Paddock to plate fundraising event for FamilyCare

By Laura Briggs

The Woolshed at Emerald Bank was a full house yesterday afternoon as guests tasted the region’s best food and wine.

Paddock to Plate Autumn Feast was the first fundraising event of its kind hosted by FamilyCare.

After having an annual charity golf day for 20 years, FamilyCare fundraising co-ordinator Kim Daldy said organisation members felt it was time to branch out and approach fundraising in a fresh way.

‘‘We’ve got some of those golf day supporters here today as well, but we wanted to get out there so that people knew a bit more about FamilyCare and had a bit more of a connection and we thought what better way to do that,’’ she said.

Knowing that food never fails to bring people together and make for a successful event, she said the organisation approached the region’s best to showcase their produce and provide guests with a day to remember.

She said following the success in ticket sales that had the room filled to capacity with 240 guests, it seemed to be a welcomed and well supported change.

Upon arrival guests enjoyed the outdoor space surrounded by pop up food stands, breweries, cideries and wineries with live music from Maicy Hocking.

As lunch time came, attendees were officially welcomed and heard from special guest chef and television show Gourmet Farmer host Matthew Evans, who prepared the tasty three-course meal along with assisting chefs from the Woolshed.

Mr Evans said he was thrilled to be a part of the day.

‘‘I’m stoked to be here — it’s such a brilliant cause,’’ he said.

As a strong believer in bringing to the table home-grown produce, he said it was events such as this that he wished to see more of.

‘‘This sort of event represents everything we’re about, which is knowing and trusting the food that you eat,’’ he said.

Ms Daldy said it had been an all-round success, but it would not have been possible without the support and generosity of the many sponsors who got on board.

‘‘I just want to say a huge thank you to the sponsors and those involved in making the day happen,’’ she said.

She said all proceeds from the day would go toward buying a wheelchair accessible commuter bus for FamilyCare’s Into Rec program for children and young people.