A new, month-long event celebrating innovation, produce and agriculture is coming to Goondiwindi, just in time for the town’s annual show.
Discover Farming will aim to shine a light on the best the region has to offer, with events each weekend in May.
“Agriculture is the biggest economic contributor to the region’s economy, and is the largest employer, generating over 1,400 jobs for 27% of the population,” festival co-ordinator, Western Aerial Mapping’s Jerome Leray said.
“Our farmers and local businesses support the robust development of some of Australia’s most exciting and innovative farming technology alongside the growing demands of our domestic and international food supply chain”.
Organisers hope the festival will broaden awareness of agriculture in the region, and are keen to establish a solid foundation and program of events in its first year.
Long term, the event aims to shine a spotlight on Goondiwindi with the hope of attracting investment and people to live and work in the region.
Discover Farming will kick off alongside the Goondiwindi Show on Friday May 4 to Monday May 7, with a pavilion filled with samples of local produce and innovative technology.
The Discover Farming committee will be on hand to chat to visitors. Warwick train enthusiasts will have the chance to travel to Goondiwindi on a C17 steam locomotive for the weekend. Day trips to Toobeah will also be on offer.
Inglewood’s growing agri-tourism sector will be in the spotlight on Saturday, May 12, with a series of farm tours from 10am-5pm. Visitors will sample olives in the grove at Coolmunda Olives, taste Woodspring sprout fed beef and explore Leven K Lavender’s farm shop.
That evening, a casual paddock-to-plate supper at Coolmunda Olives, looking over Lake Coolmunda, will be on offer.
Farm tours will continue on Saturday, May 19, with visits to Karbullah Merinos and Goondiwindi Cotton, and a chance to watch the traditional mustering of cattle on horseback.
Leading producers from the region will come together on Saturday evening for a black tie dinner called Gather. An array of local produce will be showcased in the night’s seasonal menu.
For the final weekend of the festival, Saturday, May 26, Discover Farming will focus on Goondiwindi’s growing ag-tech scene. Farm tours will show the progression of agriculture in the region, with farmers on hand to discuss new developments.
The display will include the world’s first fully automated tractor, the world’s longest boom spray and technology which allows farmers to run their farms from their office chairs.
Visit https://www.discoverfarming.com.au/ to learn more or book an event.