Paddock to Plate an event showcase of local fresh produce at Wodonga TAFE

Paddock to Plate an event showcase of local fresh produce at Wodonga TAFE

By Susan Burdett
09 Nov 2017

‘Paddock to Plate’ was a celebration of the fresh local produce available in our region, with representation from local producers in a marketplace display at Wodonga TAFE this week.

Shirraze White Event Management student

The ‘Paddock to Plate’ market was held on campus today, Thursday 9 November, from 12pm until 2pm, at The Valleys Restaurant, at Wodonga TAFE’s McKoy Street campus. Guests were able to order one of the limited number of grazing platters, to taste the local produce, and also sample wine from the local Gehrig Wines. Locally roasted Zo’i coffee was also on offer to enjoy.

‘Paddock to Plate’ was organised by Shirraze White, a student in the Diploma of Event Management. Shirraze was assisted by fellow classmates from the 2017 Events and Hospitality Management classes, with all students taking turns in facilitating an event throughout their course, and all involved in the event management processes throughout each event.

Milawa gourmet region food at Paddock to Plate

Shirraze chose the Milawa Gourmet Region as her event’s focus, and said the event management process started with a local tour, with the class visiting each of the farms and tasting the produce. “The providers have been very generous in donating product”, said Shirraze, who grew up in the Milawa area. “This event is a wonderful way to showcase the local produce and I hope this event boosts tourism to the Milawa Gourmet region”, said Shirraze. 

food platters at Paddock to Plate

‘Paddock to Plate’ showcased produce from the following local producers: Milawa Organic Beef, Tolpuddle Cheese, Milawa Mustards, John Gehrig Wine, EV Olives, Nord Bakery, Blue Ox Berries, and Zo’i Espresso. There was also product on display from Wodonga TAFE’s Horticulture, Cookery, and Hospitality departments.

Hospitality and Events Teacher, Mr Brett White, said the industry support for the students had been fantastic. “The students build vital links with industry throughout their course”, said Mr White. “We are hoping to continue to work with industry to develop this into an annual event.”