COLAC region producers and food-based tourism businesses will host an innovative event to delight foodies and movie buffs in the lead-up to Christmas.
Otway Harvest Trail, which has almost 50 member-businesses from Timboon to Torquay and inland from the Great Ocean Road, will present a gourmet-cinema celebration at Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre on December 14.
Harvest trail member and spokesman Tom Dennis said the event would include canapés and drinks before an exclusive early screening of movie Burnt, starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller.
Mr Dennis said the trail’s Gourmet Cinema Event would raise money to revitalise the trail’s online presence with a redesigned website to showcase the region.
He said 49 businesses in food production, restaurants, cafes, beverage production, fibre production, food retailers, caterers, a cooking school, accommodation and tours were part of the Otway Harvest Trail.
“Since our inception in 2009 we have developed and refined the tourism experience for visitors to the Otway hinterland area,” Mr Dennis said.
“We have helped evolve an identity for the region and have supported the profile of producers in the area.
“We have built an audience and visitation into the area and have created an environment for producers to work together.
“Investment in food and beverage businesses in the past five years has seen some great offerings to Otway hinterland locals and visitors,” he said.
“The likes of the Forrest brewery, Brae, and last week we read about Platypi Chocolaterie in Forrest starting up.”
Mr Dennis said the trail had 30,000 copies of a new, extended brochure in circulation, new signs for farm gates and business windows and was offering a social media training course for members.
“Food and beverage-based tourism, and agri-tourism is rapidly becoming a mainstay in the local economy, and the Otway hinterland is developing a wide reputation for high quality experiences and products,” he said.
“The Gourmet Cinema Event on Monday, 14th of December is a chance to meet some of the hard working people behind the great businesses we represent, and enjoy the fruits of their labour in a relaxed, fun evening.
“The film might even inspire members of the community to get into the kitchen and use some of our great local produce.”
The trail’s Gourmet Cinema Event starts at 7pm.