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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Friday 11 August 2017

Fresh produce on the menu in Carnarvon

  • ​Gascoyne Food Festival an opportunity to showcase region's top produce, drive new export markets and promote regional culinary tourism to create local jobs
  • Representatives from major food companies in Thailand, Hong Kong and Japan in region to discuss supply chain opportunities

Gascoyne fresh produce could soon be celebrated on menus around the world, with Western Australian beef, seafood, fruit and vegetables showcased to international buyers at the Gascoyne Food Festival. 

Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan met with supply chain representatives from Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand in Carnarvon today to discuss export opportunities for Western Australian produce. 

The buyers are in Carnarvon as part of the four-day Gascoyne Food Festival, which features culinary tourism events in Carnarvon, Exmouth and on Dirk Hartog Island, as well as networking opportunities for local growers. 

The festival is supported by the McGowan Government through the Gascoyne Development Commission's Community Chest Fund and Tourism WA's Regional Events Scheme.

Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

"Western Australians know the Gascoyne for its tropical fruits, succulent seafood and stunning coast line. 

"The Gascoyne Food Festival helps to take that reputation to the world:  it brings local primary producers and interstate and international buyers together, showcasing the culinary delights and natural beauty of the region to a wider audience. 

"There is a real opportunity to tap into Asian markets with our top-quality Gascoyne produce and buyers in Carnarvon today have shown an appetite for WA's meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables. 

"Growing our export and tourism markets will help to drive the local economy and bring new jobs to the Gascoyne."

Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:

"Events play an important role in strengthening the local economy by attracting visitors to the region, providing valuable exposure to the destination, and adding vibrancy to the community.

"Tourism contributed $10 billion to WA's economy in 2016, including a regional contribution of $4.7 billion, and is a key pillar of the State Government's plan to diversify the economy, create jobs and develop business opportunities."

Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200
Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600

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