Farm to Plate Masterclasses to Drive Local Food Culture

Albury’s The River Deck will play host to one of several masterclasses to help develop the Murray region as an agri and culinary tourism destination.

Organised by Murray Regional Tourism, the masterclasses are designed to build relationships and make it easier for businesses to source Murray regional produce consistently and cost effectively.

CEO of Murray Regional Tourism, Mark Francis says the value of using regional produce shouldn’t be under-estimated.

“By using regional produce, restaurants and food services are able to tell the story of provenance to customers, which is critical to food tourism,” he said

It’s a sentiment echoed by Alex Smit, owner of The River Deck, Albury.

Chefs David Kapay from Miss Amelie and Ludo Baulacky from The River Deck utilise local produce for a farmer’s market cook-off earlier in the year. Photo: TruPics

The River Deck is committed to using regional food and beverages on our menu, and we partner with as many local and regional suppliers as possible,” Alex said.

“We are very lucky to have so many fantastic producers on our doorstep. I look forward to hosting my food industry colleagues for this innovative masterclass to support the development of a thriving local food industry.”

The Masterclasses will provide a combination of practical knowledge on seasonal sourcing, menu planning, marketing and communication of the regional food story.

There will also be opportunities to participate in on-farm experiences to meet local producers and learn about production during a series of chef’s tours later in the year.