16 Dec 2015
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Minister for Tourism
Visitors to the Purple Mango Café at Marrakai will soon to be able to enjoy craft beers and mango wines with their meals as part of the business’ plans to expand with the support of a Northern Territory Government tourism infrastructure grant.
Chief Minister and Tourism Minister Adam Giles said the Purple Mango Café opened in March this year providing wood-fired oven pizzas and café meals, and already had a rapidly growing customer base.
“The Marrakai/Corroboree region has grown in popularity with tourists in recent years and the nano-brewery and winery will complement existing tourism products such as crocodile, houseboat and river and billabong cruises, as well as cultural tours and birdwatching experiences,” he said.
“With the assistance of an $85,950 Tourism Infrastructure Development Fund grant, the Purple Mango Café will develop their property to include a dedicated building for production of craft beers and mango wines.
“The nano-brewery and winery equipment and processes will be visible to interested patrons from the front counter. Tapas style meals will be able to be purchased along with tastings of the products made on the premises.
“This will act as an adjunct to the quality food and wine at the café and improve the capacity of the business to cope with periods of peak demand with a new experience. Expanding the business in this way will also provide employment and training opportunities in the region.”
Co-owner Graham Bulford said the Purple Mango Café would be aiming to produce a small range of interesting beers and with a take away licence, patrons would be able to select one or more to enjoy at home or as gifts.
“As soon as you mention ‘brewery, everyone is interested and we have a list a mile long of ‘official tasters’,” he said. “A brewery, wood fired pizzas, camping on site. What else do you need?”
Co-owner Gay Potter said the Purple Mango Café would work with other operators in the region to provide a weekend of fun and events for the Marrakai Mango Festival in November 2016, with a special mango beer to be produced for the event.
“During the dry season, there were times we just could not seat any more patrons, so having the brewery will allow us to cater for more guests with an interesting experience along with tasty food in a delightful bush setting,” she said.
“It will also work well for functions and tour groups. We will be posting the progress of our brewery/winery on social media so like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram to know when to start planning your visit.”
Mr Giles said tourism was one of the Territory’s largest employers and the Country Liberals Government was working hard to help the industry grow after years of decline.
“The Country Liberals Government is committed to expanding the range of tourism experiences on offer in the Territory, particularly in our regional and remote areas, so we can create more jobs and drive economic development in these communities,” he said.
“The $4.75 million Tourism Infrastructure Development Fund is the largest Government tourism grant program in the Territory’s history. It is a significant boost for the NT tourism industry that will help attract more visitors here and encourage them to stay longer.
“It’s all part of the Country Liberals Government’s plans to drive the development of North Australia and build a $2.2 billion visitor economy by 2020.”
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