“We are looking to highlight local and regional produce and products through a market style event,” Eat Drink Live co-ordinator Sean Taylor said of the food and wine festival happening this weekend.
More than 50 stalls will showcase their hand grown and crafted wares from exotic mushrooms, organic meats and olive oils to coffees, wines, beers and spirits.
The mix of stalls will include a number of out-of-towners with some visiting Inverell for the first time - like Sunhill Dairy Goats.
“We produce a variety of goat’s milk cheeses, skin care products and soaps,” Corinne Annetts said of her farm near Uralla.
Ms Arnetts has been operating her stall at markets in Tamworth, Armidale and Gloucester but decided to come along to Inverell’s Eat Drink Live festival because “it’s a celebration of local produce and food and that’s what we’re all about”.
“We’re about people being able to access produce straight from the farmer,” she said, noting that it was also a chance to widen awareness of their goods, let people know they’re welcome to visit the dairy farm, and to maybe attract the eye of a potential Inverell stockist.
A local stockist would also be welcomed by Narrabri stall holder Krystal Hobden from Treasured Traditions. Ms Hoben teamed up with her mum, Shirley Welsh, to keep the legacy of her grandmother’s traditional jam, relish and pickle recipes alive.
“My grandmother and mother used to do markets with jams and chutneys, and I used to go along with them when I was little,” Ms Hobden said.
She explained that reviving their market stall has meant having the chance to work from home after Ms Hobden became a mother herself.
“I’m still using my grandmother’s recipes and cooking in little batches to keep the old skills alive,” she said.
Tami Crispe from Clarence Valley Gourmet Dips said becoming her own boss was an added bonus after setting up their grass-roots business with husband, Matt, four years ago.
They decided to join Eat Drink Live after receiving so much interest in their products from Inverell people attending the annual Moree on a Plate festival.
“We’ll have pure fruit popsicles on offer as well as six different flavours of rum balls,” Ms Crispe said.
They will also be selling six different gluten-free dips including balsamic Persian feta, hommus, and rocket and feta pesto; and home brewed ginger beer, lemonade and kombucha – a special probiotic tea.
The Eat Drink Live markets is a free entry event, happening at The Inverell Club on Saturday from 8am to 3pm.