The chef, the butcher and the bowler-turned-ambassador: the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association’s formula for a crowd rush at its Agfest pavilion (501 Fifth Avenue) this week.

Bob Dewar, a.k.a. Bob the Butcher, will be at TFGA’s stand at Agfest to show people how to divide a carcass into its various cuts. With him will be Daniel Alps from Alps & Amici, who will take the cuts and prepare them for people to taste.

A celebrity visitor on Thursday and Friday will be Glenn McGrath, not only the most successful fast bowler in the history of Test cricket but also a farmer and an ambassador for the Australian Year of the Farmer.

There will be five sessions:

1. Thursday, May 3: 11.00 am-12.30 pm, 2.00 pm-3.30 pm;
2. Friday, May 4: 11.00 am-12.30 pm, 2.00 pm-3.30 pm;
3. Saturday, May 5: 10.00 am-11.30 am.

The TFGA is sharing its Agfest site with its business partner, the farm insurer WFI.

Also within the pavilion are:

• the Skills Institute, which offers specialist expertise in training for agriculture and forestry;
• the National Broadband Network;
• Meat and Livestock Australia;
• Sheep Connect;
• the National Harvest Labour Information Service, which aims to connect job seekers with growers, and
• P.A.S.S. (Proactive Agricultural Safety and Support), which promotes on-farm safety awareness and practices.
Jan Davis, TFGA chief executive