Food fest feasts on government grant

Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin with Ballina Food & Wine Festival Chair Col Lee and Exhibitor Coordinator Julie Lee.

Ballina’s share of the pie just got a little bit bigger after with the announcement of $20,000 in state funding for the 2018 Ballina Food and Wine Festival.

Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin described it as ‘a wonderful community event which showcases the very best of our local produce, restaurants and culinary expertise.

He added the funding would also ‘support and promote our local food and hospitality industries as well as premium wines, craft beers, cider and spirits’.

Mr Franklin said the funding will go towards assisting the event organisers in marketing this year’s festival.

‘The festival has continued to grow each year with this year being the ninth year. This success is owed to the members of the Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond for their incredible work in organising the Festival as well as the wider community for really embracing the event,’ said Mr Franklin.

This year’s festival will be held on Sunday, July  1, at the Ballina Jockey Club. There will also be a gala dinner on Friday, June  29, at the Ballina RSL Club.’

Proceeds from this year’s event will go towards the Ballina Shire Rural Fire Service.

‘I encourage everyone to come and enjoy some of our local produce and products and premium wines and craft beers at this year’s Festival,’ Mr Franklin said.

The funding is part of the Regional Flagship Events Program.


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