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Events Director of Plate Up Ballarat, Entrepreneur, Innovator, Leader. Whenever anyone thinks “Food, Wine and craft beer” in Ballarat and the surrounding region, they think “Kate Davis”. Having worked in the events industry for over 10 years focusing on beer, wine and food, Kate is fulfilling her desire to link local producers with chefs, café and restaurant owners. Kate collaborates with Ballarat and the regions thriving and diverse hospitality industry to create and deliver new and exciting food experiences, and genuine B2B relationships. Kate’s mantra is that “great food starts with great produce.” In 2017 Kate announced her intentions to create Plate up Ballarat, an innovative month-long food festival designed to position Ballarat as the culinary capital of Western and regional Victoria. It is an inclusive, supportive, collaborative, artisan showcase claiming ownership to the month of May in the food scene citywide. The calendar puts the spotlight on quality local producers, restaurateurs, chefs, wine makers and brewers. Events are held in existing premises each day from 1 to 31 May. During the festival in 2018, it became apparent that there was a need and a demand to create a platform that connected chefs, café/restaurant owners and consumers to our region and its backbone, the producers. Kate is passionate about the Ballarat and surrounding regions. She has embraced the opportunity to develop her business Eat Drink West, focusing on connecting and collaborating with local producers across Western Victoria, Ballarat’s restaurants and cafes, and the all important consumers. Eat Drink West meets a long awaited need to bring all these elements together.

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