Briag in national spotlight

THE MasterChef phenomenon hit Briagolong recently when the production team filmed contestants cooking for the Briagolong Drought Feast Challenge.

It was the first time the program has been filmed outside the MasterChef kitchen, and producers tied it in with the themes of drought and regional hardship.

The contestants’ challenge was to create a feast for volunteers, truckies, farmers and their families affected by drought in and around Briagolong.

While filming was not an open event, farming families were invited to watch it filmed at the Briagolong Recreation Reserve through the Lions club as a day off the farm.

Some lucky ones got to meet judges Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston later in the hall kitchen.

Wellington Shire Council provided financial funding to ensure the Briagolong Recreation Reserve was ready for filming and restored for continued community use after the filming was complete.

The filming brought a welcome economic boost to Sale, with local produce used were possible, and the cast and crew of more than 100 accommodated for two, and in some cases three, nights in Sale.

The judges also stayed in Sale and enjoyed local hospitality.

Hay bales to sit on at the filming were bought from a local feed store and then donated to Lions to be distributed, while leftover food was donated to Uniting Gippsland and distributed to families.

The program also donated $5000 to Need for Feed, including a truck load of hay, dog food and hampers for families.

The program aired on Wednesday night. Those who missed out can watch it on