THE coronavirus pandemic may have applied the brakes to countless industries, however it could be argued regional produce thrived under the lockdown conditions.
A variety of regionally-based products gained notoriety in recent months and some of the most popular are set to be displayed during Moree on a Plate Food and Wine Festival this Saturday.
The event was forced into hiatus in 2020, due to the pandemic, but now foodies and producers alike are gearing up to descend on the Moree Secondary College on Saturday.
Moree on a Plate president Chloe Hayes said the festival had remained defiant in the face of both drought, a global pandemic, and most recently a flood.
"While we had no option but to cancel last year's festival, our 2021 festival is already shaping up to include a stellar line up of local talent, and is the perfect vehicle to promote the very best of our community," Ms Hayes said.
"Over the past 12 months, Moree has enjoyed such a fabulous renaissance - the season has turned and we have so many new developments and faces in town, but we've had very little opportunity to showcase our beautiful community spirit and its vibrancy."
The event begins at 10am, is limited to a capacity of 3000 people, will mark the beginning of a packed Mother's Day weekend for the region and is set to wrap up at 3pm, in time for the Moree Bulls' Central North Rugby Union clash with Walcha.
Other traditional fan favourites will return for Saturday's event, such as the Blokes on the Barbeque and the ever-popular Kids Korner, a dedicated oval for youngsters.
"The festival is still a moving feast, literally, but at this stage we are thrilled to be going ahead with plans to provide the wonderful producers from across NSW and Queensland the opportunity to once again do business, and give Moree a well-deserved day out the whole community can enjoy," Ms Hayes said.
"Moree on a Plate is so many things to so many people - it's a farmers' market, it's a family day out, it's an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing lunch in the Autumn sunshine and it's a wonderful way to promote not only our marvellous producers but our lovely town of Moree."
The event is set to showcase several local producers, such as Susie Long's Pally Pecans.
"It's organised by a really vibrant committee that works tirelessly to promote local products and they are extremely supportive of local producers," Susie said.
"I can't speak highly enough of the committee and we are really looking forward to this year's event after having to miss last year."
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