Increase awareness of and showcase the food and fibre industry.
Educate consumers on primary production in our region and the importance of water to our community.
Attract visitors to Coleambally and the surrounding areas.
Provide a platform for food and fibre operators to market and showcase their product/service.
Showcase local arts and culture within the community.
Support development of a cohesive arts community with interactive displays and workshops.
Create a fun, vibrant event for Coleambally in collaboration with the entire Riverina region.
The Taste Coleambally Committee, on behalf of Coleambally farmers and community, invite the Riverina communities and their urban cousins to be part of the fifth Taste Coly event. The committee has a range of exciting and fun events planned for the weekend to showcase farming and sustainable food production and local arts and culture.
The Taste Coly - Food and Farm Festival grew from a dedicated group of local farmers and community members wanting to show consumers how they grow food for Australia and the world in a sustainable and highly productive manner.
Coleambally Irrigation is one of the most water efficient delivery systems in Australia and each year one average Coleambally irrigation farm sustainably feeds an amazing 4,516 people. Given there are 487 farm units in the Coleambally Irrigation Area, it means that Coleambally irrigated farms feed 2,199,292 people for the entire year, each year they receive their full water entitlement.
The second Festival in 2014, was even bigger and better with about 1000 people taking up the opportunity to participate in the events. The introduction of a Guest Foodie, Rebecca Sullivan, proved to be very successful as it led to the festival being promoted on the Today Show and entertaining cooking demonstrations at the Festival.
The 2016 festival powered up the ways it offered the opportunity for our visitors to learn about what is grown right here in Australia. The festival shone a light on the bigger picture of Irrigated Agriculture and sustainable use of water. Our objective for 2018 was to further leverage both Taste Riverina and the festival program to ensure the event’s sustainability, by supporting the development of a cohesive arts community for Coleambally. Working with Western Riverina Arts and local artists, the festival featured interactive displays and workshops at the festival and in its lead-up.
As a result of the COVID 19 Pandemic, the 2020 Festival was cancelled. The organisers and the community are determined to make Taste Coly 2022 the biggest and best yet.