About Moree on a Plate
Moree on a Plate is a contemporary and inspirational ‘festival of flavour‘, show-casing the vast array of food and wine produced in Moree and the surrounding region. Moree Plains Shire is one of the most productive and diverse agricultural regions in Australia, with MOP providing the opportunity for producers to promote their produce direct to consumers – ‘From the Gate to the Plate‘.
The core activities of Moree on a Plate are:
Food & Wine Festival – producer and art exhibitors, food and wine stalls, entertainment, Kids Korner
Celebrity Chef cooking classes and demonstrations which incorporate and feature local cuisine
Gala Event (hosted later in the year). Last year we hosted a Long Lunch and will be looking to do the same in September this year with produce from stalls exhibited at Moree on a Plate Food & Wine Festival featuring on the menu. In previous years this event has included cocktail parties, book launches, art exhibitions and live music.
Giving Back to the Community
Moree on a Plate, through raffles, ticket sales and donations has returned a generous amount of money back into the community. The local schools, sporting and community groups who participate in the festival have also raised significant funds for their organisations since the events inception. The local Lions Club held a BBQ at this year’s festival and the money they raised from this is going towards a walking frame for a local youth in need.
Some of the money that Moree On a Plate has donated back to the community includes:
2004 – $5000: Birthing Beds for the Maternity Unit at the Moree Hospital
2005 – $1500: Renal Unit
$1500: Moree Plains Regional Art Gallery
2006 – $7000: Integrated bedside patient monitoring for the High Dependency Unit at the Moree Hospital
2008 – $2200: to the Moree Hospital
2009 – $3000: to the Moree Hospital
2010 – $3300: to the Moree Hospital
2012 – $2000: to Moree Early Intervention Service
2013 – $1700: to the Moree PCYC
2014 – $2300: to the Moree Secondary College
2015 – $2000: to the Moree Hospital for upgrades to the Maternity Unit
2016 – $2000 to the Moree Hospital for a lounge/sleeper bed and i-pads for visitors
2017 – $3000 to the Moree Women’s Refuge for clothing and toiletries for women in need
2018 - $2500 to Meals on Wheels plus $2500 to Moree Men's Shed
2019 - $3500 to Moree Scouts
Our mission is to:
Showcase the diversity and quality of food, wine and agricultural products grown and produced in Moree and the surrounding region.
Provide a marketing vehicle for producers to supply their products direct to the consumer and to the food and beverage sector and increase their distribution rates on an on-going year-round basis.
– Introduce niche industries into the marketplace.
Produce a signature event for Moree Plains Shire and the New England – North West Region – an event that has high recognition and support in the market-place and raises the profile and image of Moree and the region.
Increase visitation to Moree by attracting both day-trippers and overnight visitors to the Festival and our Long Lunch event held later in the year, with these visitors encouraged to spend money within Moree.
To bring the Moree Plains Shire community together, building pride in our area and providing the opportunity for people to interact, socialise and enjoy themselves.
The event started in 2004 as a way to showcase the evolving boutique industries in the region such as olives, citrus and wine. It is now one of the premier events in the North West and a wonderful way to promote Moree and the region, as well as the diversity of industries within the area.
Press Release 2019
Moree on a Plate defies the drought
While our rural regions continue to battle the strong grip of drought, Moree on a Plate is defiant in its commitment to producers, and the community.
In 2019 the event, one of the region’s most established, and reputable food and wine festivals has announced a ‘look local’ theme - growing local talent as well as local produce.
In response to the rural downturn, President Bethany Kelly said the festival, which is only possible thanks to the generosity of local businesses and sponsorship, was excited to look within the community to promote local talent, rather than a ‘celebrity chef’.
“Moree is full of such a huge variety of talented chefs and home cooks, and we are thrilled to offer the opportunity for them to share their skills and tips in our highly popular, interactive cooking demonstrations.
“In the past we have always facilitated a celebrity chef, at a significant expense, and so this year for something different, and sensitive to the current local economy, we will help nurture our own, home grown talent.”
Lebanese, Vietnamese, cake baking and decorating are just some of the possibilities, with Bethany confident the skills taught will be ones easily adopted in kitchens across the region.
“We want people to learn skills they can easily put into practice – be it rolling a gyoza or the prettiest of cake icing techniques – our local talents have a wealth of knowledge to share.”
This year’s festival will be held Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 11 at The Moree Secondary College, Albert Street, Moree from 10am to 4pm.
And with a stall-holder wait list in the past, this year the school will open up an extra courtyard, to facilitate even more producers from across the NSW and Queensland.
“The festival continues to grow each year, and despite the drought we are so proud to offer the community a vehicle to promote producers, talent, tourism – and most importantly, a fun-filled, relaxed day out.”
“The Moree district has long been regarded as one of the world’s premier producers of grains and cotton, a number of evolving industries, such as oranges, pecans and olives, have also cemented their place on the table in recent years,” Bethany explained.
Likewise, across the region - from The Conscious Farmer organic beef on the Liverpool Plains to Arc-en-Ciel Trout Farm at Hanging Rock - Moree on a Plate successfully attracts the top producers from across the North West and South East Queensland.
“Moree on a Plate is so many things to so many people – it’s a farmers’ market, it’s a family day out, it’s an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing lunch in the Autumn sunshine and it’s a wonderful way to promote not only our marvellous producers but our lovely town of Moree.”
And with a $2 cover charge the committee is intent on ensuring the event is affordable and accessible for all.
“Increasingly we’re seeing more and more return visitors from across the region, from coastal areas and the ‘grey nomad’ community – Moree on a Plate has emerged as a tourist destination event, with the flow on effects for our town immense.”
The highly entertaining Blokes on the Barbeque will be back in 2019, as will the ever-popular Kids Korner, with a smorgasboard of live entertainment also to be announced in the coming months.
For more information and to keep up to date with Moree on a Plate announcements, see www.moreeonaplate.com.au, Facebook/moreeonaplate or Instagram/moap2400.