Students tuck in to Taste of Spring

EVENT Management students from Wollongbar TAFE are getting first-hand experience in their chosen field by organising a fun-filled festival.

Several keen students studying a Diploma of Event Management have been busy preparing the Tastes of Spring Festival that kicks off at Wollongbar TAFE tomorrow at 10am.

As the title suggests, food and drink will be a main feature.

The festival aims to showcase the Northern Rivers' first-class produce while giving students essential industry knowledge.

"As a part of the diploma, students need to gain experience in running an event," Wollongbar TAFE teacher Andrew Habner explained.

"We thought, 'Why not focus on local this year?'."

This year is the first time the event has been held at the TAFE and students have tried to make it as sustainable as possible.

"TAFE, like a lot of government organisations, has made a big push for sustainability," Mr Habner said.

"We want to promote local, less travelling and we push very heavily in waste control."

There will be live music, celebrity cooking competitions, regional exhibitors and other competitions on the day. Students have also worked hard to ensure the event is entertaining for people too young to enjoy a drop of wine.

"It's a family event, so bring the kids," Mr Habner explained.

There will be a jumping castle, sack races, egg-and-spoon races, throw the sponge at your dad and plenty of other activities for the kids.

The jumping castle will give 10% of its proceeds to the Our Kids charity and there will be a bucket at the door where people can donate. The Our Kids charity assists young people at Lismore Base Hospital children's ward with special medical needs.

"Come down for a good cause and support local students and businesses," Mr Habner said.

"Put out a blanket and enjoy the food, wine and entertainment."



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