The Coffs Coast Sustainable Living Festival is fast approaching.
The Coffs Coast Sustainable Living Festival is fast approaching. Rob Wright

Food industry unites for sustainable living festival

THERE'S been an exciting addition to the program for the upcoming Coffs Coast Sustainable Living Festival.

The inaugural Mid North Coast Local Food Forum, which will be held at Bonville Golf Resort on Monday, November 3 aims to address key issues across the food and agricultural industry and will look to engage all sectors of the industry, including farmers, agricultural businesses, retailers, wholesalers and restaurateurs.

"Supporting local businesses is something I feel passionately about and the Coffs Coast - in fact the whole Mid North Coast region - is very well-placed to become a local food-producing hub," Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight said.

"I hope this very first Local Food Forum plants the seeds of a whole new regional growth industry."

Some of the issues discussed will be global trends and opportunities, start-ups, financing exporting, value-adding, alternative low-cost entry points to the agricultural industry, skills and training, agritourism, niche markets and branding.

The keynote speakers will be Saskia Beer, from Barossa Farm Produce, and Dr Nick Rose, from the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance.

Places are limited. To book and to find out more, go to http://www.2014.midnorthcoastfoodforum.com.au



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