THE level of abstraction from paddock to plate is so great that sometimes we lose sight of where all our food comes from.
So it’s great to have events like Farmer on your Plate in Perth’s CBD to remind city slickers what agriculture and farming is all about.
This year’s event is particularly relevant, given the pandemic fall-out and wild weather battering some rural businesses in WA.
One of the stalls is manned by Carnarvon Sweeter Banana, who had to contend with plague-like floods there last month, forcing them to ship hundreds of thousands of bananas a week to Perth.
This year’s Farmer on your Plate has a great line-up of food and drink including Wandering Clover Fed Beef, Cailo Chocolate, Brookwood Estate Winery, Anton’s Bratwurst and the Australian Bee Company.
As well as stalls with lots of food and tasters, top chefs will be using the delicious WA produce on show in fun cooking demos.
Beef’s Nicola Kelliher says they sow a wide variety of clovers and grasses into their pasture to provide a comprehensive nutrition base for their cattle.
“More than being just grass-fed, we dedicate our focus on soil health through efficient fertiliser use and advanced grazing management, resulting in calm, happy cattle, which gives tender meat,” she says.
“Our Clover Fed beef has a rich, sweet flavour, which is maximised when the fats caramelise during cooking, releasing its own unique sweet flavour.
“…for the first time we have Clover Fed pies for sale, made with our premium brisket with gravy from the beef juices.
“And we are lucky to have Vince Garreffa of Mondo Meats showcasing our Short Ribs from 4.30pm.”
If a spot of vino is more your thing, then make sure you check out the Brookwood Estate Winery stall, which will be showcasing nine varieties of wine.
“All of the wines are single vineyard planted by my family in 1996 – from grape to glass our process is handled by our family still to this day,” says managing director Gavin Cahill.
“We make an amazing Chenin Blanc and our best seller Mellow Rouge, an off-dry red served icy cold. We grow our grapes using healthy and sustainable practices and craft our wines with as little intervention as possible. It is our love of farming, respect for mother nature and commitment to excellence that ensures we consistently deliver great wines.”
The theme for this year’s event is ‘Walk, Talk and Taste the regions’, with stalls divided into geographical areas. They’ll be an old-school country raffle with the chance to win a two-night stay at Mary’s Cottages in Kukerin, and free entertianment including Nigel’s Incredible Creatures of York, music from artist Kim Wainwright, and the talented duo Nick and Lucy, and some infectious dancing by the Moorditj Mob from Wesley College.
Farmer on Your Plate is on Thursday March 25 from 10am-5.30pm at Forrest Place.
By STEPHEN POLLOCK