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New initiative to support WA’s food and beverage sector this winter

This winter Western Australian consumers are being encouraged by the new ‘Plating Up WA’ initiative to support small businesses and local producers across the State by dining out.

Plating Up WA is an initiative of the State Government’s Buy West Eat Best program and aims to help ramp up businesses at local pubs, cafes, bars and restaurants during one of the quietest months of the year, June.

More than 45 venues across the State will feature ‘hero dishes’ on their menus using WA’s finest winter ingredients such as warm WA potatoes, crisp carrots, butter beans, truffles, WA rock lobster, Wagin duck and Margaret River Wagyu.

Importantly, the Plating Up WA initiative also supports local producers by fostering connections between venues and suppliers.

Agriculture and Food Minister, Jackie Jarvis said the initiative is a great opportunity to get behind local producers, cafes, restaurants and pubs.

“We know consumers are feeling cost-of-living pressures and local businesses are facing the same challenges – adding to that the winter months can be the hardest for venues as people tend to stay home.

“It’s important to remember that buying local means supporting our local producers, along with all those local businesses along the supply chain who help get this product to market and plate,” said Jarvis.

Some of the participating restaurants across Perth include Drasko’s Hot Chicken in Mount Hawthorn, RoyAl’s Chicken and Burgers Northbridge, Subi Continental in Subiaco, Core Cider and Funk Brewshed in the Swan Valley along with Ethos Deli and Dining Room in Fremantle.

Finlay’s Kalbarri, Ooze & Tang in the South West, Tall Timbers Manjimup and Jaspers Pemberton are also taking part.

Combined, the food and beverage manufacturing, and food service sectors in WA have more than 100,000 employees, many working for small businesses.

This is the sixth year of Plating Up WA and more than 200 venues across the State have participated in the initiative since it began.

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