Porchetta is set to make a comeback in 2019.
Gunnedah Jockey Club will host the cultural celebration of Italian food, beer, wine and music at the Riverside Racecourse with a $20,000 grant from the Back to the Track funding program.
“This funding is part of the new Back to the Track program, which supports regional racing clubs in engaging with their local communities,” Mr Anderson said.
“Porchetta will bring the community together over great food and drink while showcasing the Riverside Racecourse as a premier venue for local events.
“The Porchetta day said ‘ciao’ in 2016 so it’s fantastic to hear this funding will inject life back into this awesome festival.”
Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson said a further grant of $7,260 from the same program would assist Gunnedah Greyhound Club to hold a new TAB race event during AgQuip next year.
“The event will be western-themed with live music, mechanical bull riding, food trucks and entertainment for the kids,” he said.
“By holding a race meet during AgQuip, Gunnedah Greyhound Club will be able to attract a large crowd of regional and interstate tourists as well as locals.”
Minister for Racing Paul Toole said regional and country racing formed a key part of the social fabric in local communities.
“Through the Back to the Track program, the NSW Government is investing $400,000 in regional thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing so it can build on these key connections at a grassroots level,” Mr Toole said.
“We want country racing to thrive and attract people who may have never been before to help ensure a sustainable future for clubs across the three codes.”
The Back to the Track program has approved funding to 25 projects in regional NSW.
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