The innaugural Homegrown Parkes event held last Saturday, 25th March was a resounding success, offering activities and stalls to suit every taste.
During the event, Parkes played host to celebrity gardener Costa Georgiadis, who engaged in every aspect of the day. In addition, Costa spent Friday, 24th March with local students at Landcares Schools Eco Day, followed by a dinner at Bogan Gate.
Over 40 stallholders supported Homegrown Parkes, bringing together first-time producers and creatives, sporting groups, schools and some more established small local businesses.
With an emphasis on keeping it local, the majority of stallholders were from Parkes however, organisers were also pleased to welcome several stallholders from Forbes, Cowra and Orange.
The alpacas and insects were definitely a hit with everyone – not just the kids! The smooth sounds of the piano in the Cooke Park Pavilion drew people in, to view the fabulous pottery and paintings.
Food options were top-shelf, with a wide variety of vendors providing amazing fresh food options.
The Committee, consisting of members of Central West Lachlan Landcare, Parkes Community Arts and Parkes Shire Council have been overwhelmed with wonderful feedback from the event and are extremely grateful for the support and participation of the community.
Following the resounding success of last weekends event, the committee are seeking feedback from the community and stallholders on whether the event should continue. A survey will be going live via social media, Facebook: homegrownparkes and Instagram: homegrown_parkes.