Antique Fair gala opening is icing on the cake for hospitality students

COOKING WITH GAS: Canobolas Rural Technology High School hospitality students Shinniah Wright, Angela Nicholson, Jessica Roebuck, Jayden Smyth, teacher Tammy Howarth, Zonta Club member Sarah Taylor, Caleb Jones, Bec Nalder, Kira Muller and Emily Cole are preparing for a busy night at the Orange Antique Fair’s open ing gala tonight. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0611sgzonta1

COOKING WITH GAS: Canobolas Rural Technology High School hospitality students Shinniah Wright, Angela Nicholson, Jessica Roebuck, Jayden Smyth, teacher Tammy Howarth, Zonta Club member Sarah Taylor, Caleb Jones, Bec Nalder, Kira Muller and Emily Cole are preparing for a busy night at the Orange Antique Fair’s open ing gala tonight. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0611sgzonta1

FIFTY-five Canobolas Rural Technology High School Students will cater for 250 people at the Orange Antique Fair’s opening gala on Friday night.

Two teams of Vocational Education and Training hospitality students will be in charge of both front and back of house operations, waiting on and serving guests, as well as preparing and cooking all the food.

The students have been preparing the menu for the function for the past two weeks, and teacher Tammy Howarth said they would essentially run their own show on Friday.

“They get real life experience for a real function,” she said.

“I hope they learn independence, confidence, teamwork, communication, food preparation and presentation.”

Canobolas students cater for the gala every year and Ms Howarth says the event is one of the 12 service periods students have to participate in to receive their Certificate II in Food and Beverage or Kitchen Operations. 

The Zonta Club of Orange has organised the fair for the past 31 years, and member Sally Taylor said she was very impressed by the way the students presented themselves.

“You have no idea they are students, especially when they’re dressed up in their uniforms,” she said.

“It’s important to us that our guests and stallholders are well-looked after and well-fed. We’ve got a lot at stake.”

The gala begins at 6.30pm on Friday at the Orange Function Centre.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20 each.

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