Launceston to host city-wide Agri-Food Festival for fourth year

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Launceston is gearing up for the fourth iteration of the Agri-Food Festival from August 1-4.

Sarah Blacklock, executive producer of organiser agriCULTURED, says Tasmania’s agrifood landscape is “garnering global acclaim”.

“The terroir of our region plays a pivotal role in producing highly nutritious food, grown ethically and sustainably and we boast some of the most passionate and talented chefs, farmers and producers in Australia,” she said.

“As a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, the festival will champion the Launceston regions gastronomic landscape, thriving agricultural sector and culinary heritage.”

Across the event’s four-day program, 2000 gastronomic experts and enthusiasts are expected to attend events in a variety of locations across Launceston including UTAS’ Inveresk campus, Peppers Silo and the city’s Saturday Harvest Market.

“We will welcome visitors from across Tasmania, Australia and New Zealand for a festival with eco-friendly practices that demonstrates a commitment environmental stewardship alongside social responsibility,” Blacklock said.

“This year we are pleased to have Paul West from River Cottage and ABC Backroads fame as our keynote speaker, and a wealth of knowledge from our other experts including Farmers for Climate Action CEO Natalie Collard and Republic of Everyone founder Ben Peacock just to name a few.

“This year’s theme is cultivating change and we endeavour to do that by fostering connections between community and country, highlighting food justice and raising awareness about significant issues posed by today’s cost of living challenges.”