Swan Valley: Meet the Maker highlights best of the region

Chef Caroline Taylor from Taylor Art and Coffee House at the Meet the Maker lunch.
Chef Caroline Taylor from Taylor Art and Coffee House at the Meet the Maker lunch.

LOCAL producers and chefs have come together to promote Swan Valley produce in a tasting lunch Meet the Maker.

The event, which was held last week as a partnership between Buy West Eat Best and the City of Swan, highlighted some of the regions most sought after produce from figs, grapes, wine, goat’s cheese, oils and locally sourced meats.

The lunch, held at Taylor’s Art and Coffee House and created by chef Caroline Taylor, showcased the fresh ingredients that were available straight from the farm in the Swan Valley.

Ms Taylor said the authenticity and passion from producers in the Swan Valley was like no other.

Growing up at the cafe, which used to be the families homestead, she said she grew to know her neighbours and local producers like family.

She said the food in the Swan Valley was not only nourishing, but was grown and made with love.

“These people have been working on this land for a long time and the product and service they offer is reliable,” she said.

“There is so much love and passion in what they are doing and the bold and punchy flavours in the food show that.”

Ms Taylor said it was important for people to buy local and support farmers and producers, and more important than ever given the recent flooding in the Swan Valley.

“It’s a shame that it takes a natural disaster to change our habits, but there are farms and producers working hard in the Swan Valley to create an abundant amount of food or wine and this year will be harder on them because of the floods,” she said.

“I would encourage everyone to come out to the Swan Valley and try the fresh produce that is on your door.”