Thursday, 22 August 2019

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Calling Coromandels home-grown food providers and musicians

Calling Coromandels home-grown food providers and musicians

Do you make a mean mussel fritter? Are you brewing beer locally? Are you growing your own produce to sell? If you're a Coromandel food and beverage producer or grower who wants to promote your product either nationally or internationally - Thames Coromandel District Council wants to hear from you.

Last month Brett O'Reilly the Chief Executive of Auckland Toursim Events and Economic Development  (ATEED) and a group of his staff tour the Coromandel looking at developing opportunities and links between the Coromandel District and Auckland.

"As well as being blown away by the Coromandel scenery, Brett and his team were really impressed with the local food and hospitality," said Whangamata Area Office Manager Garry Towler, who arranged the trip.

"Bringing ATEED to the Coromandel enabled them to experience first-hand our aquaculture and our niche food and horticulture industries. The group all agreed there are some really good opportunities to promote the Coromandel product to the Auckland market and beyond. We're now arranging to work more closely with ATEED on how we can capitalise on these opportunities."

Wendy Voeglin, one of the people from the ATEED group, specialises in rural development and the home-grown food and beverage market. She has also been involved in Auckland's successful bid to stage the 2017 World Travel Summit. Held every two years, the World Travel Summit and Expo is the largest gathering of food and drink tourism professionals.

"Wendy was really impressed with the niche food and beverage market on the Coromandel and sees lots of ways she can bring international food writers and chefs to the Coromandel and promote food tourism within our District," said Mr Towler.

So TCDC now wants to put together a database of local food producers and providers who would like to promote and showcase their products.

The database will list the contacts and details of local home-grown and niche food and beverage providers. The information will be shared with ATEED, but also promoted through Destination Coromandel for food tourism opportunities as well as on the TCDC website.

If you want your business to be included on the database please send your contact details, a description of what you offer and any website information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., TCDC’s communications manager.

TCDC is also working with Regional Tourism Operator Destination Coromandel to create a database for professional musicians and bands from the Coromandel.

"We want to promote and support our home-grown talent so that when someone is setting up an event, a festival or even a wedding, they can click onto the database and connect with our local artists," said Destination Coromandel Manager Hadley Dryden.

"Many festival and event organisers may not realise we have a vibrant and talented music industry, so if we can provide a one-stop shop to let them know what we have to offer it's of benefit to everyone," says Mr Dryden.

The database will also provide an opportunity for local artists to connect and network.

If you're interested in being listed on the database - which will be a link on TCDC’s website please email your details and any online links to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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