South Gippsland’s premium food producers were showcased at this years’ Australian Open, where world-renowned chefs served up culinary delights made from the region’s best fresh produce.
Peruvian chef Alejandro Saravia used Gippsland produce in the Australian Open Chef Series to create a delicious dining experience for event visitors.
Local produce was also included in 200 goody-bags made up by Meeniyan Store owner Felicity Jones for diners to take home.
The fine foody bag included Mirboo North’s Hill Top Hives lip balms, and Strathmore
Farm jams, as well as Garfield’s Summer Snow sparkling apple juice, and Gippsland tourist information.
Hill Top Hives’ Peter Gatehouse said being included in the produce-bag was a great way to promote his wares to a bigger market outside of the region.
Ms Jones said the show bags were a great opportunity to get the word out about Gippsland farmers.
“We wanted as many people as possible to be exposed to the area,” she said.
“It’s an incredible and underrepresented area, and the more we support local farmers, the more people will come and see the area,” she said.