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Byron Bay New Years Eve 2020 for Foodies

Things will be COVID different on New Years Eve in Byron Bay this year. Falls Festival has been cancelled, the Byron Community Centre is NOT hosting their Soul Street - street party, there haven't been any announcements from the pubs, and we haven't had any official news from Byron Council.

If you are a foodie, you are in luck as there are a number of New Years Eve dinner events in and around Byron Bay. 

Beach Byron Bay

Welcome in the New Year with a beautiful beachfront dinner party at Beach Byron Bay. Come together with friends and family for a very special New Year’s Eve celebration to toast to the new year ahead! Enjoy Champagne and caviar on arrival and a delicious eight-course menu by Head Chef Simon Palmer.

$300 per person, bookings essential. Call - 02 6685 8445, email [email protected] or visit www.beachbyronbay.com.au.

Fishheads

Why not spend New Years Eve in Byron Bay with an exclusive beachfront table until 1am and enjoy an amazing multi course meal and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.

Tickets are $110, bookings essential. Call - 02 6685 6011, email [email protected] or visit www.restaurantbyronbay.com.au.

The Italian Byron Bay

NEW restaurant location at 108 Jonson Street. Serving delicious food, wine and cocktails in a relaxed fine-dining atmosphere in the heart of Byron Bay. This New years Eve enjoy a 5 course Degustation & Champagne on arrival.

$155 per person, bookings essential. Call - 02 5633 1216, email [email protected] or visit www.theitalianbyronbay.com.

Harvest Newrybar

This years’ NYE, Harvest will be hosting dinner with a focus on the best in Australian wine and produce. Guests will be greeted with a glass of bubbles on arrival, followed by an exquisite meal designed by chief of food David Moyle and head chef Santiago Socrate.

Pricing starts at $195 per person *Complimentary bubbles on arrival, for booking phone 02 6687 2644.

Loft Byron Bay

Loft's highly anticipated NYE ticketed event is now available to book! Celebrate the new year Byron-style at Loft. 4 course set menu + spritz cocktail on arrival. Two seating options: Sitting 1 - 4:30pm-7:30pm or Sitting 2 - 8:00pm-close, for bookings phone 02 6680 9183.

Three Blue Ducks

See 2020 off on a high with a delicious three course NYE dinner - Ducks style! From 6:30pm on the farm for free flowing bevvys, flavoursome food and cracking tunes. Tickets are limited and selling fast - please contact (02) 9389 0010 to secure your spot.

Support Your Local Food Businesses!

Northern Rivers Food (NRF) is a not for profit member based food group. It was established by people in the food industry from the “paddock to the plate” to support the food industry in the Northern Rivers. NRF aims to connect people in the local food industry by providing regular events, workshops & networking opportunities.

And, in these strange times have highlighted some of their Byron Bay based members.

Rainforest Foods

Rainforest Foods is a pioneer in the Australian native food industry. As well as our own farm, we work with farmers in the sub-tropical hinterland around Byron Bay to create small, sustainable orchards of native rainforest trees and shrubs from which we produce world-class jams, sauces and macadamia nut products. You can find us at our 5 x local Farmers’ Markets per week  and online at www.rainforestfoods.com.au

Brookfarm

Brookfarm’s online store at brookfarm.com.au offers Brookfarm’s full range of products, with FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $50. Or visit one of the many local independent retailers who stock Brookfarm and support local, wherever you can. From a community perspective, Brookfarm have been supporting several local foodbox initiatives, for local families who are doing tough through these times.

Stone & Wood, Byron Bay

Stone & Wood Brewery are producing all your favourite beers during COVID-19. Our tasting rooms are now open for take away bottles and cases. Our online store offers all our beers delivered fresh from the brewery direct to your door. Plus Treehouse Cider from Granite Belt Cider Co., a separate business that we set up in 2015. Use the code FREEDELIVERY at check out.

Salumi Australia, Billinudgel

World Class Salumi products now delivered to your door! The future is here!! Our full range of traditional, hand crafted Salumi products can be delivered to your house or business from the whole packaged selections or new sliced range, ready to go straight on the platter or into your favourite pasta and risotto. Check out out their new online store.

