Tour 1: Beef - Yea and Kinglake - FULL/CLOSED
The tour will go to a beef stud in the picturesque town of Yea. The stud has Charolais and Simmental , as well as a prime lamb operation and show steers in a feedlot. The owners will showcase their cattle and sheep plus discuss the breeding objectives and performance. This will be followed by lunch at a local restaurant/winery and a wander through beautifully picturesque Kinglake National Park.
Tour 2: Beef / Sheep - Brooklyn - FULL/CLOSED
This tour will comprise visits to Australian headquarters of Scotts technology, a company which has developed automated cutting lines for beef and sheep carcasses. The tour will also visit JBS Brooklyn plant to observe the automated equipment in use on a commercial sheep processing floor. JBS will explain their very successful Southern beef program an integrated supply chain with a focus on assured quality for export markets. Lunch will be in a local restaurant and weather permitting, we will visit a nearby park.
Tour 3: Dry Ageing - CLOSED - PLEASE EMAIL YOUR INTEREST
This tour will be conducted at the William Angliss Institute (WAI), which is Australia’s largest specialist centre for foods, tourism, hospitality and events training located centrally in Melbourne’s CBD. The tour will focus on dry ageing of sheep and beef carcasses. We will start with an introduction and a demonstration of butchery methods for dry aged sheep carcasses. A tour of the WAI’s demonstration and test kitchens will occur followed by a culinary lunch, demonstrating key value adding and culinary innovation for optimising premium quality and flavour in dry aged meat. The meal will be paired with wines selected to match the food. The afternoon will comprise presentations and discussions of advancements in dry ageing in several countries.
Tour 4: Food Technology - Mornington Peninsula - FULL/CLOSED
The day will start with a stop in at the Woollumbi Farms for a tour of the farm. Woolumbi Farm was founded on the principals of ethical food and as such has a focus on rare breed Pork, Beef & Lamb. From there attendees travel to the Mornington Peninsula, for some lunch, winery visit and a tour of the iconic Arthurs Seat chair lift before returning to Melbourne.
Tour 5: Food Technology - Melbourne Uni - LIMITED AVAILABILITY
For those that are wanting to stay closer to home we will travel by tram to Pentridge Gaol, an historical Melbourne Gaol that has a unique history with an infamous Australian bush ranger Ned Kelly. From there we have a short tram ride for a tour of the brand-new University of Melbourne sensory science laboratory, participants will be able to view the tasting rooms, commercial kitchen and how the newly developed non-invasive biometric monitoring and assessment is conducted. We will have lunch at the uni and tour of the campus. After the tour we will return to the city via tram.
Tour 6: Pork / West - FULL/CLOSED
The tour will begin with a visit to the Diamond Valley Pork processing plant in Brooklyn. Then continuing west, participants will be able to see the beautiful Werribee Mansion, spend time wandering the grounds and be served lunch. The tour will then head to the Shadowfax winery before heading back to Melbourne.
Tour 7: Dookie / Sheep - LIMITED AVAILABILITY
Participants will board the bus early and travel to the Shepparton farming region of Victoria. From there we will head to the University of Melbourne’s Dookie campus, for a full farm tour of their crop, sheep and dairy production, including the robotic dairy system. Lunch will be served on campus before heading back to Melbourne.
Tour 8: Melbourne city walking tour
For those looking to stay closer to the conference and see some of what urban Melbourne has to offer. We will begin by leaving the Grand Hyatt and heading to the world-famous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for a tour of the grounds. From there we will walk through Birrarung Marr along the Yarra River viewing the indigenous artwork, and into Federation Square. The tour includes lunch at one of the great cafe's in Melbourne city.
Please note these outlines are a guide only and as tours are booked some elements may change. A waiting list has been started for you to nominate your preferred industry. There is no guarantee that more spaces will open up but we will endeavour to meet everyone's preferences.