MEET THE TEAM.

 
  Kate Davis -  FESTIVAL DIRECTOR  Having worked in the events industry for over 10 years focusing on beer, wine and food, Kate is ready to fulfil her desire to make Ballarat the culinary heart of Victoria with the launch Of “Plate Up Ballarat”. Providing event services, delivery & project management, Kate collaborates with Ballarat’s thriving and diverse hospitality industry to create and deliver new and exciting food experiences, based on her mantra that “great food starts with great produce”. Kate is passionate about the Ballarat and surrounding region. Kate has embraced the opportunity to develop Plate Up Ballarat focusing on connecting and collaborating with local producers across Western Victoria, Ballarat’s restaurants and cafes, and the all important consumers.   

Kate Davis - FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

Having worked in the events industry for over 10 years focusing on beer, wine and food, Kate is ready to fulfil her desire to make Ballarat the culinary heart of Victoria with the launch Of “Plate Up Ballarat”. Providing event services, delivery & project management, Kate collaborates with Ballarat’s thriving and diverse hospitality industry to create and deliver new and exciting food experiences, based on her mantra that “great food starts with great produce”.
Kate is passionate about the Ballarat and surrounding region. Kate has embraced the opportunity to develop Plate Up Ballarat focusing on connecting and collaborating with local producers across Western Victoria, Ballarat’s restaurants and cafes, and the all important consumers.

 

 
  Kesh Manton -  PR MANAGER  Kesh’s strong link to Plate Up Ballarat can be attributed to her family's catering business which saw her working from the age of 10 in food and beverage & special events. Her passion for food grew and, whilst she once considered becoming a chef, she decided against it as a career... Instead Kesh brings her PR & Event Promotion skills to the team, to showcase all that the festival has to offer. 

Kesh Manton - PR MANAGER

Kesh’s strong link to Plate Up Ballarat can be attributed to her family's catering business which saw her working from the age of 10 in food and beverage & special events. Her passion for food grew and, whilst she once considered becoming a chef, she decided against it as a career... Instead Kesh brings her PR & Event Promotion skills to the team, to showcase all that the festival has to offer. 

  Bonnie White -  EVENT MANAGER  When Bonnie isn't planning events, she's attending them! She also loves travelling, music and spending time with her friends & family. She is a hugely respected member of our dynamic team and has been tapping into her vast Management skills to organise the incredible events planned for the month of May. 

Bonnie White - EVENT MANAGER

When Bonnie isn't planning events, she's attending them! She also loves travelling, music and spending time with her friends & family. She is a hugely respected member of our dynamic team and has been tapping into her vast Management skills to organise the incredible events planned for the month of May. 

  Kate Pierce -  SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER  In 2012, Kate quit the corporate world (she's previously worked in the UK, China and India in project management) set up Antipodean Love an online curation of the best Australian and New Zealand-designed gifts. Through her experience running a dynamic online business Kate has developed a strong understanding of social media and clever, creative copy.  Kate has a love of Ballarat and supporting local “home grown” designers, producers and businesses.  

Kate Pierce - SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

In 2012, Kate quit the corporate world (she's previously worked in the UK, China and India in project management) set up Antipodean Love an online curation of the best Australian and New Zealand-designed gifts. Through her experience running a dynamic online business Kate has developed a strong understanding of social media and clever, creative copy.  Kate has a love of Ballarat and supporting local “home grown” designers, producers and businesses.  

 
  Olivia Costa -  PHOTOGRAPHER    
  
   
  
    
  
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    Liv is our resident photographer... With a previous life as a dental hygienist, she was already fundamentally aware of the link between our inner health & diet. Already a formidable cook, her immersion into the food world was kindled by her need to understand what she was feeding her family. Whether through social media projects or our own Plate Up Ballarat, photography has become her favoured medium for showing the best of our food to a wider audience.

Olivia Costa - PHOTOGRAPHER

Liv is our resident photographer... With a previous life as a dental hygienist, she was already fundamentally aware of the link between our inner health & diet. Already a formidable cook, her immersion into the food world was kindled by her need to understand what she was feeding her family. Whether through social media projects or our own Plate Up Ballarat, photography has become her favoured medium for showing the best of our food to a wider audience.

  Eliza Steele -  CREATIVE  Creative Director and owner of  That's My Jam Creative , Eliza has over 15 years experience working with local and International brands. Excited to showcase the local culinary talent, she has  worked on the creative for Plate Up Ballarat's events and website. Eliza is excited to taste the amazing vegetarian offerings available during the month of May! 

Eliza Steele - CREATIVE

Creative Director and owner of That's My Jam Creative, Eliza has over 15 years experience working with local and International brands. Excited to showcase the local culinary talent, she has  worked on the creative for Plate Up Ballarat's events and website. Eliza is excited to taste the amazing vegetarian offerings available during the month of May! 

  Mardi Featherson -  GRAPHIC DESIGNER/ARTIST     I love to watch the locals and go where they go, eat in the busiest cafes or restaurants and get the inside word on the best wine. It’s a thrill to think that by working with the brilliant Plate Up Ballarat team we can share those in-house secrets with locals and visitors. The depth of quality and variety that we have to offer is quite incredible.

Mardi Featherson - GRAPHIC DESIGNER/ARTIST

I love to watch the locals and go where they go, eat in the busiest cafes or restaurants and get the inside word on the best wine. It’s a thrill to think that by working with the brilliant Plate Up Ballarat team we can share those in-house secrets with locals and visitors. The depth of quality and variety that we have to offer is quite incredible.