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Craft beer brewers in the Byron Bay region

Independence, quality ingredients and community are key to the popularity of craft beer. In 2008, Stone & Wood launched the fist brewery in Byron Bay and now the region is home to a variety of craft beer brewers.

You can visit, taste and learn about the unique beers on offer from each of our local brewery's.

Earth Beer Company 

Nestled in the picturesque Northern New South Wales hinterland. Situated just west of the coastal town of Kingscliff, our independently owned brewery is set up in a re-purposed industrial packing shed on a working 25-acre avo farm.

592 Cudgen Rd, Cudgen. Visit www.earthbeercompany.com.au

Pickled Pig Brewery

A family owned local artisan brewery situated in Tweed Heads South with a small batch process. We pride ourselves on our ability to offer a variety of beer and cider styles with the highest level of quality which are all chemical and preservative free, using as organic as possible ingredients.

unit 1/2 18 Industry Drive, Tweed Heads South. Visit www.pickledpigbrewery.com.au

Seven Mile Brewing Co. 

A family owned and operated craft brewery based in Ballina, Northern NSW. We support local grain growers to produce our fresh beer daily, and all organic plant waste goes on to feed local beef and pork stock. Our mission is to create a sustainable and revered brewery for our local community to enjoy and celebrate.

188-202 Southern Cross Dr, Ballina. Visit www.sevenmilebrewing.com.au

Stone & Wood Brewing

Born and raised in Byron Bay, Stone & Wood is proudly local and independent, brewing approachable beer in the Northern Rivers. Inspired by the idea of the ‘village brewery’, we strive to operate as a conscious business and give back to our community.

100 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay. Visit www.stoneandwood.com.au

Wandana Brewing Co.

Our small batch brews are crafted here in the majestic Northern Rivers of NSW, Byron Bay's Hinterland. We use only the finest ingredients and our brews are uniquely fermented to the vibrations of music. For happier yeast and beers that sing the soul.

20 Manns Rd, Mullumbimby. Visit www.wandanabrewingco.com.au

NORTHERN RIVERS HARVEST FOOD TRAIL 1-2 May 2021

The Northern Rivers Food Harvest Food Trail, to be held on the weekend of May 1-2 2021, is guaranteed to be a very Northern Rivers experience, reflecting on and celebrating the distinctive provenance of our region’s food. The Trail will offer lots of wonderful eating and drinking experiences, jammed-packed with our most-acclaimed restaurants, producers, farmers and growers.

The Northern Rivers Food Harvest Festival has run each year since 2016. Due to COVID last year the festival was forced to cancel. This year Northern Rivers Food have announced an exciting evolution and have returned to deliver a highly-anticipated Harvest Food Trail self-drive event across the Northern Rivers on the weekend of May 1 – 2.

With 26 food and beverage participants, including two tours, an abundance of seasonal farm-gate produce, three course dining, grower talks, classes, distillery tours, tasting sessions, talks on regenerative farming and demonstrations from the region’s most celebrated chefs, the Northern Rivers Food Trail weekend is packed with both phenomenal food experiences and food for thought.

Highlights include:

  • agroecology tours at The Farm in Byron Bay;
  • a farm tour at Brookfarm's macadamia farm and discussion with Martin Brook, who is a passionate regenerative farmer;
  • classes, tours and tastings at Cape Byron Distillery, Husk Distillery and Lord Byron Distillery; 
  • Sunday long lunch at Harvest Newrybar;
  • a Meet the Maker and Pork and Pinot event at Byron at Byron featuring Bangalow Sweet Pork;
  • Bay Grocer and Beach Byron Bay will have stalls and samples from their favourite local producers;
  • roastery tours at Zentvelds Coffee Plantation Newrybar and Bun Coffee in Byron Bay
  • indigenous cooking demonstrations at Karkalla in Byron Bay
  • farms across the region, not normally open to the general public, will be opening their farm gate doors with special tours, including: Forage at Myocum; cane farms in Tumbulgum and Mooball; Duck Creek Macadamias at Newrybar; Australian native produce farm Wattle Tree Creek at Numulgi and pecan farm Barefoot Farm at Eltham.
  • Stone and Wood Brewery will be open with locally-produced specials, as will be Hotel Illawong at Evans Head, Santos Organics in Byron Bay and Billinudgel’s favourite Doña Cholita with a Mexican BBQ and tortilla making demonstrations. 
  • there will be a tractor tour at Tropical Fruit World and 
  • music, groovy DJ tunes and picnicking at Rock Chic Eggs, Keith Hall, Ballina
  • For those without a car or less keen to travel there are two tours. Playing with Fire Native Foods and Explore Byron Bay have joined forces to offer indigenous tours in the Bangalow Parklands. Delta Kay will take guests along the stunning Byron Creek to discover bush tucker plants, as well as plants used for natural medicine, jewellery, fibre, tools and weapons. There are opportunities to learn some Bundjalung language and may be lucky enough to see Binging the river turtle or Junbung the platypus.

