A select range of South West produce has been showcased at Yagan Square as part of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Taste of WA campaign.
The free event marks the fourth in a series of Taste of WA events to celebrate key food regions around the State, presented by the Buy West Eat Best program.
More than 2,000 consumers enjoyed the event, which included cooking demonstrations and tastings with local chefs, producers and food businesses, featuring the best of the region's produce.
Department Executive Director Liam O’Connell said the year-long campaign had raised awareness about the breadth of produce grown in Western Australia.
“Buy West Eat Best’s Taste of WA event reminds consumers to have confidence in the quality and freshness of locally produced foods,” Mr O’Connell said.
“The South West and Southern Forests are renowned for their high quality dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables, truffles and boutique produce, sheep, pork and cattle farms, yabbies and seafood, as well as award winning wineries and exceptional culinary experiences.”
WA food ambassador and chef Don Hancey led talks with Laundry 43 head chef Nathan Thomas, Forest Lodge Resort head chef Ingo Maass and Studio Bistro chef Thales Franca during the day.
Producers from the Geographe and Southern Forests areas also joined the conversation.
Menu highlights included South West cheese, grass-fed lamb and beef, quinoa salad, truffle mayonnaise and fresh new season stone fruit.
Activation partners included the South West Development Commission with the Southern Forests Food Council, Tourism WA, the WA Stonefruit Committee and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority.
Visitors also had the opportunity to hear about the WA Food and Wine Trail initiative, supported by Tourism Western Australia to promote experiences across the State.
An initial 14 trails are available through regional and local tourism organisations, with each trail listed on the Trails WA website and smart phone app.
Further trails are being developed, including a Buy West Eat Best Restaurant Trail in Perth.
Jodie Thomson/Megan Broad, media liaison (08) 9368 3937