BEECHWORTH chefs, its brewery, restaurants and cafes are spearheading an “all-local” food and drinks offering at this year’s Golden Horseshoes Easter Festival on April 15 and 16.
Festival convenors Ian McVea and Lanie Donaldson said there was growing support for the idea to give priority to local and Indigo businesses to supply food and drinks to the thousands of people who flock to ‘Horseshoes’– a quirky annual event which commemorates the election of the Ovens goldfields’ first parliamentarian in 1855.
But the festival organisers are seeking more local participants in the local-first supply program before they extend the offer – if necessary – to providers from the wider North East.
“It presents a wonderful opportunity to showcase the foods and skills of the people of Beechworth and Indigo,” said Mr McVea.
“But all food outlets need to participate to make it work and we’ve approached them.
“We’re really looking forward to the support.”
Mr McVea and Ms Donaldson said the decision to take a purely local approach had been well-received.
Bridge Road Brewers’ Ben Kraus said his business would be offering ribs at a stall at the Ford Street entrance to the brewery.
The Press Room’s Heather and Mike Allen will also have a pavement stall featuring the food from their tapas bar.
The Hibernian Hotel is also participating in the pavement line-up and there will be vans offering a diverse range of locally-prepared foods.
Ms Donaldson, who is Beechworth Bakery’s marketing manager, said the community could look forward to a vibrant ‘Horseshoes’.
“The street parade is looking great but there is still room for more exciting floats and fun entries to take part,” she said.
Food and beverage businesses which would like to register interest in the “all-local” festival supply program should contact Lanie Donaldson on 0437 075 109 or Ian McVea on 0488 553 633.