Monday November 26

Coffs Harbour Showground
8am to 3pm (coffee from 7.30am)

What's Happening at FoodCon

Your program for the day… please note, program is subject to change.

7.30am: Kick-start coffee or tea and Registration

Come early and enjoy a Coffs Coast kick-starter on us! Grab an Artisti coffee from the OCD Van or choose from a variety of Red Sparrow Teas.

8am: Welcome to the day

Welcome to FoodCon 2018 from Fiona Barden, Coffs Harbour City Council, and a run through of the day from our MC, Kerry Grace. Mayor Denise Knight will welcome our first special guest, Rose Wright.

Special guest: Rose Wright, Regionality

Listen as Rose Wright – thought leader in agri and culinary tourism and regional food systems – shares her experiences and ideas for developing a thriving regional food destination and development of a value chain from ‘farm to plate’. Read more…

Special guest: Paul West

Chef, broadcaster, author and advocate for real food, sustainable agriculture, community and regional living – listen as Paul West, host of SbS TV’s hugely popular series, River Cottage Australia, recounts his passionate food and farming journeyRead more…

10.15am: Morning tea and TAFE Skills Point HQ presentation

Grab yourself an Artisti coffee or Red Sparrow Tea and choose from a selection of yummy treats baked by North Coast TAFE hospitality students. Learn how the new TAFE SkillsPoints are working in close partnership with industry to design training that looks to the future and responds to emerging trends.

11am: Special guest: Airlie Trescowthick, Farm Table

A young farmer and innovator committed to making a difference to Australian agriculture, Airlie is the Founder and Managing Director of the Farm Table and Farmer Exchange. Learn how she is using online collaboration to connect and educate Australian farmers in new and exciting ways. Airlie will join us via Skpe on the big screen from her home in Deniliquin. Read more…

Collaboration in action

Joshua Cook, Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Coop. Josh will share learnings from the 2018 National Seafood Industry Leadership Program and explain how the Fishermen’s Coop is working with local business and showcase their Australian-first online seafood auction system.

Learning session: Make your business Insta-worthy

Mandy Hart from Socially Connected reveals her top tips for all businesses using social media:
~ How to make your social media photos go from blah to WOW! in just 5 minutes
~ Why are #hashtags important and how to make the most of them
Lots of practical tips to showcase your food products and the story behind them.

The Harvest Hook-Up

Get to know members of our regional food industry in this fast and fun ‘speed-dating’ session. Connect with people who share your values and create ideas for working together.

1pm to 3pm: Producers Expo

More than 20 different Mid-North Coast producers and businesses showcasing their produce, products and services. Enjoy tastings, make great contacts, and make the most of this networking opportunity – and you can feast from the Local Food Lunch stations at the same time.
Register here to be part of the Expo…

1pm to 3pm: Local Food Lunch

Featuring food stations using local produce and products from the Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Co-op, Ground Earth Woolgoolga, Jessica Boardman Catering, Sarah’s Eats & Treats, and the team at The Palms, Tormina Hotel. Plus local beverages.  Eat, drink, chat and enjoy!

2.30pm to 3pm: Two minutes to success

Step onto our pallet stage in the Producers’ Expo and let everyone at FoodCon know about your business achievements and offer your top tips – and yes, you only have to speak for two minutes! Connect, inspire... and help us finish the day on a high by telling our region’s real, local food stories. Register here to speak…