14 June 2018

Mayoral Column

I’m delighted to tell you that Hawkesbury City Council is supporting the 21st Australian Orchid Council Conference and Show which will be hosted by the Orchid Society of NSW www.orchidsocietynsw.com.au from Friday, 20 July to Sunday, 22 July 2018 at Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium, 16 Stewart St, South Windsor, NSW.

As part of this, the Orchid Society has launched a competition for local chefs and their customers to honour the vanilla orchid. Cafe and restaurant owners just need to use Australian grown Broken Nose Vanilla in a menu item. I encourage local restaurants, cafes and chefs to get involved so that customers can come along and try their vanilla menu. Secret judges will patrol participating venues and taste the ‘vanilla enhanced’ items to select the winning recipe.

Customers also have the chance to win a beautiful flowering orchid plant, to be drawn at the Opening Ceremony of the 21st Australian Orchid Council Conference and Show.

Anyone ordering a ‘vanilla’ menu item must send their contact details and ‘proof of purchase’ receipt, addressed to AOCC2018 at PO Box 5396 Chullora 2190 or email a scan to aocc2018@orchidsocietynsw.com.au by 5pm, 18 July 2018. Interested chefs need to contact Helen Mason on phone 0448535528 or email helenrobmason@gmail.com to participate.

So, get out and about and start sampling new vanilla creations in the Hawkesbury. Participating venues can be identified by an A4 competition poster displayed at the café or restaurant venue.

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