It is less than a month until Tassievore 2015 and we are so excited (just like when you find your first ripe tomatoes)!
To cut the suspense here is a list of what you will find if you read on:
- Our weekly challenges for March
- How you can get involved!
- Our new and improved Tassievore Team
- Your invite to our launch picnic in Hobart
Ok so, drum roll……
The 2015 challenges, complete with ultra on-trend hashtags, are:
Week 1 – Become a local food forager – discover a new place to buy Tasmanian produce or find it where you shop already.
Week 2 – Grow fresh fruit and vegetables for yourself
Week 3 – Support a local business that uses Tasmanian produce
Week 4 – Feast with your family and friends on great Tassie produce
Our overall hashtag is #tassievore so if you aren’t sure, or if your post ticks all the challenge boxes just share the #tassievore love.
Anyone who shares their stories and pictures with us during the challenges will go in the draw for some great prizes including accommodation, books, growers’ calendar, tickets to the Living Local Feast and some other Tassievore treats.
Now we expect that you are also incredibly excited and just itching to get involved so here are our top ideas for doing just that!:
- Send us your tips for being a Tassievore – what are your favourite recipes, restaurants, Tassievore friendly businesses, markets, events, farmers or producers. Like us on facebook and share your stories and photos during the challenge. If you don’t use facebook you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tell your friends about the Tassievore challenge – the more the merrier!
- Check out the shopping and cooking page for recipes and places to buy Tasmanian food and drinks and visit the blog role (i.e scroll down) for inspiring stories from the previous challenges
- If you are feeling technological why not use our hashtags on facebook or twitter – sadly we’re not 100% sure what they do but it seemed like a good idea at the time.
- Do you have anything you could offer as a prize to entice other would-be Tassievores? We are totally volunteer run and a bit stretched to purchase fabulous prizes. Fortunately we aren’t too proud to beg.
- If you need a small project in your life you could download and print the ‘We support Tassievore’ sign on the back of our e-flyer and stick them in your window or take a happy snap and share it on facebook or twitter. It should look something like this:
- If you are a teacher or have kids at primary school why not try the Tassievore schools challenge – brought to you by our Tassievore partners (listed below) and MoveWellEatWell. If you share your stories with us your school can go in the running for a celebrity visit, a Tassievore cooking class and, for MoveWellEatWell schools only, a CD from the fabulous Vegetable plot (rumours are that once you hear these tunes you’ll be singing about vegetables for weeks!). For all the details about the schools challenge click here. And the hashtag? #tassievorekids of course!
- Finally we would love to hear from you if you have some time and energy to help us promote the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge within your local community and networks, for example: Taking posters around, recruiting your friends and colleagues and/or encouraging local eateries to highlight Tassie produce or even getting involved in the organising committee.
Our 2015 Challenge has attracted a few new fabulous team members and supporting organisations. We are thrilled to have Leah Galvin from the Heart Foundation, Nenita Orsino from Eat Well Tasmania, Julie Dunbabbin from the Tasmanian School Canteen Association, and Lisa West from Stanton B & B all on board this year! And we are so grateful that Penelope Dodd of Produce to the People, Kym Blechynden of Urban Farming Tasmania, Sandy Murray from the University of Tasmania, Lissa Villeneuve of Sustainable Living Tasmania, Serena King, Pen Clark and Caitlin Saunders are all still committed Tassievores for 2015.
We would also like to say a huge thankyou to our friends from Move Well Eat Well and the rest of the Eat Well Tasmania Kids Coalition (i.e. Family Food Patch and Breastfeeding Coalition Tasmania) for partnering with us on the schools challenge. We are so excited to see what stories those budding primary-school Tassievores have to share with us.
Last but not least here is: Your invite to the Tassievore Launch at SLTs Pears and Flares Picnic in Hobart (RSVP by Feb 23rd – see invite for details)
Stay tuned for our next post which will be at the start of the challenge and send lots of happy thoughts and vibes to our gorgeous support organisations:
Eat Well Tasmania (EWT)
and supporting the Tassievore schools challenge as part of the Eat Well Tasmania Kids Coaltion (alongside TSCA and EWT):