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Unwind at Moree on a Plate Long Lunch, 2013

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THERE’S nothing more relaxing than a long, tranquil lunch with friends, particularly when it consists of fresh, locally grown produce.

Next month The Moree on a Plate Festival will host a long lunch, featuring canapes and a five course menu showcasing mouthwatering, fresh produce from across the region.

Organiser Ros Van Dongen said the event was an opportunity for the community to come together in a relaxed, social atmosphere and enjoy a day out before the busy festive season inevitably kicks into gear.

“It’s also an opportunity to recognise and thank our generous sponsors and to further promote the fabulous variety of local produce on offer in the North West.

“From olive groves to pecan nut trees, our region is blessed with fertile soils and passionate producers, and we are ideally placed as a leader on the regional fresh produce map.

“This event is an opportunity to celebrate our wonderful industry and aims to compliment the annual Moree on a Plate Festival held each May.”

Held in the picturesque gardens of the Moree Plains Gallery, Ms Van Dongen said the Moree on a Plate committee decided to do something a bit different this year..

“In the past we’ve always done a night time function, but the community hosts a large number of more formal, evening events so we thought a nice day out was something a bit more casual and relaxed.”

A number of guest speakers will share their insights into the local industry and a current exhibition running at the gallery by artist Ned McDowell will also be opened throughout the afternoon.

And be it young or old, couple or single, she said the event was something the whole community could appreciate.

“It may be a nice break for some of the ladies whose families have been out harvesting or a post harvest celebration for those finished.  “Or it could be an opportunity for old friends to catch up and enjoy some pre-Christmas cheer.”

Ms Van Dongen believed guests to the event would certainly be left satisfied.

“Any Occasion Catering will be providing the delicious meals and with canapes and a five course menu ensuring no one will go hungry!”

Tickets to the event, to be held November 2 from 12.30pm, are strictly limited.

Guests can purchase tickets at a cost of $65 from, in person at Webb and Boland, Moree or by emailing

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