Food lovers and tourists will now be able to access information on where to taste local produce in regional eateries, thanks to a new initiative launched by Food Minister Gail Gago in McLaren Vale today.
Ms Gago said the Eat Local web-based campaign will help better position the regions and their produce on the culinary tourist map.
Eat Local will allow people to identify businesses that offer the best of South Australia’s regional produce, where they can discover new products, flavours and dishes sourced and created locally, she said.
They will be able to visit the Eat Local website, select the region they wish to visit and find all of the establishments participating in Eat Local.
Ms Gago said any businesses across the State dedicated to serving or selling regional produce can sign up to the campaign, whether their establishment is a restaurant, pub, deli, cafe, bakery, butcher, cellar door, farm-gate, store or retail outlet.
Once they join the initiative they will receive Eat Local signage or stickers, a profile on the Eat Local website and inclusion in a social media campaign, she said.
It will enable them to show their support of their local communities and distinguish themselves to consumers and tourists.
Ms Gago said participating businesses will be required to have at least one main dish on their menu or a selection of take home products named and sourced from their local area for sale at all times.
Eat Local is an initiative of the Regional Food Industry Association and Regional Food Groups, thanks to a partnership between Food SA and Primary Industries and Regions SA to grow our food industry.