TAREE Business Chamber is calling on local food businesses and producers to participate in an exciting new initiative to make it easy for local residents and visitors to seek out locally produced food and ingredients.
To kick start this initiative, the chamber is launching the “Made In The Manning” promotion throughout April.
Part of this promotion will encourage people to “Eat Local”.
Local hospitality and food businesses can be involved by featuring locally produced food and ingredients during the month.
Taree Business Chamber president Shane McLeay said Taree and the Manning Valley need events like Made In The Manning and that it is critical that business and the wider community support initiatives of this nature.
“Many great things have come about from a small idea and a few dedicated people with passion.
“My plea to the community as a whole is don’t sit back and complain that nothing happens – instead embrace what is happening and support those who are making it happen, a positive attitude is free and the economic benefits are immeasurable.”
One successful partnership between two Wingham businesses which celebrates local produce is Bent on Food and Wingham Beef Exports.
Wingham Beef Exports strongly agrees with embracing local produce and supports companies and people that make it happen.
“We support Donna Carrier at Bent On Food as she has been a loyal supporter of Wingham Beef Exports by using our national award winning Manning Valley Naturally Product,” general manger of Wingham Beef Exports, Grant Coleman said.
“This gives our company the opportunity to increase awareness of the outstanding local products produced in the Manning which would otherwise be less recognise and puts us on the map.”
Donna Carrier, owner of Bent on Food said that as an avid supporter of local produce, the cafe is proud to be involved in the initiative to promote the values of eating local.
For Donna, supplying locally sourced products is a core of her business.
The philosophy of the cafe is that local is always best.
The Taree Business Chamber sees events like Made In The Manning critical to changing the perception of Taree and bringing new people to the area.”
A Facebook page has been established at www.facebook.com/
MadeInTheManning to provide information for businesses and the community. Local business owners and food producers can email email@example.com for information on how to participate.