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A Weekend in Mullumbimby

Located just 20 minutes north of Byron Bay, Mullumbimby is scenic town with a personality of its own. With plenty to do and eat, spending a weekend in Mullum is a must.

Markets

Experience the community spirit of Mullumbimby at the Mullumbimby Farmers’ market. The market is held every Friday from 7 am until 11am at the Showgrounds on Main Arm Road between Chinbible Street and Coral Avenue.

The market features over 50 stalls, including 13 that are certified organic, which showcase the very best seasonal produce of the region: local nuts and honey, Bangalow pork, seafood farmed in Ballina and more!

Along with fresh fruit and veggies, artisan bread, and local, sustainable meat, there is coffee, music and plenty of space for the kids to run around. The Mullumbimby Farmers’ Market is a fantastic way to begin your weekend. For more information visit www.mullumfarmersmarket.org.au

Now that you’ve got your local groceries, it’s time to check out the local arts and crafts at the Mullumbimby Museum Market, held on the third Saturday of each month.

Set among the huge trees in Summers Park, the Mullum Markets are one of the best in the region. With an exciting range of hot food and coffee, come early in the morning and stay for lunch. The markets are open at 9am, and wrap up around 2pm. For more information visit www.mullummarkets.com.au

Activities

There’s plenty to do in Mullum for both kids and adults.

On a hot summer’s day, head to the Mullumbimby Petria Thomas Swimming Pool. The pool is Olympic size, and there are two smaller pools for little kids. The pool is surrounded by luscious trees, and has a great kiosk selling ice creams, coffee, hot chips and more.

The pool is open between September 1 and April 30.

Alternatively, check out the fantastic Mullum skate park, which is one of the largest in the area. The skate park is located at the sports fields beside the cricket field and netball courts. It features a series of interconnecting bowls, a half pipe and a small box grind block.

Just want to relax? No worries. Stroll through town, browse the shops, and then head over to the incredible Kiva Spa.

Located in the centre of town, but hidden among a bamboo grove, this secluded tropical spa is world-class. The spa uses ancient healing and bathing techniques to give you a relaxing yet effective treatment.

Go for a massage or skin treatment, or treat yourself to a truly unique bathhouse experience. For more information visit www.thekivaspa.com

Food and Coffee

No weekend out is complete without delicious food and coffee.

Enjoy the small-town atmosphere at the historic Middle Pub. With a large range of beers and classic menu, this country pub exceeds expectations. Sit on the large dining veranda and look over the main square of Mullumbimby. Visit www.themiddlepub.com.au

Hungry for pizza? Head to Milk and Honey restaurant, located on Station St in town. The menu changes frequently in order to make the most of local, seasonal produce, and their artisan wood-fired cooking technique creates pizzas that are rumoured to be the best in the region. Visit www.milkandhoneymullumbimby.com.au

If you’re looking for a great breakfast, head to the funky Poinciana cafe. With a gorgeous garden courtyard and eclectic decor, this cafe is truly one-of-a-kind. You can even enjoy a cocktail or two in the afternoon, sit back, and enjoy some live music!

For excellent coffee, try out the Rock & Roll Coffee Company. Located on Burringbar St, the cafe serves up some of the best coffee around, along side fresh Asian breakfasts and lunches. The Rock & Roll cafe has an authentically urban atmosphere, great music and super friendly staff. Visit www.rockandrollcoffee.com.au

Fine Dining Byron Style

Just like the beaches, fine dining in Byron Bay is world-class.

The Balcony

The Balcony Bar and Restaurant is an iconic Byron eatery, located on the corner of Lawson and Johnson Street. The balcony overlooks the bustling streets – you could sit for hours watching the colourful Byron characters walk by!

The Balcony serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The dinner menu features a variety of tapas, oysters, mains and decadent desserts. The wild mushroom, goat’s cheese and thyme arancini balls served with truffle aioli are a must from the tapas menu, and the fillet steak never disappoints. The churros accompanied by hot chocolate sauce are the perfect dessert to share.

As well as an excellent fine dining menu, The Balcony is well known for its extensive award-winning wine list and exciting cocktail menu.

For more information and reservations call (02) 6680 9666 or visit www.balcony.com.au

Beach Byron Bay

Talk about a view! Beach Byron Bay is located right on the dunes, with panoramic views of Clarks Beach and Julian Rocks. This award-winning restaurant offers an all-day casual cafe, a park kiosk, a cocktail bar and a fine dining dinner experience.

