Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that Harvest Festival Central Coast which runs this upcoming June long weekend has received $20,000 in Round One of the NSW Government’s 2018 Incubator Event Fund.
The Fund, managed by the State’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, assists regional events in their infancy to grow attendance and boost the local visitor economy.
This is the second consecutive year the NSW Liberal National Government has supported the Harvest Festival.
Mr MacDonald said the Festival will help drive additional visitors to the Central Coast while showcasing of the region’s strengths in food and beverage production.
“Events play an important role in attracting both new and returning visitors to our regional towns, bringing with them additional business to restaurants and cafes, local tourism operators, attractions and accommodation providers,” Mr MacDonald said.
“I congratulate the event organisers and Central Coast Council on this wonderful achievement and thank Destination NSW for their continued support.”
Mayor Jane Smith said that Central Coast Council welcomed the news of the grant for Harvest Festival Central Coast and the continued support of the NSW Government through Destination NSW.
“Harvest Festival Central Coast is an important event that Council runs for the region and it has been developed to link directly with local farmers and businesses to promote our region’s quality produce and showcase our unique hinterland to visitors,” Mayor Smith said.
“The inaugural event last year attracted over 10,000 attendees to the region and brought together a community of food lovers and connoisseurs which positively impacted our local businesses and economy.
“This year, the festival will take visitors through Dooralong, Jilliby, Yarramalong, Kulnura, Mangrove Mountain, Peats Ridge, Somersby and Calga, showcasing the unique Hinterland right here on the Coast, and the support the festival has received will help us deliver services like our free shuttle bus, live music and entertainment.
“We welcome the continued support of the NSW Government for Harvest Festival Central Coast and praise its efforts in boosting tourism in regional NSW.”
The Fund is part of the expanded Regional Flagship Events Program which also includes the Flagship Event Fund and the Event Development Fund. For more information on the Program, go to http://www.destinationnsw.com.au/rfep.