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Moree food festival to plate up a treat for families

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May
7

Article taken from the Moree Champion

By Georgina Poole

May. 7, 2015, 6 a.m.

THERE will be something to satisfy all ages at Moree on a Plate this Saturday, with the traditional ‘foodie’ festival having evolved into a full family day out.

The Moree Secondary College grounds will transform into a food lover’s heaven, with a plethora of mouth watering meals, delicious temptations and entertainment aplenty on offer as the event showcases over 30 producers from across the region.

Celebrity chef Fast Ed will also be a highlight of the day, performing a number of live cooking demonstrations and sharing his wealth of knowledge with the crowds.

His demos will take place at 10.30am, 11.45am and 1pm.

Local masterchefs will also have the opportunity to show off their skills at the ‘Blokes on the BBQ’ cook-off at 2pm.

Contenders Mick Jensen and Paul Kelly are certainly not lacking confidence, admitting they regularly cook together, purely to impress their friends.

“It’s well known that we have an annual dinner party, ‘Mick and Paul on a Plate’- we can only assume that’s where the original Moree on a Plate idea came from all those years ago?”

And while Antony Glynn may look like your humble ‘steak and three veg’ kind of guy, don’t let the big hat fool you.

“I once did a pasta making course in Italy – so you can pretty much say I’m internationally trained.”

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Together with Donald Moore, ‘The Happy Grillmore’ team could be one to watch.

Justin Barnes wasn’t quite so positive, even admitting barbecuing partner Trent Humphreys’ past experience in the competition may be of little use.

“He chatted far too much during last year’s competition. This year he has to keep his eye on the prize.”

With over 100 years of grilling experience between them, Henry Moses and Jim Simpson make up the final duo in the competition.

They are taking the challenge very seriously, practising for their wives every night and travelling the state sourcing ingredients.

And Jim had one message for his competitors: “Old age and treachery will overcome youth and skill”.

Youngsters are also in for a treat, with a wide variety of children’s entertainment organised for the ever popular ‘Kids Korner’.

One of the highlights of the festival is the return of healthy food advocates ‘Bubble Muffin’, a nationally-acclaimed, Melbourne duo performing live cooking demonstrations for youngsters.

Moree on a Plate president, Mary-Kate McCormick, said the interactive, live demonstrations were energetic and fun, and a great way to promote healthy eating to children.

“We are so excited to have Bubble Muffin perform at Moree on a Plate and teaching our little ones about healthy eating habits in a really interactive and fun form that children respond to,” she said.

There will also be lucky seat prizes during the show for some extra entertainment.

Bubble Muffin will perform at 11.15am, 12.15pm and 1.15pm.

As usual, Kids Korner will be a highlight for the little ones, with everything from an animal farm, plaster painting, jumping castle and canvas painting to keep the youngsters entertained.

Moree on a Plate will be held this Saturday, May 9 at Moree Secondary College’s Albert Street campus. Entry is $2 per person and the event runs from 10am until 4pm. You can find out more by visiting www.moreeonaplate.com.au

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