2017 is the year of Science

The festival theme this year is 'Science changing agriculture', with new activities to help showcase the importance of science in shaping the future of our industry and our community.

Check out some program elements below:

USQ Celebrity Marquee

The combination of demonstrations, competitions and entertainment ensures that visitors can make a clear connection between paddock and plate and enjoy a few laughs at the same time.  Special guests include Gardening Australia's Costa Georgiadis and Jerry Coleby-Williams, chef Alastair McLeod from Channel Seven's Queensland Weekender, Queensland food champion Alison Alexander, and one of Queensland’s leading pastry chefs Caroline Jones.

Q & A Tent

The Q & A Tent is your chance to meet the locals – they’re an affable and approachable lot who are proud of their region and the wonderful produce they supply.  Our friendly famers, experts and the odd celebrity will provide working examples and remarkable insights to educate us on the paddock to plate connection of the grains and produce coming out of the Felton Valley.

Here are some of the features of the program: 

  • Climate - Dave Mcrae (USQ), Rob McCreath (local farmer). David Mcrae's research interests include climate variability and change, climate risk management, agriculture and primary production systems, and the impact of drought.
  • Horticulture - Alan Richards (local farmer), Jason Huggins (local farmer), MC: Costa Georgiadis, Gardening Australia
  • Bread > from paddock to plate - Pernille Berg Larsen (baker), Hugh Reardon-Smith (agronomist), Murray Todd (local farmer)
  • Precision Agriculture - Dr Cheryl McCarthy (USQ), Andrew Green (local farmer). Dr McCarthy's research interests include the application of mechatronic engineering and machine vision to agriculture, imaging spectrometry and aerial photography.
  • The Science of Beef - TBC, Andrew O'Neil (local farmer)
  • Food & Health - Dr Lindsay Brown (USQ), Ruth Logan (dietician). Prof Brown's research interests include functional foods for the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, arthritis, kidney failure; cardiovascular and endocrine pharmacology.

To see this and more, check out the Felton Food Festival on Sunday 26th March 2017.