Kristen O’Brien

Founder Dine Darling Downs

Kristen founded Dine Darling Downs with the help of a dear friend nearly 10 years ago and whilst her professional background is in media & communications, Kristen’s real passion lies in food and agriculture.  Happiest around a table laden with home cooked food and the company of friends and family she continues to advocate for our regions hospitality and farming sectors.  Kristen relishes the role of championing Toowoomba and Darling Downs as one of the most sought-after foodie destinations in Australia.

Ally Martell

Food Tourism Writer

Writing about food, growing food, cooking, serving and eating food – it’s the best job in the world and also a fabulous lifestyle for Ally. The former magazine editor, restaurateur, marketer and small business owner is thrilled to be working with Dine Darling Downs to celebrate the region’s food producers and hospitality sector.  With around 30-something years of experience as a traveller, customer, guest and storyteller, Ally has developed a deep appreciation for issues that affect the industry.

Linda Lester

Content Writer Food

Linda loves nothing more than creating amazing food to showcase fresh, seasonal produce and other delicious ingredients direct from the Toowoomba Farmers Market. Linda is the market’s marketing manager, helping to connect the community with farmers, makers and bakers. An avid home cook, she focuses on devising or using recipes that have stunning flavour combinations and simple techniques that anyone can master.  

Riley O’Brien

Content Creator & Events

A creative with a keen eye for video and photography, Riley is most at home capturing images and video content around our beautiful region.  A talented musician you may also find him playing a gig at one of Toowoomba’s local pubs or bars