Gate to Plate a foodie hit
SPOILT for choice is putting it mildly - the Gate to Plate Festivale was a thoroughfare of flavours, fun and festivities.
Attendees took their tastebuds from Morocco to nanna's kitchen, sampling foods from across the globe.
Children enjoyed a bunch of activities and smiles were plastered across more than 3000 faces as they strolled through the Grafton Showgrounds yesterday.
Organiser Gai Pritchett said she could not have been happier with the Festivale.
"The main thing is that the stallholders are happy," Ms Pritchett said.
"The weather is great the crowds are filtering in and the kids are happy - so we're all happy!"
It's the first year the Festivale has run on a different day to the Gate to Plate lunch and Ms Pritchett said it wouldn't be the last.
"This way, people can relax and they don't have to rush around," she said.
"And it means they don't fill up before the lunch."
As people become more interested and passionate about food, the Festivale allowed people to indulge in the flavour of the moment.
"With the multicultural stalls we've got, people can really experience the different flavours and that's what the gallery is all about - bringing culture to Grafton," Ms Pritchett said.
Under the shade of the barn, attendees were lured to the Purple Pearls High Tea with fresh-baked scones flying out the door like, well, hot cakes.
Purple Pearls committee member Kate Thomson said people were putting their orders in as fast as they were coming out of the oven.
"At first people were just admiring what we had, but after they had explored, then it was full on," Ms Thomson said.
As tea-goers enjoyed their high-brow munch on cakes, sandwiches and slices, one lady even took to reading tea leaves at the table.