Double blow for Queensland producers

4th August 2021 | Eativity editors

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) is calling on Queenslanders to rally behind the state’s food, fibre and foliage producers and shop locally to support the sector after major agricultural events were cancelled due to the South East Queensland COVID-19 lockdown.

The worsening COVID-19 outbreak has led to the cancellation of last weekend’s Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival and the cancellation of the 2021 Royal Queensland Show (Ekka).

You can still buy your Ekka showbags online via the Ekka website.

QFF CEO Dr Georgina Davis says it’s extremely disappointing that Queensland producers are once again unable to showcase their efforts and quality produce after ensuring the state’s food security throughout the pandemic and despite significant continuing challenges.

“These agricultural events bring agriculture directly to consumers and celebrate and champion the essential role the sector plays in the lives of all Queenslanders,” Dr Davis says. “Thousands of vendors and exhibitors have spent months preparing their livestock and produce to share with attendees and educate the public about Queensland agriculture.

“Farmers are dealing with the pandemic, rising input costs and a protracted drought. After this latest blow, there’s never been a better time to stand with our farming communities.”

The Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival attracts visitors from across the state.

Dr Davis has thanked the local Samford and Dayboro REKO ring groups for ensuring the produce grown and farmed for the 2021 Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival has not gone to waste by providing an avenue for sales to the local community, while consumers can still support vendors that were part of the festival through a designated webpage.

“Buying local produce and paying a fair price for it is the best way Queensland consumers can support the agricultural sector,” Dr Davis says. “By supporting farmers, consumers can play an active role in helping to ensure a bright future for Queensland agriculture.”

For a list of growers, producers, wineries, breweries, food trucks and artists that have been impacted by the last-minute cancellation of the Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival, head to moretonbayfoodandwine.com.au