Celebrating the “paddock to plate” concept has never been more heartfelt than what I saw last Sunday at Felton Food Festival.

For those who haven’t been, you can banish thoughts of a quaint main street lined with food stalls. There are marquees and food stalls for sure, but this festival happens in a paddock, one overlooking the surrounding patchwork farmlands of Felton Valley.

It’s a particularly poignant view when you consider the community here had to fight in recent years to keep mining companies out and continue their farming tradition.

The ensuing coming together of the community has cemented Felton’s proud history and shed fresh light on the food produced here. Which is the heart and soul of this festival. Well, it certainly won my heart, and a few thousand others. Organiser Sally McCreath estimated more than 10,000 visitors had attended – double last year’s figure.

Local farmers wore lanyards so interested people could find them in the crowd and have a chat. So pencil in next years event on your calendar – it’ll be in April, at a date to be confirmed; if you care about real food and things worth fighting for, it’s a journey worth making-See