The dinner menu showcases the finest in-season local produce, such as Byron Bay seafood and Bangalow pork. The dishes are inspired by the beachside setting – relaxed, unique, beautiful. From the humble fish of the day, to more exotic mains, such as squid ink linguini with squid, chilli, garlic, lime zest and poached egg beignet, the Byron Beach Café captures the best of the region.

Overlooking the tranquil waters of Byron Bay – there really is no better way to enjoy a meal.

For more information and reservations call (02) 6685 8400 or visit beachbyronbay.com.au

The Restaurant at The Byron at Byron

Savour your dining experience at The Restaurant at the Byron at Byron Resort and Spa. The large open plan dining area, alfresco atmosphere and rainforest backdrop make for magnificent dining.

To ensure the food is as fresh and delicious as possible, the menu changes with the season. Dishes reflect the varied produce available in the local area, and ingredients are sourced from local farms where possible by our Head Chef Gavin Hughes, who is Ambassador for the Byron Bay Farmers Market.

Soak up the subtropical surroundings on the verandah with an exquisite meal, or relax on the large lounges with tapas and cocktails.

For more information and reservations call (02) 6639 2111 or visit www.thebyronatbyron.com.au/the-byron-bay-restaurant

Italian at the Pacific

Fine dining just metres from Main Beach – the Italian at the Pacific is a contemporary Italian restaurant in the centre of town. The fresh, generous meals and modern yet cosy setting are perfect for both groups and couples.

The a la Carte menu, designed by a world-class head chef, features a range of Italian classics: antipasti, risotto, pasta, meat, seafood and vegetarian options. Traditional lasagne with a whole slow-roasted lamb shank in rich tomato sauce is a favourite. And for dessert, you can’t go past the Sardinian tiramisu. The cocktail menu is extensive and exciting, too.

Everyone adores Italian food, and the vibrant Italian at the Pacific does not disappoint.

For more information and reservations call (02) 6680 7055 or visit www.italianatthepacific.com.au

2014 Sample Food Festival

2014 Sample Food Festival will take place from 8:00am – 4:00pm Saturday 13 September 2014, at the Bangalow Showground. Featuring food from local restaurants, local produce and farmers market stalls, plus entertainment, cooking demonstrations and children’s activities. Entry is free.

The fourth annual Sample Food Festival is shaping up to be the biggest one yet. The one-day event, held at Bangalow Showground, attracts over 10,000 visitors from all over the country. It is the premier food event in Northern with are over 200 exhibitors to browse and taste as well as all day family entertainment.

More information: www.samplensw.com

Sample Food Festival 2013

The 2013 Sample Food Festival is set to showcase qualities that create the mark of local distinction and excellence for Northern NSW food.

When: Saturday September 7th, 2013
Time: 8am to 4pm
Where: Bangalow Showground

200 exhibitors to browse including 25 of our regions top restaurants serving a $5 and a $10 tasting plate.

On festival day, highlights include. A Byron Farmers Market breakfast from 8am, Celebrity guests, Cooking demonstrations, Cheese making class, live music, children’s entertainment and product launches. Entry is free.

If you're looking for somewhere to stay over the Sample Food Festival weekend, checkout our Accommodation Available for Sample Food Festival guide.

For more information visit the website www.samplensw.com

Sample Food Festival 2012

6 Oct 2012, Bangalow Show Ground

Get ready for another Northern Rivers smorgasbord at the Sample Food Festival.

This one-day event will again be a unique opportunity for local growers, producers and chefs to showcase their best and make it available to the public.

For more information, visit; www.samplensw.com

And... be sure to watch our Sample Food Festival TV ad

If you're looking for somewhere to stay over the Sample Food Festival weekend, checkout our Accommodation Available for Sample Food Festival guide.

George Negus : Byron at Byron

On May 17 The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa will host legendary Australian media personality George Negus who - among other things - will share his thoughts on Australia's place in a monumentally changing world.

The first in the Byron at Byron Presents dinner series for 2012, the event follows last years' sell-out dinners with Bettina Arndt, Joanna Savill and David Clark.

George's most recent book The World From Down Under is a compilation of interviews with international "movers and shakers" for SBS Dateline that reveal George's passion to put significant world events into perspective for Australians.

"The world is in turmoil and sometimes we Australians tend to overestimate our own problems," says George. "I wouldn't go so far as to call us the lucky country, but we are definitely a fortunate country. Less than 25-million people out of 7-billion world-wide, we need to think about that and get it into a realistic perspective. We need to see Australia in relation to the world - not the world in relation to Australia.

"There are people in other parts of the world facing hardship and difficulty we can't imagine, yet our own politics has become so spiteful, small minded and uninspired. There's a leadership crisis in this country that goes right across the ideological spectrum. A lack of maturity and sophistication in our politics means we find ourselves complaining at a time when we should be thankful.

