Local produce is fresh and sustainable

MOUTH-watering meals featuring all local produce is not a pie-in-the-sky concept, according to Lois Kelly.

Ms Kelly was yesterday overseeing the delicacies being cooked up in the Local Food Hall at the ♦North Coast National.

Little wonder the hall, part of the Southern Cross University Sustainable Living Expo, was proving to be a big drawcard for showgoers.

Emanating from the tent were the delicious smells of marinated kangaroo fillet with sweet macadamia praline and local beetroot salad - a recipe which earned student chefs from Wollongbar TAFE top marks in the Apprentice Chef Cook-Off.

Celebrity chef Eki Takagi was also luring hungry punters with the smell of his marinated organic chicken smoked in banksia kernels.

Ms Kelly said the aim of the Local Food Hall was to educate people about eating local produce as a means of cutting down on food miles.

Ms Kelly, from Lismore City Council's Economic Development Unit, said the 'locavore' movement, which aims to source food within a 160 kilometre radius, was catching on in the Northern Rivers.

“It is not possible to source all your foods locally but in this area you can get about 80 per cent of what you need. It is healthier and better for the planet,” she said.

“We currently have the situation where some locally-grown avocadoes and macadamias are being shipped to Sydney before being brought back for purchase. It's just crazy.”

Ms Kelly said people wanting to buy local food should simply shop at local farmers markets and stop at roadside food stalls.

“We've got used to going into big shops to buy everything we need but it is not good for us, our local farmers or the planet.”

The Sustainable Living Expo is on today featuring everything from chemical-free cleaning methods to waterless toilets, kitchen composting, environmentally-friendly house paints, solar hot water systems and advice on weeds.

What's on today
  • Djanbung Gardens will be teaching the basics of permaculture in 10-minute sessions throughout the day.
  • The Local Food Hall opens at 11.30am with a talk on bush foods, followed by celebrity chef demonstrations at 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm.
  • The Talking Tent has a full day of events, starting at 10am with the film Bundjalung Stories. Other highlights include a talk on preparing Lismore for a post-carbon future at 1pm, regional food security at 4pm, and an eco-film festival which runs from 5.30pm until 9.30pm.
  • Each half-hour starting at 10.30am in Bodger's Hovel will be demonstrations going by the titles The Car Behind the World and Making Fire Using Non-Fossil Means
  • In the workshop area at 10am is a session on waste minimisation in the home, at 10.30am is a talk on planning a year-round food supply, and at midday a talk on using vegetable oil as a way of reclaiming power from petroleum companies.


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