Kim Chance

Kim Chance

Minister for Agriculture and Food; Forestry; the Mid West and Wheatbelt; Great Southern

    Minister launches Great Southern 'Taste' Festival in Albany

    14/01/2008 8:41 AM

    Food and wine to tempt the taste-buds will be showcased in the Great Southern as part of the ‘Taste 2008’ festival next month.

    Agriculture and Food Minister and Great Southern Minister Kim Chance last night launched the Taste Great Southern 2008 Festival in Albany, the fourth such event to be held.

    Taste Great Southern is held in February and March and is the flagship event for the Great Southern Regional Marketing Association (GSRMA).

    Mr Chance said the festival provided an opportunity to bring together producers and consumers and profile regional food and wine to local, State, national and international communities.

    “Food and wine tourism is a growing niche market in the tourism sector,” he said.

    “Events like Taste Great Southern and the work of the GSRMA are increasing the profile of the region and the reputation of the premium wines and fine foods that are available in the Great Southern.”

    The Minister said the State Government continued to support events such as Taste Great Southern through funding provided to regional marketing associations.

    “A co-ordinated regional approach to marketing local produce provides better exposure for producers and makes more efficient use of available resources,” he said.

    “The support of producers, through membership of the GSRMA and participation in events such as ‘Taste 2008’, is vital to the success of these marketing initiatives.”

    Mr Chance said the festival provided locals and visitors to the region with the opportunity to sample some of the finest food and wine including oysters and yabbies, blueberry ice cream, local fruit and vegetables and fine wines.

    The Taste Great Southern Festival is part of the Perth International Arts Festival Great Southern regional program and runs from February 26 to March 9.

    Further information about Taste 2008 is available from the Great Southern Marketing Association Taste Co-ordinator Elise van Gorp on

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