Tasty treats on festival menu

NOTHING tastes better than food straight from the paddock to the plate.

And the availability of local fresh produce will be celebrated at Mamre House during its inaugural Taste of Mamre month.

The month-long celebration kicks off on October 21 with its annual Good Living Festival, which attracted 5000 people last year.

Other events until November 21 include farm tours, conservation walk, a champagne high tea, a cooking with herbs workshop and the annual 100 Mile Dinner.

"It's to give people a taste of the different things here," Mamre House customer relations and events manager Sharon Holstein (pictured above) said.

"There'll be something on every weekend."

Now in its 23rd year, the Good Living Festival was originally an art and craft show before it diversified into food and wine six years ago.

"There was more focus and interest in food, which was what Mamre was doing," Ms Holstein said.

There will be gourmet food, wine, produce and craft stalls, honey and olive tastings, car shows, entertainment, circus demonstrations and children's activities, including pony rides.

Proceeds from the day will support the Mamre Project.

The festival and the 100 Mile Dinner on November 3 will be the highlight of Taste of Mamre.

The dinner encourages food lovers to support local produce while minimising their carbon footprint with all food, wine and beverages sourced from within a 100-mile radius. ABC 702 radio presenter Simon Marnie and ABC's Gardening Australia host, Mamre House ambassador Costa Georgiadis are MCs for the night.

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