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2019 Sample Food Festival re-cap

Perfect spring weather for a full day sampling all the food, produce, markets, demos and entertainment at the annual Sample Food Festival at Bangalow Showgrounds early September.

Attendees were spoilt for choice, with top restaurants offering $5 and $10 tasting plates. The 2019 Golden Fork awards went to Koobideh who took out the best $5 tasting plate for their Persian Meatballs and to Federal Doma Cafe who were awarded best $10 tasting plate for their Wood fire grilled lamb spareribs.

"The biggest thank you to everyone who made the 2019 Sample Food Festival such a wonderful day, our chefs creativity and skill, our passionate producers and stallholders, our phenomenal restaurants, our eager and curious guests, our talented artists, our knowledge sharing workshop facilitators, our talented & tireless entertainers, our friendly and diverse visitors, our kind and patient neighbours, our exceptional designers, our hardworking and supportive suppliers, our tireless team, our generous family and our beautiful friends. Thank you for spending your Saturday with us."

Rose Taylor, Sample Food Events

Next year Sample Food Festival is on Saturday September 5th, 2020.

Sample Food Festival 2019 restaurant line-up

Today we reveal the list of restaurants ready to tantalise your tastebuds at the Ninth Annual Sample Food Festival on Saturday 7th September at the Bangalow Showground. 

The 2019 line-up of restaurants include a hand-picked selection of 27 of our region's best, varying from award-winning and fine-dining establishments who focus on seasonal produce and menus inspired by the Northern Rivers, to inventive restaurants, chefs and caterers influenced by global flavours. 

There will also be a great selection of restaurants offering vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. This year we will also have a dedicated vegan market, full of plant-based delights!

With 27 of our region's best restaurants, chefs and caterers attending the festival this year, who will win the best $10 and $5 tasting plate?! 

  • Harvest Newrybar
  • Raes on Wategos
  • La Casita
  • Bang Bang Byron Bay
  • Shelter
  • Barrio
  • Scratch Patisserie
  • Macadamia Castle
  • Quattro / Olive & Luca Catering
  • Eltham Valley Pantry & Barefoot Farm Byron
  • Safya Byron Bay
  • Ilias The Greek
  • Paella Time
  • Shoza Gyoza
  • Butcher Baker
  • No Bones
  • Yulli's Byron Bay
  • Dirty Little Herbivore
  • Koobideh
  • The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co.
  • Luscious Foods
  • Salumi
  • Nimbin Valley Cheese
  • A Chef’s Pocket
  • The Northern
  • Fish Mongers
  • Federal Doma Cafe and Bellingen Qudo Cafe & Sake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Sample Food Festival 
Saturday, September 7, 8 AM – 4 PM
Bangalow Showgrounds, $5 entry

OVER 20 INDEPENDENT AUSTRALIAN BREWERIES COME TOGETHER IN BURLEIGH TO RAISE THE INDUSTRY BAR

Stone & Wood, Balter, Black Hops and Burleigh Brewing will be joined by 19 independent Australian breweries and distillers for the Backyard Invitational Gold Coast on Saturday 17 August, an all-inclusive beer festival and charity fundraiser open to the community. 

Held at the Surfstitch Warehouse in Burleigh Waters, Stone & Wood’s Backyard Invitational Gold Coast invites over 20 independent breweries, two distilleries and a local kombucha to share their products and connect with drinkers, with intimate tasting stands, industry talks and masterclasses. 

Alongside the breweries, including local farmhouse brewers Currumbin Valley Brewing, Kaiju! Beer from Victoria and Capital Brewing Co. from Canberra, there’ll be food trucks and live music throughout the day.  

Spread across two sessions (12–3.30pm; 4.30–8pm), tickets to the Backyard Invitational Gold Coast include entry to the festival, all beer, access to talks and masterclasses, a take-home beer cup and a $5 food truck voucher.

Profits from the Backyard Invitational will be directed to a Gold Coast charity via Stone & Wood’s national not-for-profit, the inGrained Foundation. 

The inaugural Backyard Invitational held at Stone & Wood’s Brisbane brewery site, opening later this year, helped raise $3,800 for Brisbane community radio station 4ZZZ last November.

Tickets for the Backyard Invitational Gold Coast are $60 each plus booking fee, available from Thursday 11 July for purchase at www.stoneandwood.com.au.  

THREE WORLD-CLASS CHEFS ANNOUNCED FOR SAMPLE FOOD FESTIVAL 2019!

