A food and beverage trade event that celebrates some of the best local growers and makers is set to return in May.
In its fourth year, Meet the Makers 2022 will showcase fresh produce, food and beverage products from more than 100 exhibitors from the Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Gympie, Moreton Bay and beyond.
The Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) event is a key opportunity for chefs, restaurateurs, cafes, food stores, retailers, accommodation and attraction providers to foster relationships with producers and learn about products.
Continuing to grow in size, diversity and reputation, FAN CEO Emma Greenhatch says as the region’s only dedicated food and beverage trade event, it creates valuable commercial connections and opportunities for its members and the wider food and beverage industry.
“Meet the Makers 2022 will showcase the amazing array and diversity of products and produce that is made here in South-East Queensland – to a wide group of industry buyers and supporters,” Ms Greenhatch says.
“The start of this year hasn’t gone as anyone had planned, so now more than ever it’s time for us to celebrate our regions’ amazing growers and makers.”
One local business looking forward to exhibiting this year is Jamie and Natalie Dalton from Sunshine Coast company Frozen Sunshine.
Established in 2014, Frozen Sunshine creates delicious ice creams full of fresh ingredients and flavour.
Ms Dalton tells My Weekly Preview the company has evolved in its eight years.
“This will be our third Meet the Makers – and we’re excited to use the event as a platform to launch a new range of product lines to industry buyers,” she says.
Ms Dalton says as a FAN member, access to resources and event like this helps businesses establish a name and gain positive exposure.
“We want to continue to get Frozen Sunshine around Australia and focus on growth, so an event like this is great.
“If you’re a local food or beverage producer or maker on the Sunshine Coast looking to grow your business – this is the event you need to attend.”
The event is on May 3. More information for interested exhibitors or potential buyers can be found at foodagribusiness.org.au/meet-the-makers.
Locals supporting locals
As the official ambassador of Meet the Makers, Roz White from White’s IGA has long been a passionate advocate for supporting local producers.
White’s IGA is a pioneer of the locavore movement and supporting the region’s local food and beverage industry.
“Meet the Makers is a truly unique event where our industry can connect with a diverse range of producers and growers and source innovative and new to market retail lines,” Ms White says.
“Working with a network of local suppliers has immense benefits for our business and region. When we support local, we support our community – in both the good and challenging times.