Monday November 13

Coffs Harbour Showground
9am to 4.30pm

What's Happening at FoodCon

Your program for the day… please note, program is subject to change.

8.15am: Kick-start coffee or tea

Come early and enjoy a Coffs Coast kick-starter on us! Grab an Amelia Franklin coffee from Molly & Me or choose from a variety of Red Sparrow Teas.

9am: Welcome to the day

Welcome to FoodCon 2017 from Stephen Saunders, Coffs Harbour City Council, and a run through of the day from our MC, Debrah Novak. Councillor Jan Strom will welcome our special guest, Lyndey Milan.

Special guest – Lyndey Milan OAM

Listen as Lyndey Milan – champion of Australian regional producers, celebrated chef and TV personality, Tourism Australia food and wine advisor – shares her experiences and ideas for developing a thriving regional food destination and ‘authentic’ local food culture. Read more…

How we are making connections

Three local businesses will speak about how they are connecting to local consumers, visitors and other businesses.
~ Andrew Mitchell – General manager, Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Co-op.
~ Troy Blackman – Farm manager, Waterfall Produce, Australian Young Farmer of the Year 2016.
~ Maddonna Bannerman – Owner, Two Tails Wines and Velvets Restaurant.

Thought Storm – get involved!

You are invited to contribute in this fun, facilitated session around Food Tourism, led by Kerry Grace, CEO of Regional Development Australia, Mid North Coast. Lyndey Milan will wrap up this session for us with her insights.

11am: Morning tea and Bush Tucker presentation

Grab yourself an Amelia Franklin coffee or Red Sparrow Tea and choose from a selection of yummy treats. Then join Bill from Yarrawarra Cafe, Corindi, under the trees to learn about the connection created between Bush Foods, the land and Aboriginal people.

Find your story – tell your story

Kylie Sinclair, General Manager of the Coffs Coast Advocate, will give you the recipe for telling the story behind your business, in ways that are enriching and valuable to your customers. Storytelling is an effective way of marketing so selling becomes unnecessary.

The Harvest Hook-Up

Get to know members of our regional food industry for just one minute at a time in this fast and fun ‘speed-dating’ session. Share top tips and useful contacts – what will you learn, who will you meet and connect with?

Coffs Coast Harvest brand launch

Check out what happens when you get local foodies and a film crew together! Learn more about this new initiative from local Coffs Coast councils and the newly formed Coffs Coast Food Collective and how you can be involved.

12.55pm to 2.55pm: Producers Showcase

More than 20 different Mid-North Coast producers and businesses showcasing their produce, products and services. Enjoy tastings, make great contacts, and make the most of this networking opportunity – and you can feast from the Local Harvest Lunch food stations at the same time.

12.55pm to 2.55pm: Local Harvest Lunch

Featuring food stations from the Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Coop, Leonella Pasta and Nambucca Valley Aquaponics and friends, plus fabulous food using local produce and products prepared by Chris from the Spare Chef and his team. Plus local wine and beer.  Eat, drink, chat and enjoy!

Five Tips to grow your Facebook reach

Robyn Simon, Nortec Business Advisor. Most businesses are doing Facebook, but many not as well as they could to attract new customers, not just speak to their current ones. Learn why Facebook is important as a marketing tool and lots of practical tips to grow your organic reach.

Connecting with your community through food

Drury Woolnough, Drury Lane Eatery, Port Macquarie. Dru and his wife Kate moved to Port Macquarie from Sydney four years ago and haven’t looked back. Dru will share how being part of a community helps connect them to something bigger.

3.30pm to 4pm: Two Minutes 2 Success

Tell the audience about your business achievements and offer your top tips in the Two Minutes 2 Success session – yes, you only have to speak for two minutes! Connect, inspire... and help us finish the day on a high by telling our region’s real, local food stories. Register here to speak…