Meet the Makers

Nadia O’Connell will welcome visitors to Firescreek Botanical Winery Photo: Chasing Brightness

Four Central Coast businesses have come together to create Meet the Makers, an experience with a focus on showcasing local artisans on the Central Coast.

The trail starts at Broken Bay Pearls and includes The Chocolate and Nougat Factory in Gosford, Firescreek Botanical Winery at Holgate, and Little Creek Cheese in Wyong.

Executive Manager of Pearls Australia, Penny Arrow, said the company decided to collaborate with the other three makers to help share and display the local produce in the area.

She said the trail had been a collaboration for over a year and had only come to fruition in recent months.

“The basis of the trail is to have an immersive experience in one or all four of the participating businesses,” she said.

“People are invited to meet the makers behind the locally grown products that are handcrafted on the Central Coast.

“We aim to showcase great produce and their makers to the local community, and each business offers the opportunity to learn more, and sample the produce along the way.”

Owner of Firescreek Botanical Winery, Nadia O’Connell, said the trail was an important way for people to be involved within the community.

“After getting to know other local producers over the last year we decided to make a mark for the Central Coast to showcase all the amazing artisans who produce here,” O’Connell said.

“People are becoming interested in where their produce comes from, the artisan skills behind the creation of produce and having a more immersive understanding of the day in the life of a primary producer.”

Arrow said they had worked in conjunction with the Central Coast Council to welcome more local makers and creators to join the trail.

“We want to shine a light on the innovative producers from the hinterland to the coast who want to share their story,” she said.

Details and bookings are available at https://www.visitcentralcoast.com.au/meet-the-makers-trail

Hayley McMahon

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