Local produce has been thrust onto the world stage with diners from around the globe feasting to support bushfire ravaged communities.
The Governor-General David Hurley showcased produce from Braidwood and Bungendore on February 5. The delicious food was served at a lunch with high commissioners and representatives from Pacific nations. The initiative was also promoted through social media.
The Governor-General said buying local produce was a terrific way to support communities as they recovered and rebuilt from the bushfires that have devastated so much of Australia.
"When Linda and I have visited communities affected by the fires one of the things that has stood out is how important it is to promote that they are open for business. Whether its visiting the regions or buying local produce, it is a way for all of us to support those whose lives have been turned upside down by the fires," he said.
"The social media posts about the produce we have showcased at recent events has been very well received. We will continue to use produce from around Australia, highlighting to our guests that these towns are open for business and encouraging them to support local providers."
Produce included lamb from the Braidwood Butcher, trout from the Snowy Mountains Trout Farm, wine from Sapling Yard, honey from Bees R Us, dairy from Tilba Real Dairy, bread from Dojo Bakery and eggs from Long Paddock Eggs.
Guests from Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga and Vanuatu enjoyed the delicious meal.