Food ambassador's passion for Taste

JORDAN GERRANSAlbany Advertiser

WA Food Ambassador Don Hancey has been to every Taste Great Southern and says he has an affinity with the Southern region of the State.

Bunbury-raised Hancey opened his first restaurant in Augusta which involved regular trips to Albany, Denmark and Mt Barker to get fresh produce.

Fresh produce is his passion, using his role as a food ambassador by using only WA grown produce.

And that’s what he loves about the Great Southern — the abundance of fresh, locally grown food.

“The Great Southern, there are that many passionate producers down there that grow stunning asparagus and lots of great olive oil comes from the region,” Hancey said.

“Obviously the Albany oysters are great and unique, as well as the rock lobster.

“Because it’s a cooler climate compared to the rest of WA, it just produces its own unique flavours.”

As well as being a WA Food Ambassador, Hancey is in his second year as an ambassador for Liquor Barons.

“Everyone knows that by buying and shopping local, I mean food and beverage, that it just helps small regional communities,” he said.

“There’s some beautiful cool climate pino’s coming from the Great Southern and the reislings, they are just zesty and citrusy and perfect with seafood.”

When Hancey isn’t eating and drinking WA’s best food and wine, he is working on his charity YesCambodia.

Established in 2004, YesCambodia started initiating and developing strong links with Cambodian nationals and aid groups.

See Don Hancey at these Taste events:

The Old and The New, Lime 303, Albany, February 28, 7pm to 10.30pm, cost $110, bookings 9841 1400

Albany Oyster Festival, Eyre Park, Albany, Saturday, March 1, 2pm to 8pm, tickets $20 plus booking fee or $30 at the gate, includes access to Bushfood Festival, bookings www.greatsoutherntastewa.com.

Porongurup Wine Festival, Porongurup, Sunday, March 2, 11am to 5pm, tickets $20pp at the gate, children free

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