Debbie House – FESTIVAL COORDINATOR
Debbie was born, raised and continues to live in the Felton district and has been involved with the Festival since its inception in 2012. As a child, her family ran a dairy farm and she was always out helping her parents with the cows and other farm work. She married the boy next door and together they continue to farm his family’s property growing a large variety of crops and cattle. Debbie is passionate about the Felton community, the Festival and educating people on where food comes from.
Top tip for people visiting the 2017 Festival: Be patient, bring a hat and sunscreen and prepare yourself for a great day in the country.
What is the #1 thing people should do when visiting the region for the Festival: Come and stay overnight, purchase a limited ticket to the farm tours or twilight dinner, visit historic Harrow Homestead or have lunch in a local pub.
Hugh Reardon-Smith – SECRETARY, MC
As a resident and local agronomist, Hugh has been involved with Friends of Felton since its inception and the Felton Food Festival since its 2012 beginnings. He loves Felton for its community, farmland and the people. As for the Festival itself, it’s connecting people to farming and agriculture that he cites as the thing he most enjoys about it.
Top tip for people visiting the 2017 Festival: Make time to visit the Q+A tent, take in the crop tour and ask questions of the volunteers to learn about Felton.
What is the #1 thing people should do when visiting the region for the Festival: Sample the local food – there are good suggestions on the website where restaurants and pubs are putting on special Felton dishes
Sally – STALLHOLDERS COORDINATOR
Sally and her family moved to the Felton area more than 20yrs ago from Scotland. Originally from the Barossa Valley, where she grew up on a wool and beef property, Sally developed a passion for cooking. She loves knowing where her food has come from and who has grown it.
Top tip for people visiting the 2017 Festival: Spend time talking to the stallholders. The stallholders are passionate about their product and there is so much to learn from them. We have a sensational line up of stallholders in 2017.
What is the #1 thing people should do when visiting the region for the Festival: Find a quiet country road, pull up and stop, get out of the car and close your eyes and open your senses to the fresh country air and the sounds around you. Paradise.
Iris Bryce – TREASURER
Iris's connection to the Felton Food Festival is a particularly personal one: In 1908 her grandparents bought the property on which the Festival is held today and there have been Bryces in Felton ever since. Her two sisters married farmers and moved onto properties at Dalby and her two brothers are still farmers in Felton. A teacher who retired to look after her parents until their deaths, Iris now lives in their old residence. She loves the country and the Felton area and has been the treasurer of Friends of Felton since the group was formed and involved with the Felton Food Festival since the very beginning.
Lisa Hanlon – FINANCE COORDINATOR
As a local business owner and resident from a sixth generation family farm, Lisa has been involved with the Festival since 2013. Like others she loves the community and the landscape of Felton and particularly enjoys the ‘welcoming, relaxed, cheerful, entertaining and fun atmosphere’ of the Festival.
Top tip for people visiting the 2017 Festival: Come for the weekend or longer to relax and enjoy the festival and some of our other attractions.
What is the #1 thing people should do when visiting the region for the Festival: Take a country drive, stopping at one of the iconic pubs for lunch, staying overnight and enjoying our beautiful night sky and wonderful sunsets and sunrises.
Linda Tillman - MARKETING COORDINATOR
Linda Tillman is the sole Director of Tilma Group and has built the business from its humble beginnings operating from her home office, to the dynamic and growing agency it is today.
Linda has been a judge and business mentor for the Inland Tourism Awards and NSW Tourism Awards since 2008. She is currently a Director for the Australia Regional Tourism Network. In 2013 Linda was awarded Gold at the NSW Tourism Awards for 'Young Achiever in Tourism' category.
Linda is based in Toowomba. She loves to stay fit... so if she is not on her horse, she is usually running with her dogs, gardening or chasing the kids around, and searching for the elusive 'balance' as a small business owner and mum. Linda's a country gal at heart, who also loves the glitz of the city every now and then.
After falling in love with the Felton area during what was supposed to be a brief visit in 2013, Manuel decided to switch from life as a scientist in England to life as a farmer in Australia. Together with his wife and baby girl, they manage the family farm which grows a variety of crops and Angus cattle. Being a newcomer to the area and to farming in general, Manuel has witnessed firsthand the kindness and generosity of the local community.
Top tip for people visiting the 2017 Festival:
Strike up conversations with the local farmers and the stallholders. They are all very enthusiastic about the food that they produce. Most of what I’ve learnt about farming has come from asking them all sorts of silly questions.
What is the #1 thing people should do when visiting the region for the festival:
Eat. There is beautiful food to be had at the festival as well as in the many restaurants and pubs in Toowoomba and surrounding areas.