Bun Coffee, Byron Bay

Bun Coffee is still roasting and open from 7am-2pm for all your takeaway and at home coffee needs. Call 02 6680 9798 for ordering and pickup or  $5 flat delivery (Byron Shire only).  New #Stay At Home Blend – a smooth, lighter all day drinking coffee is also now available. Plus order online for coffee, tea, chai, drinking chocolate, brewing gear, hampers and gift cards! Free delivery for all online orders over $100.

Cape Byron Distillery

Tasting sessions are back at Cape Byron Distillery! In light of the recent lift to the NSW restrictions, we’re excited to welcome you back for small group tasting sessions. Each session includes a G&T on arrival, full guided tasting of the Brookie’s range, an inside look into the distilling process and sneak peek tasting of our new make spirit slowly maturing into whisky! Distillery tour bookings + hand sanitiser and gin, via our website www.capebyrondistillery.com.

The Bucha of Byron, Byron Bay

Get The Bucha of Byron delivered each week to your doorstep (no delivery charge)! Only $35 for a 12-pack of Original, Ginger, Lemon Myrtle or Tropical. Brewed in Byron Bay using locally sourced ingredients, The Bucha of Byron is a sparkling, raw, fermented kombucha, loaded with probiotics. Text us your order to 0416 078 530 or email [email protected].

Byron Bay Cookie Company, Byron Bay

The Byron Bay Cookie Company are continuing to fill orders and despatch cookies to our customers Australia wide. Whilst our gift shops are temporarily closed, our online store is fully operational. We’ve just added new Cookie Bundles to our online store, allowing cookie lovers to save up to 15% RRP by shopping our special cookie packs. We offer FREE domestic shipping for orders $75 or more.

Three Blue Ducks & The Bread Social, Byron Bay

The new Three Blue Ducks produce boxes featuring fresh fruit and veg, bread, booze and at-home essentials, now available for pick-up and delivery in Byron. Order your fresh produce online and tailor your box to suit – add epic house products, home-cooked meals from our handsome and talented chefs Mark, Daz and Andy, incredible sourdough from The Bread Social, wine, beer, eggs, flour, sanitiser... we’ve got it all. 

STONE & WOOD INTRODUCES ‘WELCOME BACK’ SESSIONS FOR 10 PEOPLE AT BYRON & BRISBANE BREWERIES

Independent brewery Stone & Wood is preparing to pour their first beers in months, as they begin welcoming patrons back into their Byron Bay and Brisbane breweries in response to the state governments’ relaxed restrictions on gatherings from this weekend (15 May 2020).

From Friday 15 May in Byron and Saturday 16 May in Brisbane, Stone & Wood is inviting up to 10 people at a time to their ‘Welcome Back’ sessions every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, where patrons pre-book their spots and preferred time slot online before heading to either brewery.

Pre-booked sessions are $40 per person and include a three-beer tasting paddle, a meal, a brief tour with the Stone & Wood crew and a voucher for the bottle shop. There are four 100-minute sessions per Friday, Saturday and Sunday at both breweries between 12pm and 8pm.

From Tuesday 12 May for either Byron or Brisbane, patrons can book a single spot or any number of spots up to 10 for their friends, or groups of 10 can book out an entire session and enjoy the brewery to themselves.

Stone & Wood’s specially trained crew will be keeping the breweries spotless and sanitised during and between the Welcome Back sessions. Any additional purchases will be card only, plus the crew will be practising physical distancing where possible.

Since closing their doors in response to COVID-19 in late March, both Stone & Wood’s Tasting Room in Byron Bay and its Brisbane brewery in Fortitude Valley have been operating as takeaway windows for local beer-lovers to purchase cartons, six-packs and 1L sharer bottles of beer.

But the federal government’s recent announcement of the first phase of the Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia was welcomed by the Stone & Wood, who are looking forward to hosting their respective communities in the breweries once again.

Bookings can be made at www.stoneandwood.com.au from Tuesday 12 March. In response to the government-mandated closures of pubs, clubs and venues around the country that came into effect late March, the independent Northern Rivers brewery has been part of the #KeepingLocalAlive campaign, a movement of independent breweries working to keep ‘indie’ Australian-owned beer alive during the last few months of restrictions.

