Sunday, April 11, 2010

An Ultra Tropic Feast of the Senses

20th March, 2010

The Feast of the Senses event at Innisfail started its life about ten years ago as a part of Primary Industries week, initiated by the state government department of primary industries and fisheries. People like Pedro O’Connor and Yan Diczbalis from the tropical research station at South Johnstone were among the main organisers of a number of activities to showcase tropical exotic fruits throughout the week.

As with most events, it struggled initially and I am sure in some years, some thought it would be the last. With very little funds it has sustained and is definitely on an upward trend. Why? There is less government and a more community involvement. It seems that the community has embraced the event that brings awareness and economic benefits to the centre. One person in particular has been the shining light of the Feast throughout the years, as she is for her support and sheer enthusiasm for regional produce. That person is the delightful Ruth Lispcombe.

The Feast starts this weekend with the official opening event on the riverfront for a cheese & wine showcase and a new self-drive Artists Trail held over Saturday and Sunday giving you an opportunity to visit twelve local artists in their home studios. Next Friday is the inaugural Gala Deco Dinner at the newly refurbished Shire Hall and the very popular Market Day Extravaganza on Sunday 28th March in the main street.

At just over an hour drive from Cairns, the Feast makes it a very pleasant day out for the whole family and lends support for an area that has come a long way since Larry.

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