Plains produce promotion at revamped expo

A NEW initiative that sees cross-town rivals banding together to promote local businesses and produce is set to stage a huge food festival in Two Wells later in the year.

The proposed Northern Plains Food Festival on October 21st has been billed by the organising committee as a “colourful, happy, noisy, great smelling, great tasting” event, which will feature local food producers, wine, live music, exhibits and entertainment to cater for
all ages.

Businesses from across the region are being approached to join the enterprise to bring their skills, experience, produce and colour to the event.

The festival idea is taken from the Virginia Expo of the late 1990s, with enough people supporting the proposal to see the formation of a new group – Northern Plains Compass (NPC) Incorporated –  to get it going again, this time including the Two Wells area and alternating between the two towns on an annual basis.

“The organising committee wants to highlight the lifestyle of country living on the doorstep of Adelaide, whilst showcasing the food production and business potential of the Two Wells / Virginia area,” a press release by the group stated.

Playford councillor and NPC vice-president, Peter Rentoulis, says it was the perfect opportunity for the neighbouring townships to work together to promote and highlight their local businesses and produce.

“This is just going to showcase the Adelaide Plains and everything it has to offer,” Mr Rentoulis said.

“We think it’s going to grow each year and go from strength to strength.”

With the ink still wet on the group’s incorporation documents, Northern Plains Compass are delving head-first into seeking sponsorship and funding for the event and hope to access funds from the state’s “Building Better Regions Fund”.

Adelaide Plains Councillor and NPC president, Eddie Stubing, is enthusiastic about the festival and the potential it holds.

“This is just going to be huge,” he said.

“It puts the northern region on the map.

“It’s just so exciting.”

NPC are hopeful the promotion of the event will translate into awareness by the Adelaide population that the country is closer than they think and is productive in things they use and consume every day.

“New housing in the area is thriving and the realisation that you can live in the country but quite easily work in the city, will surprise many,” the group stated.

NPC are currently seeking expressions of interest from local businesses that would like to participate in the food festival.

Contact Eddie Stubing on 0428 824 712 or John Lush on 0417 809 785 for more information.

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