Mouth-watering aromas and an upbeat atmosphere described this year’s Moree on a Plate perfectly.
From 10am on Saturday people from far and wide flowed through the gates of Moree Secondary College.
An amazing selection of fresh local produce was available, ranging from goats cheese to delicious cherries and of course some Pally Pecans.
Special guest Lyndey Milan OAM held three cooking demonstrations to give a whole new view of paddock to plate.
Her tea-smoked trout in a Thai-style salad was a hit, followed by some caramelised pear scones.
Plenty of free entertainment was found at the Kids Korner, especially with The Jitterbugs live on stage encouraging children of all ages to sing and dance.
The Jitterbugs sang about the environment and hoped to inspire more youngsters into the garden.
Coles Moree handed out fresh, and free, fruit for all to enjoy.
The free photo booth was a hit.
Live music provided by the talented town band and Jac Lillyman flowed through the speakers for most of the day.
Things really heated up around 2pm when six teams went head to head in Blokes on the Barbecue.
The blokes were given a Weber, 45 minutes and a secret ingredient to work into their meal of choice.
Chiro Cooks, Greg Bell and Mark Simpson were given Roy’s Organic Garlic to work into their dish, which paid off when the crowd awarded them People’s Choice.
A perfect combination of prawns and secret ingredient Grumpys Ginger Beer was enough to take out top chefs for Rabobank Moree’s Marco Cicchelli and Drew Hawkins.
Even local politicians Mark Coulton and Adam Marshall had a red hot go at the challenge, and after a rough start they finished strong.
B and W Rural agronomist Sophie O'Neile, mayor Katrina Humphries and Lyndey were the lucky judges to taste each of the six prepared meals.
Organisers were happy with the amount of first-timers who travelled from out of town to be in Moree for the festival.
Crowd numbers were strong and most stalls were busy all day. The Moree on a Plate committee thanked their supportive sponsors.