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Date
7 September 2018

Celebrating the produce of the Swan Valley

  • Yagan Square

Experience the best of the Swan Valley and support local producers at Yagan Square this Sunday as part of the year-long Taste of WA campaign.

Food samples will be provided over the lunchtime period at Yagan Square on Sunday 9 September to an expected audience of more than 1,000 people.

WA food ambassador and chef Don Hancey will be on-hand to talk with Houghton Kitchen head chef Herb Faust, slow food chef Vincenzo Velletri, and Noongar elder and Australian bush food cook Dale Tilbrook.

The menu will include slow-braised Dandaragan beef with Houghton Cabernet Jus; an Asian-style glass noodle salad with Lilydale Free Range chicken breast poached in Swan Valley Verdelho, Fini olive oil and lemon myrtle dressing; and a Swan Valley Jarrah Honey mousse tart with local honey nougat crumb. A locally produced cheese platter will finish the menu.

Supported by the State Government's Buy West Eat Best initiative, the campaign is the third Taste of WA event at Yagan Square to celebrate key food regions. Produce from the Peel was featured in March and the Gascoyne was highlighted in July.

Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan noted that the campaign raises awareness of the breadth of produce grown across Western Australia, and promotes regional agri-tourism destinations.

"By choosing to buy local, consumers are supporting Western Australia's agriculture and food businesses and can have confidence in the quality and freshness of local products," she said.

Minister MacTiernan also highlighted the diversity of produce in the region, and the importance of this activity for the economy.

"The Swan Valley is steeped in indigenous history and Mediterranean migration, and boasts a diverse range of foods, from olives, fruit and vegetables, to native bush foods, to meats and seafood," she said. 

"The region also boasts the oldest vines in Western Australia - it is the State's most visited wine region - as well as cider and craft beers."

"Supporting local food and beverages is good for the economy and job creation, and feeds back into regional communities, improving employment opportunities in the regions."

Taste of the Swan Valley builds on the success of Buy West Eat Best's Good Choice campaign, which has helped raise awareness of the benefits of buying local.