An Institute of Gastronomy could be established in Daylesford benefiting farmers, fine food producers, and accommodation and hospitality operators thanks to Victorian government funding to assess the proposal in full.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced a $100,000 Food Source Victoria grant and a $20,000 contribution from Regional Development Australia for Ms Wolf-Tasker AM in conjunction with William Angliss Institute of TAFE to investigate the feasibility of establishing the institute.

Ms Wolf-Tasker AM, in collaboration with William Angliss Institute of TAFE, will lead the project to assess budget requirements, operating model, site analysis, economic and social impact, and barriers and challenges. William Angliss Institute is also contributing $30,000 towards the project.

The Institute of Gastronomy will foster collaboration between people working in agriculture, food production, hospitality, tourism and education with the potential to attract local, national and international students.

It is envisaged that the Institute will be a community facility that houses a culinary school, agribusiness entrepreneurship institute and an exhibition and function space.

Potential programs at the Institute may include culinary/agribusiness studies, sustainable small scale agriculture, collaborative learning between chefs and growers, research and marketing of gastronomic products, and regional wine production.

The region is well known as a tourism destination for people looking to enjoy spa and wellness treatments, locally grown produce, fine food and dining, and quality accommodation. The Institute could assist in the ongoing growth of these industries by providing locally educated, well-qualified staff.

The Government’s Food Source Victoria program supports producers and businesses working in partnership to develop products that take the state’s superb produce to the next level, creating new jobs and growing exports.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas MP

“The Daylesford region offers a unique opportunity in food production and is becoming renowned for alternative and unique food production. The Institute will draw on the region’s strengths to create new opportunities for students that will ultimately benefit the region’s food and tourism industry”

MEDIA RELEASE, Thursday 28 September 2017

The Hon Jaala Pulford MLC
Minister for Agriculture
Minister for Regional Development
Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council