DISCOVER HIGH COUNTRY SMALL-SCALE PRODUCERS

The Andrews Labor Government is helping to put Victoria’s innovative small-scale and craft producers on the foodie map and showcasing the exceptional food and drink they have to offer.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced Swiftcrest Distillery have been awarded $100,000 for their Tasting Pod project as part of Stream Three of the Labor Government’s Small scale and Craft Program.

Swiftcrest Distillery will create a unique tourism experience that showcases their and local agribusinesses produce. Three pods will be constructed on the scenic hill of their Mansfield property. The Tasting Pod experience will be a private dining space with panoramic views for all four seasons. There will be a space for making memories with family and friends while immersed in the natural vistas of Mansfield and the high country. The pods will be stocked with local produce and staff will be on hand to explain where the unique produce comes from, talk about each producer’s story and why their local produce is so special.

Stream Three of the program provided grants of between $25,000 and $100,000 to eligible small-scale and craft agribusinesses to support projects that created a unique visitor experience, engaging multiple small-scale and craft producers, and putting their regions on the map.

The Government’s Small-Scale and Craft Program has awarded grants to over 300 businesses and invested $6.6 million into the sector.

The Small-Scale and Craft Program supports the 10-year agriculture strategy to create a sector that is strong, innovative, and sustainable.

To find out more about the Small-Scale and Craft Program visit: agriculture.vic.gov.au/smallscaleandcraftprogram

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“We are proud to support hardworking and resilient small-scale and craft producers like Swiftcrest to create unique experiences which have the potential to attract visitors to the area and deliver flow-on benefits for jobs and tourism.”