Bega TAFE students get saucy

TAFE students went straight to the ‘sauce’ to learn about the food industry.
TAFE students went straight to the ‘sauce’ to learn about the food industry.

Students from TAFE Illawarra, Bega campus will try their hands as budding entrepreneurs as they sell their homemade sauces at the SCPA market in Bega’s Littleton Gardens on Friday, June 6.

The students are undertaking a short course called ‘Making a Buck from Beetroot’, which had a successful debut last year when students sold a selection of citrus-inspired products at the South Coast Field Days in September.

This year’s students decided to concentrate on tomato-based sauces and after testing several in the TAFE commercial kitchen settled on a rustic pasta sauce and a flavoursome Indian curry sauce. They sourced the tomatoes locally, cooked and bottled the sauces themselves, came up with a name – Bega Valley Saucery – and worked out a financial target for the project.

The aim of the ‘Making a Buck from Beetroot’ course is to cover all aspects of establishing a sustainable food business. The course provides the students with a Certificate I – Access to Work and Training. Market organiser SCPA South East Producers is a partner in the program.

Proceeds from the sales will be donated to Bega community centre, Ricky’s Place.

To inquire about enrolling in future courses, contact David Grainger, General Education Head Teacher, on 6492 9741. 


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