Tuck into the taste of Mary Valley’s cuisine

A NEW project will link local food producers, tourism and hospitality providers in developing distinct flavours from the Mary Valley.

The Mary Valley Country Flavours project will offer a unique opportunity to local businesses and community groups to gain accredited barista and hospitality training for their staff while creating fantastic locally grown dishes.

This project, facilitated by Mary Valley Inc, aims to attract more tourist visitations to the area through developing and marketing the local food and beverage experience.

Project co-ordinator Lesa Bell said the project would offer free barista and service training while linking local food producers to tourist-based food outlets so a supportive network would be established.

Ms Bell said the project was aimed to provide visitors with a memorable experience in sampling the local produce of the region, while also supporting local agriculture.

"The project will also assist businesses to develop marketing material promoting their signature dishes as part of Mary Valley Country Flavours," she said.

"Not only does this approach give locals a chance to pride themselves on the quality of produce in the area, but the visitor will experience quality country hospitality and a guaranteed paddock to plate experience of consuming truly local food."

The project is supported by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Gympie Regional Council and will use Regional Training Qld and CTC Employment Services.

Gympie Times

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