THIS year marks the 50th Anniversary of Farm World at Lardner Park, and Victoria’s premier agricultural event is striding into the future with a strong list of over 900 exhibitors.
Demonstrations and presentations will cover food including native foods, fibre, profile chef cooking, home composting and much more.
A free forum will engage farmers with the Society of Precision Agriculture and Young Farmers Ministerial Advisory Council with very topical industry speakers, focusing on precision technology, social media and how they are driving higher outputs in the farming industry today (no entry fee forum).
This year will see a little nostalgia as Farm World reflects on the journey so far, celebrating the long-term loyalty of machinery exhibitors such as Vin Rowe, Gendore, REN and Alto Motors (to mention just a few) who were present in the founding years of Farm World (formerly known as The Gippsland Field Days).
Still exhibiting today, they join a long list of national and regional farm machinery exhibitors with new model releases, wide ranges of stocks, and on-site experts.
BJ Bearings, a long term exhibitor at Farm World, has increased its association by taking up naming rights for what was previously known as the General Interest Pavilion – now the BJ Bearings Pavilion so make sure you check out the fantastic product range and advice available.
This year’s theme is Food & Fibre, and Saturday and Sunday will see a celebratory ‘Food & Fibre Fiesta’ in the main Conference and Exhibition building with presentation sessions, fresh produce stalls and fibre demonstrations and sales.
Learn how to take awesome photographs of food for Facebook and Instagram, cooking with essential oils, native foods, bread and cheese making demonstrations, funky basket weaving, home composting and much more.
Two high profile cooking demonstrations will be conducted by the renowned Alejandro Saravia, Peruvian-born chef and owner of Pastuso in Melbourne.
Women in Agriculture presented by Telstra and supported by Commonwealth Bank Australia is a much loved luncheon on Thursday (www.lardnerpark.com.au for the fantastic speaker line-up).
On Friday is an early breakfast (and always highly informative) hosted by the Commonwealth Bank as a strategic partner to Farm World, followed by the Official Opening luncheon with regional Food & Fibre expert Paul Ford as the main speaker.
On Friday afternoon a free-entry Forum (seats must be booked on the website) is being hosted by Society of Precision Agriculture Australia and Young Farmers Ministerial Advisory Council, with a focus on ‘Collaborating to Innovate’.
With industry leading panel speakers (refer to website for details), focus is on precision technology in agriculture and social media and how these are driving higher outputs for farmers.
Plenty of good tips and insight to be gained from this forum!
The Farm World Equestrian Expo was a huge success in 2016 and this year has showjumping, dressage, mounted games, a breed village, trade exhibits, heritage draught horses, pony rides and plenty more.
For all competition and masterclass session details, prizemoney, and sponsors please visit www.lardnerpark.com.au
This year will see the introduction of several crowd-pleasing new activations.
‘Fittest @ Farm World’ is an epic contest pitting Gippsland farmers against Voyage Fitness gym-goers to determine who really is the fittest! Come along, pick a side and show your support!
New to Farm World in 2017 is the Big Gippsland Jersey Milk Off challenge, consisting of timed milking challenges with noted regional media and political personalities (1 teat, 1 hand, 1 minute, most milk collected). Along with commercial dairy farming education and presentations, the event will be interspersed with engaging panel discussions and theatrics with patrons between daily milk-off sessions.
Plenty of retail shopping exists together with indoor trade exhibitors in the Baw Baw and BJ Bearings Pavilions, with a parcel delivery service available to assist with all those shopping purchases!
Don’t forget about the new two-day extravaganza with the Food & Fibre Fiesta on Saturday and Sunday in the main building – demonstrations and presentations together with dynamic displays and food and fibre products for sale.
Information and ticketing for Farm World and functions are available for the first time, online now at lardnerpark.com.au and still at 2016 ticket prices!
Tickets available at the gate on the day at 2017 prices (see website for details).