Slow Food Hunter Valley volunteers are turning farm produce into tasty meals at Maitland Show

PRODUCE FEST: Slow Food Hunter Valley leader Amorelle Dempster and secretary Anne Kelly hold some of the fresh farm produce they have turned into meals and will sell at the show. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis.

PRODUCE FEST: Slow Food Hunter Valley leader Amorelle Dempster and secretary Anne Kelly hold some of the fresh farm produce they have turned into meals and will sell at the show. Picture: Belinda-Jane Davis.

Take a trip to this year’s Maitland Show for the food, and support the city’s farmers.

Slow Food Hunter Valley are preparing vegetable frittatas and sausage rolls made from local ingredients to promote the paddock to plate process.

There will be vegetable frittatas made from local sweet potato leaves, carrots and eggs and served with a side salad of cucumber and tomato. 

The juicy cherry tomatoes – grown in Telarah and at Shepherds Ground at Butterwick – will have you wanting more.

There will also be sausage rolls with pork and beef mince, and pumpkin, and slices of watermelon to help families stay hydrated.

“This is a great way to connect people with the local food by making something that is tasty and nutritious and gives them something different than what they’d normally find at the show,” Slow Food Hunter Valley leader Amorelle Dempster said. 

Seventeen volunteers from Slow Food, Telarah Preschool and the Kiwanis group have been busy chopping vegetables in preparation for the big cook up.

The meals will be cooked at Ms Dempster’s Readers Cafe and Larder, which sits alongside East Maitland Library, and taken to the show. 

Once you’ve tasted the food, watch the cooking demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday.

FLOUR POWER: Margaret Harvey, Cynthia Abbott, Barbara Heckman and June Gardner have a flour fight in the CWA Hall. Pictures: Perry Duffin.

FLOUR POWER: Margaret Harvey, Cynthia Abbott, Barbara Heckman and June Gardner have a flour fight in the CWA Hall. Pictures: Perry Duffin.

Learn how to effortlessly transform farm produce into delectable meals with a weekend of cooking demonstrations at Maitland Show.

Home cooks will take to the stage alongside chef and Slow Food Hunter Valley leader Amorelle Dempster in the Willard Pavilion, which sits alongside the grandstand, and have taste buds tantalizing. 

Guest cooks from the Maitland and East Maitland CWA branches will also make an appearance and turn classic recipes into an impressive affair. 

Then, buy your fresh farm food from the Maitland produce market stall at the show

PRODUCE: The Maitland Produce market will have a range of seasonal produce for sale.

PRODUCE: The Maitland Produce market will have a range of seasonal produce for sale.

The Maitland produce market will run over the three days to give families a chance to do their weekly shop and buy ingredients to make some of the recipes.

Shoppers should bring their own bags and can leave their produce at the stall and pick it up before they leave. 

Oakhampton farmer Austin Breiner will speak about the humble pumpkin – an iconic Maitland food – and its origins. He will also offer the crowd a chance to taste a wide range of varieties. 

Farmer: Austin Breiner. Picture Perry Duffin.

Farmer: Austin Breiner. Picture Perry Duffin.

Slow Food Hunter Valley will also have meals for sale that have been made from the farm produce picked in the Maitland area.

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