May 28, 2021 | By Joyce DiMascio

The power of local food and craft to drive destination appeal will be at the heart of Destination Food when it runs in Bundaberg, Queensland.

The “newish” business event was first held in Sydney in 2018 and its second edition will run at Bundaberg Multiplex Sport and Convention Centre on August 2 2021. This is a great win for the regional Queensland destination.

Destination Food Founder and Program Curator Holly Galbraith says food is an important element of why people travel and it has had a major impact especially on regional Australia.

Announcing details of the event for those working in destinations and food experiences, Galbraith told micenet there is a lot this community can learn from each other by coming together.

“In the last few years, there’s been an explosion of local food and craft experiences created especially in regional Australia. People who are interested in these experiences will travel to multiple venues and destinations,” she said.

This week Galbraith released details of the headline presenter – sustainable restaurateur, TEDx speaker, botanical artist and designer, Joost Bakker.

Bakker will deliver a keynote presentation ‘The Future of Food’ exploring his latest work, including the second phase of his Greenhouse by Joost project in Melbourne’s Federation Square.

The Greenhouse is a self-sustaining, closed loop, two-bedroom home that shelters, feeds, and provides energy for its inhabitants. It has been called ‘a blueprint for the homes of the future’.

Chefs Matt Stone and Jo Barrett have been living in the Greenhouse.

“I am so excited that Joost is joining the speaker line-up. He has been designing and operating carbon neutral venues for decades – long before it became fashionable,” says Galbraith.

The program also includes Australian food tourism experts including Steve Rosa, Group Manager Tourism & Economic Development, Destination Southern Highlands, Anne Moroney and Chef Mark McNamara from Regional Development Australia, Barossa, Dr Najmeh Hassanli from the University Technology, Sydney and Eric Pateman from Edible Canada. Food writer Barbara Sweeney will be MC.

Destination Food will host a Taste of Bundaberg farm tour and artisan lunch the day prior to the conference. This educational tour will allow delegates to meet local food tourism operators and experience the destination firsthand.

The event will run 8:30am-5:30pm, Monday August 2, 2021 at Bundaberg Multiplex Sport and Convention Centre. Earlybird tickets are $399 and can be booked on the event website.

Image credit: Adam Gibson