To celebrate Victoria's agricultural producers, the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) along with Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) presented Heart of Victoria. The gala dinner is a premier event on the Victorian agricultural calendar and brings together the agricultural community to indulge in a night of Victoria's finest food and wine.
On the night we heard from a range of inspiring agri entrepreneurs who discussed just how vital the agriculture is to Victoria. The sector actually contributes close to half of the state's exports! Where would we be without the farmers?
As food security and quality become increasing issues globally our sector appears to be in very safe hands. Of all the speakers, George the Farmer, or more accurately, Simone Kain, stole the night as she discussed her mission to educate children about food and farming.
We're fortunate to attend some of Melbourne's finest events at The Plus Ones, but every now and then there is an event so special I just can't even. This was one of those events. Held in the MCG's newly re-furbished members' dining room — a place where jackets are definitely required — attendees were greeted with splashes of class in every corner.
The real feature, of course, was the produce. Through seven courses of pleasure we were given the best Victoria has to offer. Picture a seafood bounty of scallops, zingy blue mussels and trout as the first course – then imagine it getting more sublime from there. Everything was so delicious it's really hard to talk about a standout. However, the thickest cuts of juicy pork belly that I have ever seen glazed in sweet potato with a black pepper jus had me going for thirds.
Events like these don't come around too often. A massive thank you to the organisers for having us and continuing to promote our state's agricultural sector in unique ways.
Co-founder of The Plus Ones, Rukmal lives and breathes events.
For more information on the many events and activities focusing on Victoria's food industry, visit www.rasv.com.au.