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By Georgina Poole
Feb 3, 2015, 4:30 a.m.
CHANCES are you’ve admired his culinary skills on TV, and now you have the opportunity to learn from the man himself, Fast Ed, when he visits the region for Moree on a Plate 2015.
One of Australia’s best loved TV chefs, Ed Halmagyi or Fast Ed as he is more commonly known, is just one of the confirmed features of this year’s food and wine festival.
To be held the Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 9 on the grounds of The Moree Secondary College, the committee has hit the ground running preparing for the event.
Moree on a Plate president, Mary-Kate McCormick, said last year’s 10th anniversary of the food and wine festival was inspirational, and that the committee was excited to be continuing the popular event into its second decade.
“We’ve had keen producer interest from across the region and to secure Fast Ed as a celebrity chef is a huge coup. We’re so excited to show him Moree and all the fresh produce and hearty fare on offer here in the great North West,” Mrs McCormick said.
Organisers have also moved the event back to its original date, Mother’s Day weekend, which they believe adds to the celebratory, family friendly atmosphere of the festival.
“It really cements Moree as a destination weekender come Mother’s Day – relax and enjoy Moree on a Plate with mum on Saturday and then celebrate her special day on Sunday.”
Best known as the cooking presenter on Network 7’s Better Homes and Gardens, professionally Ed has more than 20 years experience cooking in some of the world’s best restaurants, both in Australia and overseas. London’s famous Le Gavroche and Sydney’s iconic Rockpool are just two of the notable kitchen’s he has graced.
His motto is ‘When you do less, the ingredients do more’ – an extremely fitting philosophy given Moree on a Plate’s focus on fresh, locally grown ingredients.
Conducting a number of cooking demonstrations throughout the day, Mrs McCormick said she was excited to see Fast Ed’s locally inspired menu.
“When you have quality, fresh local produce such as olives, pecan nuts, oranges or olive oils like we do, you don’t need a fussy menu, the fresh produce is the hero of the dish.”
Moree on a Plate originated as an opportunity to showcase and celebrate our regional producers, and has since evolved into a multi dimensional community event.
“The beauty about Moree on a Plate is that it is a true family day out – there is something for everyone, it’s a great way to bring the community together and enjoy a day out, and 2015 will be no exception.”
Mrs McCormick said she was excited to announce further festival entertainment in the coming months, but in the meantime encouraged everyone to stay up to date by signing up to the Facebook page or via their website.
Any producers interested in taking a stall at the 2015 festival are also encouraged to contact the committee via the website.Categories: Latest News