NORTHERN Plains Food Festival organisers are offering schools, community groups and members of the local community free pumpkin plants to help generate interest surrounding the upcoming celebration of local produce.
The inaugural Northern Plains Food Festival will be held at Two Wells Oval on March 25 and promises to be a fun day out for the whole family to celebrate all that the Adelaide Plains region has to offer.
The festival’s organising committee, the Northern Plains Compass, will be holding a giant pumpkin- growing competition on the day, and is giving away free plants to help members of the community
Northern Plains Compass president Eddie Stubing said a great deal of effort has gone in to get the festival organised, and he wants to see as many people involved in the competition as possible.
“If anyone wants a pumpkin, we can bring them the plant, help them plant it and come back to take a photo for the competition, so once it’s in the ground they won’t even have to shift it at all,” he said.
“We’ve had one that’s been put in the ground – the plants are flowering already and doing even better than the ones in the pots.”
South Australian media personality Andrew ‘Cosi’ Costello will host the event, while former MasterChef finalist and culinary king Callum Hann will hold food demonstrations on the day.
In addition to local produce, the festival will include arts and crafts stalls, food vans, wine- tasting and a farmers’ market.
Mr Stubing said the organising committee has put a lot of time into planning the event and is still looking for more people to help bring the festival to life.
“Anyone out there who wants to help put the festival together, we’re still looking for some help in the days leading up to the event,” he said.
“The council has been very supportive of the idea, so we’re not completely alone, and they’ve put up money to help us.”
Entry into the festival will be $2 for adults, with children entering for free.
All profits from the festival will be put towards local community and service clubs in the region.
For more information about the Northern Plains Food Festival, or to register your interest in receiving a pumpkin plant, contact Eddie Stubing (0428 824 712).