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THE Clarence Valley is fast becoming famous for its fine food and fresh produce.

Chefs and cooks across the region and further afield are using Clarence grown produce including oysters, tomatoes, wild and farmed fish, prawns, strawberries, pecans, coffee, organics and much more.

To celebrate our fresh and fabulous ingredients and the passionate producers and growers behind them, The Gallery Foundation is hosting its second annual Clarence cuisine day called the Gate to Plate on June 14.

In the morning a free Clarence Valley food market will be held at the Grafton Showground, giving people a chance to browse producer and restaurant stalls, taste test and buy as they go.

Then at noon a six-course degustation lunch will be served in the barn. Tickets are $100, including food and matching wines and one of the event's organisers, Lisa Dougherty said 60 tickets had already sold.

Like last year, a range of local producers are already on board for the day, but Mrs Dougherty said there was always room for more, especially duck and pork farmers and cheese makers.

“It's wonderful for them and a wonderful opportunity not to be missed,” she said.

Keep an eye out for producer profiles in the Daily Examiner's Rural Digest from Friday. Call 6642 3177 to buy lunch tickets.

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