Sustainability on the menu with celebrities at 2017 Sustainable Living Expo

MEDIA RELEASE 15 February 2017

Bathurst Regional Council will host chefs and television celebrities Colin Fassnidge and Matthew Evans as special guests for the 2017 Sustainable Living Expo (SLE) held on Saturday 25 March.

Council’s annual Sustainable Living Expo has become a popular event shining a spotlight on sustainable initiatives that locals can implement in their own homes and business. The SLE is held in conjunction with the Bathurst Farmers Markets.

Mayor of Bathurst Cr Gary Rush announced that the theme of “Love Food - Hate Waste” for the 2017 expo had inspired the selection of two food celebrities that have made food sustainability a key point of difference for their businesses.

“Bathurst is a veritable food bowl and we are very fortunate to have such a strong industry providing food for local and international markets.”
“The farmers markets are a great opportunity for people to enjoy produce from our region and we are looking forward to welcoming Matthew and Colin on the 25 March,” he said.

Matthew Evans, better known as ‘Tasmania’s Gourmet Farmer,’ from Fat Pig Farm will make two appearances and talk to the crowds about his experience in sustainable farming and paddock to plate principles.

Chef and Owner of restaurant 4Fourteen and My Kitchen Rules celebrity, Colin Fassnidge is going to demonstrate his ‘nose-to-tail’ cooking philosophy and debunk some myths about this being a difficult thing to do at home.

“While Matthew and Colin are famous foodies, they both have simple messages to share of buying local, seasonal produce and making a plan to use everything you buy,” said Cr Rush.

Every year, NSW households throw away more than 800,000 tonnes of edible food and drink that is worth $2.5 billion. This equates to more than one third of the average household 'red lid' garbage bin is wasted food. At a household level, on average $1000 worth of food and drink is wasted every year.

Family favourites the King & Queen of Green and Shoalhaven Zoo are also returning in 2017 to share sustainability and care of nature messages with children through theatre and animal stories.
The Expo will be held on Saturday 25 March from 8am to 12 noon in conjunction with the Bathurst Farmers Markets at the Bathurst Showgrounds and entry is via a gold coin donation to gain access to both the Expo and Farmers Markets.

Keep up to date with the SLE schedule by liking Council’s Sustainable Bathurst Facebook page, website www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au/sustainablelivingexpo or contact Council on 63336111 for more information.

More information: Therese Ryan Manager Corporate Communications