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Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Melbourne Press Club Group Chefs visit SA

A taste of the Murraylands

24 Feb, 2011 10:17 AM
THE best fresh produce from the Murraylands was on show on Tuesday as a group of Melbourne chefs took part in the first agri-tour to visit the region.While on the inaugural Central Market Tour the chefs, from restaurants owned by The Press Club Group, visited three Murraylands producers to get a taste of some of the best products South Australia has to offer.
Tour guide Mark Gleeson said once the first tour was completed it would go onto the Central Market’s website in the hope of drawing chefs from around Australia.
“Small to medium sized growers have a place in the tourism business,” he said.
“Agri-tours is new and we want to start bringing people through the area.
“What we have seen so far today is inspiring.”
On the tour schedule were Murray Bridge based businesses Swanport Harvest and Celcius Restaurant kitchen garden and Rio Vista Olives, in Mypolonga.
Swanport Harvest owner Don Ruggiero said over the past 12 years his business had produced its Stay Crisp lettuce label people have asked to see his crops and production, but this was the first time such a tour had stopped by.
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Getting a taste: Visiting some of the region’s fresh produce businesses during an agri-tour of the region are tour guide Mark Gleeson, PM24 chef Sascha Randle, Hellenic Republic chef Travis McCaule, Swanport Harvest owner Dan Ruggiero, Press Club Group chef Johnathon Mackie and St Katherine’s chef Paul Dunlop. Pic: The Murray Valley Standard
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