Stone & Wood Virtual Brewery Tour

Join Tasting Room manager Jess Flynn – beer-in-hand – for a three-part virtual brewery tour that reflects the real-life Stone & Wood brewery tours hosted in their Byron Bay brewery, and enjoy learning about our history, beers, brewing, team and our approach to conscious business.

Part One, Welcome to Stone & Woods Tasting Room

In part one, Jess welcomes you to the Tasting Room and walks you through the drinking space, our team’s offices, the brewhouse, the brew deck and Stone & Woods Pilot Batch brewery.

Part two, The Ingredients

 

This part of the tour is fairly educational - you can soak up Jess’s knowledge, covering the German purity law – aka the Reinheitsgebot –, malting, water types and plenty of beer-science fun facts. 

Part Three, The Brewing Process

Atop the Tasting Room brew deck, which overlooks verdant wetlands and a rolling ridge covered in trees – nice office for our brewers, huh? – Jess shows us step by step how exactly Stone & Wood turn water, malt, hops and yeast into beer.

Be sure to visit Stone & Woods brewery and tasting room, you can learn more and book a tour at www.stoneandwood.com.au/brewery-tours/.

Top 5 Mexican restaurants in Byron

Celebrate taco Tuesday Byron style, or eat great Mexican food everyday in and around Byron Bay. Plus, enjoy cocktails and Mexican beer at the licensed restaurants. Here are the top 5 Mexican restaurants in Byron as voted for by our Facebook fans (listed in alphabtical order).

Chihuahua Taqueria

Brings food groups and flavours found throughout the streets and marketplaces of Mexico to Ol' Byron town. The menu includes all the good gear and more!

Chupacabra

Coastal Mexican taqueria in Byron Bay. CHUPACABRA brings the true taste of coastal Mexico through vibrant, light and wholesome dishes, harnessing the exceptional produce available (with support of a similar climate).

El Camino Cantina

NOW CLOSED - Kick-back post surf with a giant margarita in hand, sombrero on head and unlimited corn chips and salsa! El Camino Cantina offers an authentic Tex-Mex experience you’ll never forget!

La Casita Brunswick Heads

An authentic, regional style of Mexican cuisine in a casual, mostly outdoor setting. Fully licensed with a mix of cocktails, beers, wines and spirits - no BYO or takeaway option.

Miss Margarita Byron Bay

A friendly place which blends the energy and flavours of Mexico with the beachy vibe of Byron. Daily HAPPY HOUR from 5pm to 6pm. Limited reservations in winter, a ‘walk-in’ only restaurant the rest of the year. 

Best of Byron

Discover our Best of Byron series. Find out where to grab the best coffee, brunch, burgers, fish & chips, Mexicanbreakfasts, pizza, ice cream, cocktails, and romantic dinners – according to you.

(note - businesses listed in alphabetical order as voted for by our Facebook fans - no 'pay for placement'. However, we do link to, and hope you will best support, business that advertise with byronbay.com)

Valentine's Day 2020 Byron style

Enjoy a Valentine's Day meal Byron style and experience the great food and exceptional hospitality the region is known for... maybe even stay out overnight.

Seafood for Valentine's at Fishheads

Freshest seafood available, served in a relaxed contemporary environment by the beach, join Fishheads and indulge in a complementary glass of sparkling wine, as well as a rose and a chocolate for the ladies!

Bookings essential - 02 6680 7632

A week of love at El Camino Cantina!

Celebrate Valentine’s Week at El Camino Cantina from Monday 10th – Friday 14th February.
Come in with your better half, galentine or group of friends and enjoy the perfect share-style menu!

The Valentines Day package ($49pp) is available all week and includes:

- Wings to share
- 2 tacos of your choice each
- Sizzling steak and chicken fajita to share
- February rita of the month – The Sweet Heart each
- Churros and chocolate-dipped strawberries to share

Naturally in love at the Byron at Byron Crystalbrook

Cheers to you with French sparkling flair and an exquisite four-course degustation featuring produce sourced from the best in Byron Bay.  

Then, spoil yourselves with a night away from home in our rainforest-enclosed Suite where you'll find local chocolates (our favourites) and breakfast for two the morning after.

