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Local tourism operators travel south on taste-testing tour

12 April 2013

A group of Southern Queensland Country businesses will travel south on Monday on a taste-testing tour of regional New South Wales to gather food and wine tourism inspiration.

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said Tourism and Events Queensland would lead the Regional Flavours Roadshow to Orange in New South Wales, a region renowned for culinary tourism.

“Southern Queensland Country is home to a rich variety of produce and boasts fantastic local restaurants, chefs and wine makers,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The aim of the roadshow is to expose participating businesses to another Australian region recognised for delivering best practice food and wine experiences.

“Our DestinationQ strategy recognises food and wine tourism as a priority niche market and initiatives like this will inspire the participants to further develop and market their own offerings for visitors.”

Southern Queensland Country Tourism CEO Mary-Clare Power, a tour participant, said the tour coincides with Orange’s famous F.O.O.D. (Food of Orange District) Week event showcasing local producers, products, chefs, restaurants and wineries.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Southern Queensland Country’s best food, wine and events operators to build on their own expertise by immersing themselves in a thriving regional food and wine tourism event,” Ms Power said.

“The ideas and knowledge these participants will gain will contribute to building Southern Queensland Country as a tourism destination known for its first-rate regional flavours.”

Regional Flavours Roadshow participants include:

Granite Belt Brewery

Preston Peak Wines

Queensland College of Wine Tourism

Granite Belt Wine & Tourism

Nindigully Pub

Warwick Tourism and Events

Toowoomba Regional Council

Southern Downs Regional Council

Southern Queensland Country Tourism

[ENDS] 12 April 2012

Media Contact: Tourism and Events Queensland 07 3535 5010