SATURDAY will be a sweet occasion at Korora’s Carobana Confectionery Factory with a fundraising open day and a launch of a new machine to make carob-coated Easter eggs, previously hand-made.
The open day, from 10am to 2.30pm, is being run by the Coffs Harbour branch of Red Cross, with all entry money donated to the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal.
Coffs Harbour Red Cross president Trish Mill said there would also be a sausage sizzle, manned by Red Cross members, and they hoped to hold a raffle with all funds from this going to Victorian flood relief.
All staff members at Carobana are donating their time for the day so the factory can be seen in full production, with honeycomb making, confectionery enrobing and the new egg-spinning machine operating to make carob-coated Easter eggs.
The machine has been designed and built on site by the joint owner of Carobana, practical engineer Ian Hamey.
Mr Hamey said the machine was powered by a windscreen wiper motor and he had combined the capstan principle with polyurethane belting to create both spin and rotation, ensuring the egg moulds were coated evenly with carob.