 

Table Under a Tree will also host a small group tour along the Trail, where you’ll be offered special insights into seasonal, local produce, and the people behind it.

“Part of enjoying the food, is knowing the story…understanding where your food was grown, the regenerative methods the farmer used to produce your food, the families behind the brands and their unique stories. Our Harvest Food Trail offers a self-drive experience like no other where you will develop unique insights into how your food and beverages are produced.

Jump in your car and enjoy the whole farm-to-plate experience. Choose from a food discovery trail of over twenty leading food producers, farms, restaurants, distilleries, breweries and food outlets across the region. Enjoy a leisurely drive at your own pace, choosing your own itineraries over the weekend,” said Anne Briggs, Executive Officer of Northern Rivers Food.

"Our Harvest Food Trail will offer a diverse range of innovative eating and drinking experiences. It will be an entertaining, educational and nourishing weekend for locals and visitors alike."

Northern Rivers Food is a not for profit, member-based food and beverage group, whose main purpose is to connect the local food community in the region. From paddock to plate they help develop their members’ businesses and celebrate the distinctive provenance of the region’s food.

The Harvest Food Trail is the Northern Rivers Food’s only consumer event and is run as a cost-neutral exercise to help promote and market the Northern Rivers NSW region as a unique and exceptional regional food destination.  

Full detail and trail map available at www.northernriversfood.org/harvest-food-trail/.

The five best vegan restaurants in Byron Bay

Whether for taste, health, environmental or ethical reasons - a plant based cuisine is becoming more popular. While most restaurants offer vegetarian options, there are a growing number of vegan restaurants in Byron Bay.

We surveyed our Facebook fans on their favourites and here are the results... The five most popular vegan restaurants in Byron Bay (listed in alphabetical order).

Elixiba

Good health and good times come together - from exquisite house-made meals to drinks infused with a variety of rare and wonderful active botanicals, come experience all Elixiba has to offer!

Elixiba Byron Bay - Shop 10, Feros Arcade, 23 Jonson St, Byron Bay. For reservation, phone (02) 6685 6845.

Manna Haven 

Exceedingly healthy, exceptionally delicious. Manna Haven takes pride in serving you with healthy and delicious vegetarian food made from fresh and local produce. Most items on their menu are vegan, with a large range of gluten-free options available.

Manna Haven Cafe Restaurant - 97 Jonson Street, Byron Bay. For reservation, phone (02) 6685 6926.

No Bones

No Bones is based on the belief that great food should be enjoyed by everyone. Their motivation has always been to create a more sustainable future alongside serving good food and good drinks. 

11 Fletcher St, Byron Bay. For reservation, phone (02) 6680 7418.

Yulli's Byron Bay

Yulli’s Byron Bay is 100% vegan. The plant-based menu is modern Asian and dishes are matched with a diverse vegan wine list, local spirits and cocktails, plus of course Yulli’s Brews range of craft beers, cider, kombucha and other beverages.

3/8 Byron St, Byron Bay. For reservation, phone (02) 6685 5711.

Yummify Byron Bay

Welcome to Yummify, food for the heart and soul that's also awesome for the planet. Our fabulously creative vegan meals are organic, preservative free, nutrient dense and made from scratch – with love.

Yummify - 74 Centennial Cct, Byron Bay and the local farmers markets. Phone 0432 260 927

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)

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)

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