Are you passionate about producing quality food and fibre? Are you interested in increasing your profits through value-adding?  Would you like to buy fresh local produce?  Come to Meet the Food Innovators forum on Thursday 25 October, 2018. Click here to register now. 

This event connects local, regional and national food innovators with local farmers, agribusiness, manufacturing and processing, and food retailers, and provides information on creative and transformative work in these sectors.

MCd by renowned journalist Peter Lewis, we will be bringing together a range of experts on our interactive panels from both our “home” (local) and “away” (non-local) presenters, plus conducting three field tours: Fruit Master, Beef It Up! and Sweet As.  Find out more about our tours by scrolling down to our itinerary section.

CHDC will also launch and share the results from two new major research projects:

  • 2018 Central Highlands Beef Processing Feasibility Study
  • 2018 Grown in the Central Highlands measuring the Central Highlands community’s interest in local produce: what, how, when and pricing

Finish the day with a Grains, Beef and Horticulture focused “Cluster Muster”: What’s a Cluster Muster? Simply, its where businesses in a region collaborate in order to be more competitive and successful both individually and as a group. Find out more

Meet the Food Innovators Sponsorship and Trade Display Booking Form is available here.

Year 12 students, budding food-preneurs, and young producers can attend at no cost through the Young Agribusiness Bursary program supported by CQUniversity. Applications close on 16 October and available here.

Event & ticket details

Thursday 25 October, 2018

8.30am – 6.30pm

Emerald Town Hall,

Cnr Egerton & Anakie Streets, Emerald Q 4720

Tickets cost $60 per person.

Your ticket includes:

  • Expert panel presentations facilitated by renowned rural journalist, Peter Lewis
  • Access to one of three available tours
  • Presentations on cluster mentality (including sampling craft beer from Bargara Brewing Company!)
  • Morning tea and lunch

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Peter Lewis
MC / Journalist / Director of Way With Words



Our expert panel includes:

  • Liz Alexander, Agribusiness Development Coordinator for CHDC
  • Chris Balazs, CEO of Provenir
  • Luke Bradley, Director of Wool-A-Roo Pty Ltd
  • Sonya Comiskey, Director of Bazadais Beef
  • David Donnelly, Director of Instinct & Reason
  • Emma Greenhatch, General Manager of Food & Agribusiness Network
  • Bec Lomman, Owner/Director of Seed & Sprout Premium Produce
  • Jack Milbank, Chief Executive Officer of Bargara Brewing Company
  • Jason O’Loughlin, Managing Director of Fair Dinkum Meats
  • Megan Star, Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CQUniversity
  • Rob & Krista Watkins, Directors of Natural Evolution
  • Justin Fontana, Development Manager of Hinkler Park Plantations

Click here to read more about our experts.


Join us in the afternoon for one of three tours experiencing the best of Central Highland’s local innovation.

• Fruit Master Visit Fruit Master Australia, a large scale vertically integrated grower & marketer of table grapes. View their commitment to orchard and field management, quality and food safety.• Beef it Up! Established in 1824, the Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) is Australia’s largest integrated cattle and beef producer, and the oldest continuously operating company in Australia. Visit the Goonoo feedlot at Comet to view their Wagyu production and learn more about their vertically-integrated beef business.• Sweet As Visit local beekeepers Alan McIndoe and Cliff Grimshaw, Rainbow Honey, and learn about honey, bee hive health, the importance of pollination, and how to start your own honey production. NOTE: This tour is NOT SUITABLE for people who have bee sting allergies!

Your tour is included in your ticket price.  Simply select your choice of tour when registering.




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