and environmental-friendliness of regional food, the 100 Mile Food event also aimed to educate North West residents about the difference buying local could make.
“Most people know that local food is usually in season and full of flavour and has more nutrients because of the shorter time frame between the paddock and the plate,” Sustainable Namoi committee chairman Samantha Cameron said.
“But many don’t realise that it is far less likely to have been in long-term cold storage and that buying local promotes a safer food supply and helps the environment by maintaining farmland and green space in our community.”
The state of the art kitchen has been built into the back of a Pantech truck and is fully functional with two gas ovens, two microwaves, a cooktop and range hood.
It will travel across the North West region to community events and food festivals, stopping at Nundle for the Go for Gold festival this weekend before opening for inspection at the Sustainable Namoi Living Expo on May 9 and 10 at Tamworth’s Bicentennial Park.