Sample a taste of Northern New South Wales with the Sample Food Festival, the premier food event for Northern NSW. It takes place on the 1st Saturday in September at the Bangalow Showgrounds, in the Byron Bay hinterland. The 9th Annual Sample Food Festival will be held on Saturday 7th September 2019.

Since the debut festival in 2011, farmers, producers, chefs and a whole range of creative individuals from all corners of the region, have come together to share their wares, their passion and their knowledge.

Each year foodies from far and wide have the opportunity to “sample” the best food and beverage, Northern New South Wales has to offer. The region’s top restaurants compete for the coveted “Gold Fork” awards and collaborate on a special luncheon.

Food lovers rejoice! Sample Food Festival is thrilled to announce that some of Australia’s best chefs will be at the ninth annual Sample Food Festival to be held at the Bangalow Showgrounds on Saturday 7th September 2019!

It is an absolute honour to be welcoming celebrity chef Matt Moran, an Australian food icon and a pioneer of the ‘paddock to plate’ philosophy, to this year’s Sample Food Festival. 

This year’s guest chef is Federico Zanellato of LuMi Dining Sydney, who was nominated Citi Chef of The Year 2017 by SMH Good Food Guide. Federico will be wowing Sample lunch patrons with his signature style of modern Italian with a Japanese twist and will also be a guest chef at the Sample Food Festival. 

We are also very pleased to announce that festival favourite Luca Ciano will be back at this year’s event. With less than three months to go, this year’s festival is already shaping up to be one of our best yet...

Tickets for the Sample lunch along with other ticketed events and workshops will be going on sale soon! 
 

Mothers day Byron style 2019

Have some fun celebrating Mother’s Day (Sunday, 12 May 2019) Byron style. Relax at the spa, eat well &/or catch a movie...

GREASE — Mother’s Day Special Film Event at the Brunswick Picture House

Let’s get dancing in the aisles for our MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL FILM EVENT. It’s going to be all hairstyles, hormones and heartache, ’cause GREASE IS THE WORD.

In true Brunswick Picture House style, this special film event will be so much more than just the movie. Dust off, dress up and give mum the time of her life as we hit the floor with footloose frenzy.

Balcony Bar & Oyster Co. Mother’s Day gift

Bring mum in for a meal at Balcony Bar & Oyster Co. this Mother’s Day and she will receive a take home gift from us. We’ve got you sorted this year. You’ll be sure to go down as the favorite child if you book a table at Balcony. Whether you’re getting together for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, all mums will be spoiled by our friendly staff.

Byron at Byron long lunch this Mother's Day

Join us for a long celebratory lunch this Mother's Day, Sunday 12th May. Listen to the ever popular Sebastian, while enjoying a complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival, followed by a 3 course set menu. All the makings of a relaxed and joyful Mothers Day. 

Buddha Gardens Day Spa

A sanctuary of flowing waters and peaceful ambience and is devoted to health, beauty and relaxation. 

Make Mother's Day a day to remember.

Gift Voucher. 3 HOURS OF HEAVENLY BLISS!  ONLY $199  (VALUE $315)
Essential focus facial, 30 mins Swedish massage, 30 min mini mani or pedicure, fuit platter & glass of champagne + a Mayde Tea gift, and 1 hr garden area heated plunge pool sauna.

2019 Harvest Festival

The 2019 Northern Rivers Food Harvest Festival is all about connecting people with real food on real farms. The Festival provides locals and visitors with an opportunity to sample fresh and beautifully prepared food by renowned local chefs, hear how it is grown and pay homage to our much loved local food producers!

In 2019 we’re excited to be expanding the Northern Rivers Food Harvest Festival to a 12 day celebration – with an Opening Event at the soon-to-be opened Husk Distillers at North Tumbulgum, our inaugural Harvest Autumn Fair at the North Byron Parklands and the return of our Harvest Trail.

Between these key events, Northern Rivers Food members will be showcasing a series of local food tours, dinners and food experiences, from paddock to plate and seed to flower!

