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Fresh Thinking – Culinary Tourism

November 22, 2018 @ 8:00 am November 23, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

FACET Culinary Tourism Conference Brochure

According to Tourism WA’s Taste 2020 Strategy, culinary tourism is Western Australia’s international point of difference.

The theme of FACET’s 2018 Conference was  ‘Fresh Thinking – Culinary Tourism’ and was held in Busselton from 22-23 November.  The program explored the opportunities to grow culinary tourism in Western Australia, showcasing what is trending in food & wine in Australia and Internationally.  The 2-day event comprised a full day of presentations, a half day practical workshop, VIP Sunset Tour of the Busselton Jetty & Underwater Observatory and two networking dinners.

“Food Tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors in global tourism marketing.  In WA we have a wider range of produce grown than in any other State in the world.  This is an ideal tourism opportunity

The FACET conference brought together a group of inspiring presenters that showed growers, producers and tourism operators how they could work together to develop a unique marketing opportunity in WA. 

This was one of the best, practical conferences I have attended in some time and the excellent interaction of group members allowed for the discussion to present new ideas.  At Chestnut Brae we ahve already developed a new network of partners and ides as a result of the conference and workshop”.

Join us on this exciting culinary journey.

The program  has been developed to include the following themes:

  • The Bigger Picture – Growing Culinary Tourism Opportunities for WA;
  • Culinary Tourism Experience Development – Opportunities around Produce & Culture;
  • Culinary Tourism Festival & Event Development; and
  • Culinary Tourism Destination Marketing

Delegates will be inspired to work within their business and collaborate within their region to grow culinary tourism in Western Australia.

Who Should Attend? Owners and managers of food, wine and tourism businesses looking to refresh and develop new visitor experiences.  New culinary tourism businesses.  Producers interested in developing a visitor/tourism experience.  Local Government, Development Commissions and tourism organisations responsible for economic and/or destination development.  Tourism students.


Wednesday 21 November 6.30pm
Optional Dinner & Networking – Equinox Restaurant, 1 Foreshore Pde, Busselton (at own cost – $45 2-course menu)

Thursday 22 November 8.00-4.30pm
Conference Presentations, Busselton Youth & Community Activity Bldg, 21 Foreshore Pde, Busselton
Optional VIP Sunset Tour of the Busselton Jetty & Underwater Observatory, includes alcoholic beverage & snack box.
Optional Networking Dinner – The Goose, 15 Foreshore Pde, Busselton (at own cost – $50 2-course menu)

Friday 23 November 8.15-12.00noon
Workshop Culinary Tourism Experience Development, Busselton Youth & Community Activity Bldg, 21 Foreshore Pde, Busselton