THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 75 BAIRNSDALE Fields days for everyone Local diversity East Gippsland’s green and beautiful landscape has a diversity of options for people wishing to grow, produce and sell food, so it’s not surprising to see many large and small independent growers taking advantage of the rich soils to supply wonderful products. Discover local produce that will tantalise the taste buds in East Gippsland with the East Gippsland Foodmap, an interactive online directory for local food producers and providers. FRESH FOOD MARKET One such local provider is David Lucke’s Fresh Food Markets, which has established itself as a local institution of the Gippsland area. Family owned and operated, Lucke’s offers customers top quality local meats, seafood, fruit and vegetables. It also boasts its own smokehouse producing tasty smoked ham, bacon, kabana, smoked chicken and more. Dare to try the notorious Carolina Reaper chili kabana, which has a cult following with serious chili lovers! The friendly butcher shop service offers the convenience of a supermarket, there is a well-stocked grocery section with staples like bread and milk, plus a tasty array of specialty and locally produced items. Take advantage of the large customer car park with easy parking for caravans, boats and recreational vehicles. Lucke’s also has disabled toilet facilities, outdoor seating and even a grassed area to walk the dog. An iconic event on the East Gippsland calendar and proudly presented by the Lindenow Lions Club since its inception in 1986, the East Gippsland Agricultural Field Days is not just a day for the local farmers. Held at the Bairnsdale Aerodrome, the 2019 East Gippsland Field Days will take place on Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, with hundreds of exhibitors pro- viding a great array of quality promotions. Between 8000 and 10,000 visitors are attracted to the event each year, most of them on the lookout for new products, services and information. But there is also plenty of fun and interest on offer for the whole family. Across the two days East Gippsland Field Days visitors can expect to encounter wood chops, working dogs, craft, tasty food stands, cooking demonstrations and competitions, agriculture machinery and haulage equipment, sheep sheering, cattle, goats, horses, pigs and alpacas, and plenty of action to keep the young ones amused. Mark the days on your calendar and head out to the Bairnsdale aerodrome on April 26 and 27, 2019, for what will surely be a great family day out. With hundreds of exhibitors and a wide variety of activities there’s something for everyone, not just farmers, at the East Gippsland Field Days in April.