Highlights of the 2019 Harvest Festival include:

  • Opening Event – Husk Farm Distillery At North Tumbulgum – Wednesday 24 April 2019
  • Farms & Foodies Bus Tour – Friday 26 April 2019
  • Northern Rivers Food Harvest Autumn Fair – North Byron Parklands – Saturday 27 April 2019
  • Breweries & Distilleries Bus Tour – Sunday 28 April 2019
  • Fundamentals Of Cheese-Making With Kat Harvey – Tuesday 30 April 2019
  • Barrio’s Slinging Plates Dinner – Tuesday 30 April 2019
  • Nelly Le Comte Food Photography And Social Media Workshop – Thursday 2 May 2019
  • The Spotted Pig’s Year Of The Pig Dinner – Friday 3 May 2019
  • Brookfarm Long Table Orchard Breakfast – Saturday 4 May 2019
  • Bhavana Organic Farm + Cooking School’s Cooking Class – Saturday 4 May 2019
  • Taverna Harvest Luncheon – Saturday 4 May 2019
  • Open Table Cooking School’s Moroccan Banquet Cooking Class – Sunday 5 May 2019
  • Bombay Cricketer’s Club Harvest Luncheon – Sunday 5 May 2019
  • Harvest Market Day At Mavis’s Kitchen & Cabins – Sunday 5 May 2019
  • Northern Rivers Food Harvest Trail – Across The Northern Rivers – Saturday 4 And Sunday 5 May 2019

 

The Harvest Festival is operated by Northern Rivers Food, a not for profit, industry body run by the people who are putting their heart and soul into marketing and developing food businesses from Grafton to Tweed. The Harvest Festival is the key fundraiser of Northern Rivers Food each year, all proceeds are directed back into NRF to be used to help promote and market the Northern Rivers food industry.

Further information and tickets avaiable at www.northernriversfood.org.

5 best bakeries in Byron Bay and surrounding towns

From almond croissants and sausage rolls to a good loaf of crusty sourdough, everybody has a favourite bakery treat.

The Byron Shire is home to a whole host of incredible bakeries serving up classic Australian baked goods right the way through to French pastries. So, we asked our Facebook fans to vote for their favourite in the region as part of our ongoing Best of Byron series, and the results are in.

Here are the five best bakeries in Byron Bay and surrounding towns (in alphabetical order).

Bruns Bakery

Situated in Brunswick Heads, a small holiday village about 15 minutes north of Byron Bay, Bruns Bakery is a much-loved local favourite. Serving up a range of cakes, pies, pastries, and sandwiches – as well as excellent coffee – Bruns Bakery combines old-world charm (the building has housed a bakery since 1950!) with seriously delicious baked goods crafted daily on-site. You can even watch the magic happen by peering into the theatre kitchen.

Byron Bay Hot Bread Kitchen

A family owned and operated business since 1982, Byron Bay Hot Bread Kitchen is a true staple. Offering a whole range of classic bakery treats – think scones, old-school slices, and traditional pies – the team behind Hot Bread Kitchen continue to use their own, tried-and-true, original recipes.

L'ultime Patisserie & Chocolaterie

If you’ve ever been to Byron Bay, chances are you’ve walked past the L'ultime Patisserie & Chocolaterie window display, stopping to stare at the colourful, too-pretty-to-eat collection of traditional pastries and cakes. With a delicious range of fruit flans, lemon tarts, strawberry mousse cakes, almond croissants, and more, L'ultime is a slice of France in the heart of Byron Bay.

Scratch Patisserie

In Mullumbimby, a short, scenic 25-minute drive from Byron Bay, you’ll find Scratch Patisserie. Established in 2010, Scratch began by selling specialty cakes, tarts, and fresh pastries at the Byron Bay and Mullumbimby Farmers Markets. Now with a shopfront of their own and a team of traditional bakers and pastry chefs, Scratch continues creating delectable bakery treats all made from scratch.

Suffolk Bakery

The perfect place to grab your morning coffee and a tasty breakfast treat, Suffolk Bakery is a locally owned and operated business serving up fresh, made-on-site baked goods loved by locals and visitors alike. With a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of dog-friendly outdoor seating, this gem of a bakery truly has it all. Pop in on a Saturday and enjoy live music performed by local talents.

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Byron Bay Craft Beer Festival 4 May 2019

Grab your ticket to the 2019 Byron Bay Beer Festival, where you can sample a line-up of 20 plus of the finest breweries, showcasing 80 plus craft beers, ciders and thirst-quenchers. And don’t forget the local food trucks that will be serving up the goods along with kids entertainers and live entertainment from local talent.

Hot on the heels of the success of the 2018 festival, they have once more teamed up with the incredible team at The Sun Bistro to bring their beer-friendly and family-friendly festival to Byron Bay!

This year they have more space to play with - which means more breweries, food trucks and entertainment to create an even better festival for 2019!

They are also partnering with ticketing platform Humanitix and the charity Ozharvest to ensure that their festival can make a positive difference in the community. To help achieve this, Humanitix will be donating 100 percent of the profits from their booking fees to help the charity partners at Ozharvest.