Packages from $635 and dinner seatings available from 6:00pm, Friday 14 February. Dinner only packages available from $95 per person. 

Eat, drink, love at the Balcony Bar & Oyster Co.

Enjoy some of Sean Connolly’s signature dishes, made with love. We’ve put together a menu to have you indulging with out any of the hassles, not just for couples, available to groups also. V’days not just for two’s right?

Enjoy a meal with a view with us here on our Balcony in the heart of Byron Bay with our 3 course set menu for $69.

Azure Bar and Grill is at Elements of Byron Resort & Spa

In addition to their brand new lunch and dinner menus - the Valentine's Day special is available lunch and dinner on Friday 14th February. Bookings essential - 02 6639 1550

Entrée
- Fig salad, cashew curd, focaccia croutons, balsamic, local greens (vegan)
- Oven roast scallops (3), XO sauce, soft herbs

Mains
- 550g grass-fed fillet of beef, butter roasted eschalot, mushroom jus (to be shared between 2)
- Roasted market fish, brown butter, vadouvan, lime
- Sweet miso eggplant, smoked ponzu, golden sesame, green onions, soft herbs (vegan)

Dessert
Rhubarb & blood plum, crumble, vanilla ice cream

 

The best fish and chips in Byron Bay

Fish and chips is a holiday classic best enjoyed beachside. Byron Bay is home to several dedicated fish and chips outlets, as well as restaurants and eateries that serve up their take on this fried favourite.

We asked our Facebook fans to vote for the best fish and chips in Byron Bay – now, the results are in. Here are the top five in alphabetical order.

Beach Byron Bay


Beach Byron Bay is a relaxed fine dining restaurant that showcases the best of the region. With a stunning beachfront location and breathtaking views over the Pacific Ocean, Beach serves up an in-season menu of old favourites and innovative creations. You can grab classic fish and chips from their kiosk’s takeaway menu or experience a gourmet take on the dish from their sit-down menu.

Beach Hotel


Located across the road from Main Beach, the Beach Hotel is truly iconic. For more than 25 years, this casual pub has welcomed locals and visitors to enjoy a drink or two in the beer garden, a fantastic meal, and live entertainment. Their menu offers all the pub classics, including fresh fish and chips.

Fishheads


Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Fishheads serves up some of the freshest seafood in town. Take a seat on their laid-back, beachfront deck or grab your fish and chips to-go and enjoy on the sand. Either way, you’re in for a real treat. Plus - during the month of December for every fish and chips sold at our restaurant and our takeaway, we will be donating $2 to The Liberation Larder and The Homeless Breakfast Hub (the two organisations in charge of Byron’s Community Centre’s breakfast).

Fishmongers


Fishmongers delivers so much more than your basic fried fish and chips. This gourmet eatery offers chunky homemade chips, delicious salt 'n' pepper calamari, and famous tempura vegetables. If you’re feeling adventurous, sample their barbecued baby octopus.

Hunky Dory


Hunky Dory is a Greek-inspired seafood restaurant with locations across the country. The family-owned business began with a vision to offer healthy, fresh seafood in a comfortable, casual setting. Incorporating unique, house-made marinades and sauces, their menu serves up a delectable selection of fried classics, grilled fish, nourishing salads, and more.

Best of Byron

Discover our Best of Byron series. Find out where to grab the best coffee, brunch, burgers, fish & chips, Mexicanbreakfasts, pizza, ice cream, cocktails, and romantic dinners – according to you.

(note - businesses listed in alphabetical order as voted for by our Facebook fans - no 'pay for placement'. However, we do link to, and hope you will best support, business that advertise with byronbay.com)

Stone & Wood beer fans invited to exclusive brewery-to-door Beer Club

Those seeking guaranteed access to Stone & Wood’s limited releases, exclusive merchandise and special offers have been invited to join the Stone & Wood Beer Club, a community of beer fans who’ll receive monthly members-only video content and specials and beer packages direct to their door every two months. 

Guaranteeing members early and exclusive access to seasonal and limited releases including Counter Culture and the annual Stone Beer, the Stone & Wood Beer Club will also ensure drinkers who have trouble accessing these beers can enjoy consistent and timely beer deliveries, often before the rest of the country. 

