LOCAL growers and businesses can showcase their goods with demonstrations and displays at the Relish Marketplace in Hervey Bay.
Last month the marketplace opened to a number of Fraser Coast businesses, marking a new beginning for the Relish Food Story.
On Wednesdays from 9am to 3pm over coming months, Fraser Coast Opportunities has teamed up with the Pialba Place Shopping Centre to deliver this new concept.
The Relish Marketplace offers the public an opportunity to gain inspiration and learn about regional produce in a space designed for demonstrations, workshops, information sharing and also some market stalls.
For the first marketplace local favourite Honor Tremain presented on Food as Medicine with information on how to use local, inexpensive ingredients to make recipes that trigger weight loss, slow aging and prevent disease.
A champion for the Relish Food Story, Ms Tremain said it was fantastic to see this new development for the region.
"Food plays a big part in our health and when we are eating well we feel great, and can also support the local businesses which are owned by the friends and family we know so well," Honor said.
Pialba Place centre manager Sherrie Stone is excited to partner with Fraser Coast Opportunities and believes this exciting new initiative will empower the region to produce and operate a food hub of substance.
"Focusing on sustainable, ethical food, and raising community awareness to share the stories of our local growers is something our centre feels passionate about," Sherrie said.
"We are proud to support this initiative, and ultimately believe its success will have far reaching benefits for the Fraser Coast."
The marketplace will offer a small number of Relish Food Story members the opportunity to sell their products each week.
Bakehouse 13, Mary Macon, Somerfield's Quality Meats & Café Creations also provided demonstrations recently.
For local growers and businesses interested in learning more and potentially being a part of the Relish Marketplace, phone the Fraser Coast Opportunities Enterprise team on 4191 2600, with further information also found on relishfrasercoast.com.au.