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More to Moree this May

An agricultural hub boasting one of rural Australia’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan art scenes – visitors to Moree are continually surprised by the culture and sophistication of this rural hamlet. 

And there’s no better excuse to visit than for the annual Moree on a Plate Food Festival.

Moree on a Plate is a celebration of regional produce, yet the festival is just one of the myriad opportunities visitors have to enjoy Moree’s hospitality over the Mother’s Day weekend.  

The fun kicks off on Thursday, May 9 at The Moree Gallery, which hosts a very special exhibition by acclaimed artist Jamila Hume and talented local ceramicist Maisie Johnson. 

Jamila’s rich global experiences and insights culminate in her luxurious oil painting, with her solo exhibition ‘Between the Leaves’ is a whimsical yet contemporary take on still-life paintings, and as she describes, “Not your typical wallflowers...” 

Maisie Johnson will showcase a selection of her handmade ceramics at The Moree Gallery over the Moree on a Plate festival weekend.

Ceramists Maisie Johnson needs little introduction to the community, this local creative showcasing a collection of her ceramics, all handmade slowly, and with love. Her collection includes the prettiest petal vessels and platters, loopy bowls and serving dishes, in what is her inaugural exhibition at the gallery, which she describes as a “pinch me moment”. 

The exhibition opens at 10am on Thursday, May 9, with opening drinks at the gallery from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. 

Toby Osmond of Yaama Ganu, which will present a group show of artists from leading Aboriginal-owned Western Desert Art Gallery Tjarlirli Art.

Local Indigenous art gallery, Yaama Ganu will also be holding an exhibition over the Moree on a Plate festivities, with the gallery, and its adjoining café one of Australia’s most applauded indigenous art centers.  

On the Friday May 10, Yaama Ganu is excited to present a group show of artists from leading Aboriginal-owned Western Desert Art Gallery Tjarlirli Art. There will be a group of Ngaanyatjarra artist travelling to Moree for this wonderful experience, who will also be leading a painting workshop at the gallery from 9am. 

Tickets to this very special workshop are $50, and limited, and can be booked at Yaama Ganu. The Yaama Ganu gallery will also be hosting a Friday evening exhibition opening from 6pm, everyone welcome. On Friday May 10 UNE SMART Regional Incubator will also host its Pitch2Grow! Business pitch initiative at Social Co House from 12 to 2 – registration esssential.  

Kerrie Saunders will also be hosting her Yinarr-Ma Bush Tucker Tours over the festival weekend.

For a fascinating insight into traditional indigenous culture, native grains specialist Kerrie Saunders will also be hosting her Yinarr-Ma Bush Tucker Tours over the festival weekend. Kerrie is a proud Gomeroi woman and a wealth of knowledge when it comes to using the land for food, and what everyday plants have sustained humanity for centuries.

Visitors to Moree will have the opportunity to get on-farm for special cotton and pecan farm tours.

Visitors also have the opportunity to soak up the up the unrivalled atmosphere of Moree – literally – relaxing in the unique artesian waters upon which the town was built. The local mineral rich hot pools offer a wealth of health and wellbeing benefits and are a must whilst in the region. 

For a genuine farm experience, there’s also the unique opportunity to visit producers on-farm for a first-hand insight into the production of pecans and cotton, with local pecan and cotton farm tours complementing the festival.

For golf enthusiasts, and those with a little more time to spare, Moree’s golf course is the envy of many communities, enjoying a pristine green fairway latticed across the meandering Mehi River. And of course the highlight of the weekend is the Moree on a Plate Festival, which will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 10am to 4pm, and features a full schedule of entertainment. 

And the fun needn’t end there. Come Mother’s Day on Sunday May 12 local cafe cafe 61 Balo will open its garden for a special market day pop up event, featuring a special brunch menu and a range of stallholders to stroll through.  

The Moree Town and Country Club will also be hosting a special Mother’s Day Lunch from noon, bookings essential.  

For more information on Moree on a Plate, see and for what’s on around Moree, see 


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