In the beginning...
Let us tell you a story of a region struggling to find its identity...
A beautiful place, a region that shares a name with a town west of Sydney and regularly people say, “Camden Haven? That near Picton?” The angst! How do we put ourselves on the map? It’s a well-guarded secret haven where a few people spend relaxing holidays, fishing, boating, camping – but who are we beyond a little holiday hamlet, a former fishing and timber town? Who are we now?
A small band of volunteers got together with the backing of the Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce to pull together an event to showcase the region and celebrate local, produce, products, talents and icons. Our vision was to develop an identity for the Camden Haven region stage an individual, sustainable and superior gourmet/lifestyle event, provide an experience and an opportunity to showcase A professional, safe, comfortable, wholesome, festive experience with “a dollop of indulgence and a dash of quirky”.
In 2008 just over 1,500 people supported buying and eating local, seeing what’s on offer on their doorstep. Not bad for a region of 10,000 people, we thought... in 2012, over 70 stallholders and 16,500 people tasted their “slice” of Haven.
We celebrated our 12th annual Slice of Haven Food & Wine Festival on Sunday 26 May 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic saw the event put on hold for two years. But we're back in 2022!!
Slice of Haven is proudly coordinated, staffed and operated by a committee of volunteers from the Camden Haven Business Community, supported by a paid coordinator in the weeks leading up to the event.
Want to join in the fun?
The Slice of Haven committee is formally appointed as a sub-committee of the Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce and is coordinated, manned and managed by a team of volunteers from the community.
Additional volunteers are recruited to help during the festival event and include local high school students, community groups, and local business owners – all volunteers are passionate about the area and the wonderful local produce on offer.
Contact us now if you would like to volunteer for the event.