Cross-Pollinate is an event, first held in July 2013, which gathers together food producers and food businesses, researchers, government, not-for-profits and consumers to share food and food production stories and ideas.

The 2016 Cross Pollinate conference will be held in Hobart in the Coal River Valley on the 21st of August and at MONA on the 22nd of August. 

The conference topic will be ‘Connect & Grow' – over the course of two days, attendees will have the chance to learn, share and participate, with the purpose of identifying opportunities for connecting and growing the Tasmanian food community.

On Sunday, participants will attend a tour of the Coal River Valley; learning about market gardening, growing food over winter, soil health, viticulture, small business and more! Participants will get the opportunity to ask questions and share stories. Sprout ambassadors will be present to talk individually with participants on a  range of topics.

On Monday, participants will be able to discuss opportunities in education (agriculture, business, hospitality), interact through customer/producer facilitated discussions  on quality, harvesting, packaging, freight, participate in creative thinking conversations about food clusters, incubators and tourism and receive mentoring. The conference will finish with networking drinks and an artisan stall roaming dinner.  

The aim of the conference was to build Tasmanian food opportunities from the ground up.

Cross Pollinate is managed by Sprout Tasmania