Chefs and foodies band together to support the Gascoyne
More than 200 passionate Western Australian foodies came together in Perth on Sunday 19 April 2015 to raise funds for farmers and growers in the state’s food bowl who are recovering from the devastation caused by Cyclone Olwyn last month.
Held at Perth’s Urban Orchard, Chefs for the Gascoyne, brought together 20 chefs and more than 40 suppliers resulting in a gourmet extravaganza and a true celebration of community spirit.
The event was officially opened by the Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries, the Hon. Ken Baston MLC and was hosted by media personalities Verity James and Josh Byrne.
Member of the organising committee and WA Food Ambassador Don Hancey said he was delighted with the way the day went.
“Everyone had a great time. We were very lucky with the support we received from the producers all over Western Australia and from chefs in Perth – it made the day really special. More than 90% of produce we used yesterday was donated, and all of our chefs gave up their time to attend.”
The event raised more than $25,000 which will be given to the Gascoyne Food Council to assist with the promotion of Carnarvon product in the future.
Fred Fairthorne of Farmer Jack’s supermarkets also used the opportunity to present Gascoyne Food Council Chairperson Paul Shain and Vice-Chairperson Michael Nixon with a $100,000 donation.
Gascoyne Food Council Executive Officer Alex Maslen said the growers have been overwhelmed by the support shown to them by the Perth community.
“Cyclone Olwyn caused more than $10 million worth of damage to growing infrastructure and tens of millions in crop losses overnight,” said Alex.
“Our 194 growers are very resilient and will do their best to get their winter crops down to Perth as soon as possible. It certainly helps them to know that people in the city are aware of their struggle and care about helping the region recover. Keep an eye out for Carnarvon product in June!”
If anyone would like to donate to the cause please contact Alex on 0402 855 358