The 26th annual Seymour Alternative Farming Expo brings together the best in Victoria in an informative and entertaining event from February 16 to 18.
Boasting up to 500 exhibitors and more than 20000 patrons across the three days, the expo features demonstrations, food and liquor tastings, informative lecture series, a market-style shopping experience, live entertainment and the opportunity to talk in person with the alternative farmers themselves.
‘‘If you are looking for advice on alternative products or want to tap into the latest innovative ideas that will assist you in being a successful farmer, then the expo is the place to visit,’’ MMG events manager Susie Filleti said.
‘‘There is a real festival feel this year too, with three busy food courts and a bar, and all palates are catered for with the range of delicious food, wine and cider on offer.’’
Cutting edge industries take centre stage this year, such as the special guest Grubs Up insect farm from Western Australia, which farms crickets for both human and animal consumption.
The 2018 AWPA Victorian Whipcracking and Australian Bullock Whip Championships will be hosted at Seymour and pig-racing and pig-diving demonstrations will entertain.
For the children there are DIY projects, camel rides, an animal petting farm and all sorts of animals to see.
The huge success of this event has a flow-on effect every year to the wider community of Seymour.
‘‘The event contributes about $6million in economic impact every year, from the exhibitors staying in town through to visitors getting their coffees down the street,’’ Ms Filleti said.
‘‘The town embraces the event and we have some great supporters in the community, and equally, the event generates a positive economic outcome for the Mitchell Shire region via this $6million impact.’’
■The Seymour Alternative Farming Expo will be held from February 16 to 18 at Kings Park in Seymour. For more information or to buy tickets online and save 17 per cent, visit: www.seymourexpo.com.au