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Championing the Waikato Food Story

Local food producers and hospitality businesses are invited to join their peers alongside key regional stakeholders and exceptional guest speakers at the first Waikato Food Forum.

“The Waikato region has a wealth of world class producers and eateries, many of which go under the radar” says Waikato Food Inc Chair, Vicki Ravlich-Horan, “Waikato Food Inc aims to change this by raising the profile and calibre of food and hospitality in the Waikato.  To do this we need to bring everyone together and forge a strong connected community.”

The afternoon with be facilitated by Angela Clifford, CEO of ‘Eat New Zealand'. A movement initiated by chefs and people in the business of food, with the aim of highlighting the quality and vast array of edible resources available in New Zealand.

Guest speakers include Sarah Meikle, CEO of Visa Wellington On A Plate, an event that has successfully put Wellington on the international food map.

Wendy Voegelin, Growth Programme Specialist of Auckland Tourism Events & Economic Development, will also be contributing to the day with her experience growing and promoting food businesses in Auckland.

“Waikato Food Inc has been championing the depth and breadth of our local food industry for over six years” says Waikato Food Inc Chair, Vicki Ravlich-Horan “we have been doing this almost entirely without any help from regional or local government.  The forum is an opportunity for us to learn from other successful regions while also creating our own unique story.”

A panel discussion will hear presentations from those involved in the economic, social and cultural development in the region, as well as local food producers and business owners.

The goal of the Waikato Food Forum is to enlist the help of everyone dedicated to seeing our region thrive and who want to know more about Waikato Food Inc.  Waikato Food Inc would like to not only start conversations but to build solid partnerships with like-minded people and organisations.

The Waikato Food Forum will take place on Tuesday 4th June, 1-6pm at Zealong Tea Estate, Hamilton. The event is being hosted by Waikato Food Inc, a not for profit working group, dedicated to seeing the Waikato recognised as a world-class food and beverage region.

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