Our Volunteer


Felton Food Festival comes together thanks to the dedication of over 170 volunteers who make this event possible.

We would like to recognise the following Festival Co-ordinators who give so much of their time to this event.


Name: Robyn Ayles
Connection to Felton: Friends in Area/ Worked in area
Role on the FFF Committee: Raffle Co-Ordinator
How long have you been involved with the Festival: Since the first year
What do you love about Felton: Scenery and the people
What do you love about the Festival: Friendly event which showcases the Agricultural Sector.  Something very important to me as I worked in Agriculture for over 30 years and grew up on a farm.
Top tip for people visiting the 2017 Festival: Sit back and enjoy the atmosphere.
What is the #1 thing people should do when visiting the region for the Festival: So much to see in the area.  Check out Toowoomba but also the local towns such as Cambooya, Nobby etc. 


 

Name: Vicky Barrett
Connection to Felton: Moved here to a small farm from Central Qld 5 years ago, but have owned the block for 15 years
Role on the FFF Committee: Coordinator, jams and preserves
How long have you been involved with the Festival: Have been peripherally involved since its inception
What do you love about Felton: The beauty of the countryside, cooler than Central Queensland.  We have been impressed with the enthusiasm of the locals to showcase their region.
What do you love about the Festival: It focuses on local produce and everyone pitches in to assist.  I love having the chooks wandering around.
Top tip for people visiting the 2017 Festival: Best to arrive nice and early to give yourself plenty of time to see everything
What is the #1 thing people should do when visiting the region for the Festival: If there is time other than for attending the  Food Festival, visit the lovely parks and gardens in Toowoomba.


Name: Meghan Cox
Connection to Felton: Toowoomba Regional Council employee
Role on the FFF Committee: Music Coordinator
How long have you been involved with the Festival: 2 years
What do you love about Felton: The country air and peacefulness
What do you love about the Festival: Everything: what’s not too love! The country atmosphere, the people, the music and local stalls!
Top tip for people visiting the 2017 Festival: Be sure to just sit on a hay bale and take it all in, it can get pretty busy so just enjoy it!
What is the #1 thing people should do when visiting the region for the FestivalHave a delicious meal at Rudds Pub in Nobby or Bull and Barley in Cambooya.


 

Name: Helen Naumann
Connection to Felton: Farmer's Wife
Role on the FFF Committee: Main Marquee Assistant
How long have you been involved with the Festival: Since the beginning
What do you love about Felton: The colours of the valley all year round
What do you love about the Festival: How it brings Felton alive!
Top tip for people visiting the 2017 Festival: Eat, drink and relax
What is the #1 thing people should do when visiting the region for the Festival: Stop at Bull and Barley Inn and Rudd's Pub Nobby, best country towns in Australia


Name: Sally McCreath
Role on the FFF Committee: 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.


Name: Hugh Reardon-Smith
Role on the FFF Committee: 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


 

Name: Charm Ryrie
Connection to Felton: Farmer / Cattle Producer
Role on the FFF Committee: Merchandise Coordinator
How long have you been involved with the Festival: Since the first festival
What do you love about Felton: The Communities overwhelming love of this beautiful productive valley.
What do you love about the Festival: It tells our love of the land...and why we love it, and lets us share it for the day.
Top tip for people visiting the 2017 Festival: Enjoy the great country relaxed hospitality, and savour the valley's fine food, bring a hat and be prepared for a big day. Appreciate what the farmers of our wonderful country produce.
What is the #1 thing people should do when visiting the region for the Festival: Visit Rudds Pub... unique experience.... Darling Downs Zoo


Name: Kathrine Scobie
Connection to Felton: Resident
Role on the FFF Committee: Main Marquee Coordinator
How long have you been involved with the Festival: 4th year now
What do you love about Felton: I love the wide open spaces, fresh air, and climate. The people aren't too bad either ;)
What do you love about the Festival: The casual home grown, home made, local feel about it. I also love the sense of pride that emanates from the people of Felton Valley. 
Top tip for people visiting the 2017 Festival: Take time out to sit quietly and notice all the activity around you and the peaceful countryside beyond that. 
What is the #1 thing people should do when visiting the region for the Festival: I can't name just one, there's so many.  Such as Darling Downs Zoo, Rudd's Pub, a stroll through Queen's Park, Margaret Street with the cafés, a climb up table top. Plus many more. 


 

Name: Ian Whan
Connection to Felton: Small time farmer running cattle
Role on the FFF Committee: Traffic Coordinator & Site Preparation
How long have you been involved with the Festival: Since inception
What do you love about Felton: The sky, the space, the soil, the people. It’s deadly!
What do you love about the Festival: The combined effort of the community and the fame it brings to the valley.
Top tip for people visiting the 2017 Festival: Come early and stay all day. Be sure to talk farming and agriculture with stallholders and locals.
What is the #1 thing people should do when visiting the region for the Festival: Give yourself time to tour the region. Come Saturday and stay overnight, get to know a few locals!


Kate Reardon Smith - Volunteers

David House - BBQ

Ryan Francis - Bar

Paul Fuhlbohm - Grain Display

Russell Fuhlbohm - Water truck 

Richard Thallon - Q&A Marquee

Vicki Whan - Cake Stall + Tea & Coffee