The bi-monthly packs will feature variations of Stone & Wood’s limited-release beers, members-only merch, Stone & Wood event ticket deals and other exclusive offers. 

Membership of $15 per month can be purchased on a rolling basis or as a six-month membership as the perfect beery gift for someone else. 

 

 

New members who sign up before Tuesday 10 December will also go into the running to win a Stone & Wood Brew Experience for themselves and a friend, plus will receive their club welcome pack before Christmas Day

For more information or to join the Stone & Wood Beer Club, visit www.stoneandwood.com.au/beer-club

UPDATED: Best coffee in Byron Bay

Looking for the best coffee in Byron Bay? 

We asked our Facebook fans to vote for their favourite cafes in Byron’s township, and the results are in. Check out our updated (1 October 2019 - International Coffee Day) list below (in alphabetical order).

Barefoot Roasters

If you take your coffee seriously, head to Barefoot Roasters. Barefoot Roasters specialise in artisan coffee roasting, offering a dynamic range of fresh coffee blends and single-origin coffee for both retail and wholesale customers.

Tucked away in a small laneway in central Byron is the Barefoot Brew Room, where you can sample the best Barefoot’s roasters have to offer.

Bayleaf

Bayleaf has been a favourite spot for coffee in Byron for years. With a bustling atmosphere and hip interior, it’s the perfect spot to escape the heat in summer or cosy up with friends in winter.

Passionate about serving locally sourced, seasonal produce, the team at Bayleaf offer an inventive, ever-changing lunch and breakfast menu alongside their top-notch coffee.

Dip

A popular spot for breakfast and lunch, Dip serves up some of the best coffees in town. Using local, organic coffee beans, the skilled baristas at Dip help locals and visitors alike take on the day – even if that means lying on the beach!

The outdoor seats are the ideal place to people-watch as you enjoy your cuppa – you’ll want to sit there for hours.

Espressohead

For more than 15 years, Espressohead has been a local favourite.

Situated across from the courthouse, this tried-and-true cafe and eatery serves up impeccable coffee alongside creative meals. Locally sourced ingredients are always used where possible.

Folk Byron Bay

Soak up the lush garden atmosphere with a fantastic cup of coffee in hand at Folk Byron Bay.

The passionate team behind Folk are committed to quality and community. They serve a delectable range of made-in-house treats, as well as a variety of vegetarian and plant-based meals.

Best of Byron

Discover our Best of Byron series. Find out where to grab the best coffee, brunch, burgers, fish & chips, Mexicanbreakfasts, pizza, ice cream, cocktails, and romantic dinners – according to you.

(note - businesses listed in alphabetical order as voted for by our Facebook fans - no 'pay for placement'. However, we do link to, and hope you will best support, business that advertise with byronbay.com)

Espresso Cocktail Festival at The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co

Espresso Festival is back and we are losing our beans with excitement! Come and get edgy at The Balcony, celebrating all things espresso for the first two weeks of October. 

The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co will be shaking $12 Espresso Martini’s all day everyday and have a specialty espresso inspired cocktail menu available for all those keen to Espresso Yo’self!

Do you prefer your coffee in a martini glass? Well then get down here and brew it up with us on our Balcony.

1 - 15 October
The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co
Cnr Jonson & Lawson Street Byron Bay

 

MORNING MOONSHINE
coffee infused bulleit bourbon, orange infused raw sugar syrup, cold brew coffee ice cube

IRISH AIRHEAD
jameson, demerara syrup, orange bitters, coffee, baileys foam

CAPTAIN MARSHMALLOW
marshmallow infused bam bam rum, butterscotch liqueur, coffee & cinnamon syrup

HONEYPOT FIZZ
vanilla infused vodka, carters coffee liqueur, honey syrup, cold brew coffee, honeycomb gelato

COCONUT CAPPUCCINO
coconut fat-washes vodka, licor 43, coconut sorbet, vanilla syrup, cold brew coffee, aquafaba

BLACK SWAN
grey goose vodka cold drip infused with rwandan single origin coffee, served as a martini with a lemon foam

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