So, grab your ticket and join them to celebrate the wonderful world of craft beer!

Saturday 4 May, 11am - 5pm at The Sun Bistro 

For more information and tickets: www.byronbeerfestival.com.au

5 best restaurants for a romantic dinner in Byron Bay

Celebrate an occasion or kick back and relax with your special someone. Byron Bay is home to countless restaurants and eateries, but which are best for a romantic dinner?

We asked our Facebook fans to share where they wine and dine their loved one in the Byron region, and the results are in.

Here are the top five restaurants for a romantic dinner in Byron Bay (in alphabetical order).

The Balcony Bar and Oyster Co.

Perched above the bustling streets of Byron Bay, The Balcony Bar and Oyster Co. is a must-visit on any trip to the area. Committed to serving simple, honest food and drink, The Balcony is a perfect place to unwind or celebrate.

Cosy couches, tables for two, and tasty shared treats – not to mention their extensive cocktail menu – make The Balcony one of the best spots for a romantic meal.

Beach Byron Bay

What’s more romantic than panoramic beach views? Beach Byron Bay offers spectacular al fresco dining with a near unbeatable beachside backdrop. Forget eye contact – gaze out on Byron’s Julian Rocks, Clarkes Beach, and The Pass.

The fine-dining menu reflects the coastal landscape. Ingredients are sourced locally where possible. Ideal for breakfast, long lunches, or dinner under the stars, Beach Byron Bay is perfect for a special occasion.

Fig Tree Restaurant

Situated just off the beaten track, about an 11-minute drive from Byron’s township, is the striking Fig Tree Restaurant.

Long famed for its expert use of seasonal local produce – much of which is sourced from the restaurant’s garden – this unique eatery is located in an original farmhouse framed by an old fig tree.

Jonsons Restaurant Bar

Quality, farmers market-sourced ingredients is what allows the chefs at Jonsons Restaurant Bar to produce a delightful array of Italian-inspired dishes and one-of-a-kind drinks.

Choose from one of many charming spaces throughout the restaurant: the side street, plush indoor hub, cosy deck, garden, and bar window.

St. Elmo Dining Room & Bar

St. Elmo Dining Room & Bar serves up contemporary Spanish tapas dishes perfect to share with that special someone. The innovative, ever-changing menu is inspired by the region’s fresh and flavoursome produce.

Plus, with more than 100, carefully curated bottles of wine, St. Elmo offers one of the finest culinary experiences in their relaxed yet intimate dining room.  

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Stone & Wood opens new Byron Bay brewery to summer crowds

Since opening in mid-December, Stone & Wood’s brewery has served over 12,000 beer paddles to thirsty Northern Rivers locals and Byron Bay visitors alike.

Visitors can now enjoy beer tastings, brewery tours and a bite to eat at the brewery’s recently opened, new brewery in the Arts & Industrial estate. 

After 12 months of construction, the local independent brewery has opened its brewery doors to welcome patrons to the 1,160-metre-squared brewery complete with 31 brewing tanks, a canteen, tasting room and plenty of space to hang out, catch up and enjoy a tasting paddle. 

Tasting room manager Cale Watts said the new space is for people to experience Stone & Wood’s spiritual home. 

“The purpose-built brewery brings everything back under one roof – the brewery, tasting room and office space for our team”, Mr Watts said. “We want people to feel like they can drop in, slow down and relax over a beer, and be a part of it all. Whether it’s for a tour, a tasting or a bite to eat, it is an inclusive, family friendly space dedicated to beer education.”

Besides hopping on one of the three daily tours, visitors can taste Stone & Wood’s core range of ‘year-round’ beers, a rotating range of experimental Pilot Batch beers and limited one-off beers from Stone & Wood’s Counter Culture range, launching mid-March. 

Over the past five years, Stone & Wood has raised over $750,000 through its Community Program. With a dollar from each paddle now additionally going to their not-for-profit inGrained Foundation, they’re excited by the potential of what these funds can do for their community. 

The new brewery’s opening lined up with Stone & Wood’s 10-year anniversary, for which they launched their flagship beer, Pacific Ale, in cans for the first time. Additionally, once the office spaces are complete in March, the building will bring together employees from all different departments – from brewing and tours, to finance and marketing – under the one roof.  

The Stone & Wood Tasting Room team welcome locals and visitors to the Byron Bay brewery at 100 Centennial Circuit between 10.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday, and 12.00pm to 6.00pm Saturday and Sunday. 

For more information or to book a brewery tour, visit www.stoneandwood.com.au
 

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