Popular Channel 7 lifestyle program Better Homes and Gardens showcased the Parkes region last Friday, with presenter 'Fast' Ed Halmagyi visiting the Dish before cooking up a storm at the HARS aviation museum at the Parkes airport.
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Friday night's episode showcased some of NSW's spectacular towns and tourism businesses with the entire 90 minute program filmed on location around the state.
Ed looked like a kid in a candy store as he explained the historical significance of the planes and helicopters inside the hangar at the museum before showcasing some of the region's produce as he cooked BBQ lamb chops with lazy caponata.
Ed, the resident cook on Better Homes and Gardens, raved about the "incredible flavour and beautiful marbling" of the Parkes lamb and viewers could be forgiven for drooling at the sight of it.
Brayden from Loomzys Fish N Fix in Forbes then took Ed for a spot of fishing on the Lachlan river near Forbes, before handing over some delicious Golden Perch (yellow belly) for Ed to work his magic with.
The exclusive NSW episode was secured by the NSW Government through tourism and major events agency Destination NSW to support the recovery of the state's visitor economy.
NSW Nationals Upper House MP, Sam Farraway. said both Parkes and Forbes had many unique experiences on offer to visitors and welcomed the profile the national broadcast would generate.
"It's really exciting for regional communities to be featured on Better Homes & Gardens, beaming into loungerooms around the country where holidaymakers may be planning their next NSW escape," Mr Farraway said.
"This region really does have something for everyone, and it was great to see Fast Ed incorporating local food and produce into experiences that make us a must-visit region; hopefully after Friday Parkes will be famous for more than one Dish."
Stuart Ayres, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, said the broadcast was part of the NSW Government's COVID recovery plan and reinforced the value of tourism to the state.
"We know that tourism will be critical to the state's economic and social recovery, so the NSW Government will continue promoting COVID-safe travel throughout the state to domestic audiences," Mr Ayres said.
"Our Love NSW tourism recovery campaign has resonated well with intrastate visitors and with borders reopening we look forward to welcoming visitors from interstate soon too."
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