Another Successful Year at Agfest

Council’s Information marquee at Agfest was a great success. This was the third year we have had a site at this event.

We had many ratepayers who called in to just say hello, and others who had minor queries connected to their residences, particularly those who have holiday homes in our area. We have around 1,800 holiday homes around our Lakes areas. A lot of these owners live in the north, north east and north west of the State. If we were not able to answer their queries we were able to put them through to the appropriate Manager who were able to answer their enquiries.

My thanks go to the volunteers who make this event so successful from filling the showbags, prizes from local businesses and assisting over the 3 days at Agfest. Thanks also go to Deputy Mayor Andrew Downie who assisted in setting up the marquee on the Wednesday and helped on the Thursday also to Councillors Bailey, Cassidy & Evans who assisted on a day roster.

Nant Distillery:
Nant Distilling Company was proud to showcase their product amongst Tasmania’s finest at the annual AGFEST event held in Carrick in May. The Nant team braved the unseasonably cold weather to offer attendees a taste of what has given Nant world
renowned acclaim – it’s award winning Sherry Wood, the unique White Oak and the much loved Bourbon Wood whisky expressions. AGFEST was also an opportunity for Nant to generate interest around the expansion agribusiness with the Nant Angus Foundation Herd Offer. The Nant team enjoyed a highly successful AGFEST and received a surprise visit from Prime Minister Tony Abbott who stopped by for a chat. Given the success of the event this is likely to be the first of many AGFEST’s for the Nant Distilling Company.

Ruth & Allan Woods:
Showcasing the Central Highlands, Allan and Ruth Woods from Hamilton, had a colourful display. Allan had a wall of his photography with images from many Highlands areas. These caused a lot of discussion with visitors – the colours, the locations and the beauty portrayed within each. Ruth’s ‘Struth Designs’ silk scarves were another highlight. All of these scarves are delicately hand painted by Ruth at home. Their trilogy of books, “The Adventures of Disco Ducky,” a DVD showing the ‘Flow’ of the Derwent River through photography, photographic cards and bookmarks, all produced in Hamilton, added to the promotion of this wonderful area.

Highland Berries:
Highland Berries of Ellendale had a stall in the Council Marquee where one could try their various home-made jams and pastes before purchasing, and this again proved very popular, particularly the bags for Mother’s Day gifts. This year Highland Berries extended their range to include large jars of marinated cherries, and packages of small berries used in cooking to enhance the flavour. All their produce was sold out by lunch time on the Saturday.

Mayor Deirdre Flint OAM