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Farm 2 Plate Ex 2021

18 – 19 May 2021

Scenic Rim, Qld

Regionality, in partnership with South East Queensland’s Scenic Rim, invites you to the 2021 Farm2Plate Exchange where farmers, food and drink producers, chefs, tourism and hospitality businesses meet to exchange knowledge, debate big ideas, network and learn from an immersive learning experience. As our host destination, the Scenic Rim is a showcase of farm to plate innovation and resilience. This remarkable region continues to develop as a high value food and agritourism region, while recovering from the impact of drought, fire and floods.


The appeal of Farm2Plate Exchange is in the curated program and depth of the content. The 2021 event, held at The Centre, Beaudesert, presents opportunities to delve deeper than most conferences. As its name suggests, the program is designed as an ideas exchange with case studies and Q&A. Participants are encouraged to network and share conversations against an inspirational backdrop of exciting panels, presentations and specialist keynote speakers.

Programme Overview


Day One: Tuesday 18 May 2021

FARM TO PLATE RENEWAL: As so many communities experience the devastating impacts of a changing climate, how do we change? How do we renew our practices to shift from being the problem to becoming the solution?


How do we change our practices to shift from being the problem to becoming the solution?

Keynote Speakers: Bruce Pascoe and Charles Massy



In conversation with Chris Eggert, Oxhill Organics and Ben Cole, Wide Open Agriculture



Panel Discussion



Intergenerational equity; attracting young people to farming and keeping young people on our farms

Keynote Speaker: Kate McBride



On farm experience

Hosted by Tommerup’s Dairy Farm

Day Two: Wednesday 19 May 2021

CONSUMER RENEWAL: Connecting with the conscious consumer.


How has the pandemic changed consumer preferencing from a global perspective

Keynote speaker: David Hughes via Livestream

A domestic perspective. How we make local, seasonal and provenance a way of life for all Australian consumers:

Speaker: Rose Wright

Panel Discussion  with Georgina Davis, QFF, Mirjana Prica, FIAL


How to tell a story that is compelling and authentic around food and farming.

Panel Discussion with Barbara Sweeney, Christine Manfield, Brenda Fawdon

Connection With The Conscious Consumer

Keynote Speaker: Joel Salatin via Livestream

in conversation with Australian farmers who have adopted the Polyface Farm business model.


Showcasing the finest of regional food at Kooroomba Lavender Farm and Vineyard.

Pre & Post-Exchange Options

Monday 17 May, 2021

If you are currently or considering value adding to food and drink this FIAL Masterclass session is a must do for you.

For existing and new food manufacturers seeking to establish new, expand existing markets or innovate their product.

Branding & Marketing for Food Farmers and Makers
Thursday 20 May, 2021
With Rose Wright and Barbara Sweeney

Learn the importance of your business brand and identity and how to apply it in all your communications. We’ll show you how to switch the ‘On’ button on your marketing foghorn and how to use the compounding power of social media to get your message out. You’ll learn writing tips on how to make your food content sizzle. Plus bring along any burning branding, marketing and communication questions. We’ll put them into a hat and discuss them in two dedicated Q&A sessions.

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The Scenic Rim is set in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and surrounded by World Heritage listed national parks an hour south of Brisbane and an hour inland from the Gold Coast.

Economic Development & Regional Tourism-min

Known for its breathtaking scenery, this region is establishing itself as a must see destination for its nature based and agritourism attractions. Its offerings are continuously evolving and range from wineries and art galleries to expansive bushwalking tracks, state of the art equine facilities, growing rural communities and friendly country charm.

Take a look for yourself: Scenic Rim Showreel

For more information on the Scenic Rim, please go to Visit Scenic Rim

A Word from our Partner, Scenic Rim Regional Council

The Scenic Rim has an emerging food and wine culture, a strong heritage ethos and a wide variety of culinary tourism experiences that help showcase its premium food and wine products to local, domestic and international tourists. The region has well-established natural resources management and environmental protection frameworks and enviable food safety standards. These credentials underpin its quality food and wine reputation across a range of products, from niche and novel brands, to high-quality bulk commodities, to tourism experiences in stunning landscapes. The Scenic Rim’s close proximity to major population centres of south east Queensland and northern New South Wales makes it an ideal short break destination. With the nationally-recognised award-winning annual culinary event Scenic Rim Eat Local Week and new locavore initiative Scenic Rim Farm Box providing local produce delivered to the door, Scenic Rim Regional Council is perfectly positioned to be the Host Partner of Regionality’s Farm2Plate Exchange in 2021.


The Scenic Rim achieved national recognition in August 2019, judged Australia’s most outstanding foodie region by some of the nation’s best chefs and food industry leaders. Winning the ‘Outstanding Region’ trophy at the prestigious delicious. Produce Awards in Sydney, the Scenic Rim shone on the national stage for its authentic local food movement, underpinned by the highly successful annual Scenic Rim Eat Local Week initiative.

Scenic Rim Regional Council acknowledges the support of the Australian and Queensland governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements

Accommodation & Travel

There is a variety of accommodation available in the Scenic Rim including farm stay, motels, resorts and lodges. Delegates have the option to buy the transport pass or self drive. For delegates wishing to experience more of the region, consider a farm stay option. If you would prefer not to drive, there are accommodation options including motels available within walking distance to the conference venue in Beaudesert and the transport pass will provide bus transport to evening venues.


We ask that you take into consideration the driving time to dinner events, which may be around an hour from accommodation venues.  Tommerup’s Dairy Farm and Kooroomba Lavender Farm will host these evenings based on their ongoing commitment to agribusiness and enhancing the agritourism experience in Scenic Rim.


Event transfers are an add-on to the conference price. If you would like to take advantage of the event transfers, please purchase the Event Transfer Ticket.


If you are arriving from inter-state and require assistance in reaching the Scenic Rim, please refer to the Airport Transfer option.


Some accommodation options:

  • Annalee Motel, Beaudesert, is walking distance from our conference venue, The Centre


Farm Stay experiences, 20 – 40 minute drive from The Centre, Beaudesert.


Lodges and Resorts, 25 – 35 minute drive from The Centre, Beaudesert.


For all accommodation options see Visit Scenic Rim.

2019 Success Story

Farm2Plate Exchange 2019 created a tribe of like-minded individuals who seized the opportunity to form lasting friendships, gain insight and share their stories. Delegates came away inspired, informed and engaged after taking part in symposium style professional development presentations and panel discussions featuring a big line up of speakers from Australia and overseas. There was an overall buzz throughout the conference of participants being a part of something tremendously exciting, delegates feeling capacity to create change; many commenting on experiencing a sense of real collaboration and commitment… but don’t take our word for it, check out our Farm2Plate Exchange 2019 reel.


Given the unfolding situation regarding COVID19 in Australia and globally, a COVID Safe Plan is in place for the Farm2Plate Exchange to ensure the safety of our staff, speakers and delegates.

We are taking advice from Queensland Health to implement all recommendations for a COVID Safe Event. We will adhere to strict hygiene practices and social distancing measures to further reduce any health risk. These measures are being reviewed and updated in the planning of the Farm2Plate Exchange to ensure our procedures are current at the time of the event.







2021 Partners & Sponsors

Host Region Partner: Scenic Rim Regional Council

Host Region Partner: Visit Scenic Rim

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Interested in becoming a partner at the Farm2Plate Exchange, please contact Renae Denny – Events Specialist for a Sponsorship Prospectus or we can tailor a solution to meet your needs.