"I've seen third world countries handle the up-and-down nature of their affairs in a more dignified way. I'm disappointed that we can't get our heads out of our own sandy beaches".

Be it Syria, coal-seam gas in the Byron hinterland, caring for The Kimberleys versus the Amazon River or Byron's coast, the Greek economic collapse versus Australian real estate development and debt, George will discuss "What is our place, as Australians, in the global scheme of things? Why should we care for more than their own backyards?" 

Negus began his career as a Queensland teacher, before moving into journalism and working behind the scenes in Canberra. He burst onto our TV screens during the heady days of 60 Minutes (1979-86), then spent several years as founding presenter on ABCs Foreign Correspondent (1992-99). His many other forays into our lounge rooms include Nine's Today Show, ABC's This Day Tonight and programs tagged with his own name such as ABCs George Negus Tonight and Ten's 6:30 with George Negus.

His exceptional list of interviewees spans politics (Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Al Gore, Gaddafi, Mikhail Gorbachev, an entire last generation of Australian Prime Ministers), music (Bob Marley, Annie Lennox, Bob Dylan), religion (His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Richard Dawkins), Hollywood legends (Robert Redford, Steven Spielberg) and thinkers including Richard Branson, Geoffrey Robertson QC, Dr David Suzuki, Sir Bob Geldof and Fatima Bhutto.

George's most recent book The World From Down Under follows his two earlier bestsellers The World from Islam and The World From Italy.

Byron at Byron Presents George Negus "Australia's Place in the World"
7:00pm Thursday May 17, The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa
$70 for two courses from Head Chef Gavin Hughes, a glass of wine and George. Stay the night from $285 for two people.

Bookings essential. 02 6639 2105 or reservations@thebyronatbyron.com.au

Sample Food Festival : 'The Menu'

I've just been reading the Spring issue of Sample magazine and it contains plenty of info on the 'Sample Food Festival' this weekend in Bangalow... in particular The Menu. Between 9am and 3pm the restaurant marquees will offer $5 & $10 tasting plates... I'm thinking;

  • Belgian waffle with berry compote, mascarpone & pistachio parline.
  • King prawn, pink ginger & kaffir lime won ton with wasabi mayonnaise.
  • Baby back marinated ribs.
  • And, I'm a sucker for fancy burgers; I see two on the menu Wagyu beef with tomato, mint, garlic & parsley sauce or Barcoo beef with salad & plum relish.

I'll be at the Bangalow Showgrounds on Saturday between 9am - 3pm.

For further info visit; www.samplensw.com

If you're looking for somewhere to stay over the Sample Food Festival weekend, checkout our Accommodation Available for Sample Food Festival guide.

Byron Bay Writers' Festival Foodie's Feast

2010 Australian MasterChef winner Adam Liaw, former Vogue and Cosmopolitan fashion editor turned restaurateur turned author Victoria Alexander and local Byron chef, food writer and restaurant reviewer, Belinda Jeffery are just a taste of the foodie line-up featuring at the Byron Bay Writers' Festival.

Festival Director Candida Baker advises that the foodie events are amongst the most popular and tickets go quickly. 

"The Festival foodie events are always a sell out," says Baker.  "Our Foodie Fodder lunch with Belinda Jeffery and Adam Liaw, hosted by Janella Purcell at the Italian at the Pacific restaurant, will be no exception. Guests will be treated to a great meal and a wonderful presentation by three consummate professionals in a setting that captures the essence of our laidback North Coast lifestyle."

Belinda Jeffery (The Country Cookbook: Seasonal Jottings and Recipes) is especially looking forward to the session Beautiful books – turning books into art, with Victoria Alexander (One) and Adam Liaw (Two Asian Kitchens) chaired by Victoria Cosford (Amore and Amaretti: A tale of love and food in Tuscany).

"There is almost a new genre of cookbook that is more like a work of art.  Some of the books coming out now are just exquisite," says Jeffery.  "I have worked with the brilliant photographer Rodney Weidland for over 25 years and often readers write to me just about their love of the images in my books."

Jeffery believes the session Eat My Words – Why We Love Food Books taps into another growing reader phenomenon. "There has been an increasing interest in food and cooking over the past 25 years, but now readers seem more inclined to take their cookbooks to bed to read, almost like a novel…a form of escape," she says.  "Sometimes my readers confess that they don't even really cook. They just love reading about cooking, almost as though they are cooking vicariously by reading through their favourite chef's or cook's recipes."

The growth in the narrative cookbook is also an interesting development in the genre. "I have always loved cookbooks that tell stories," says Jeffery. 

"Food is a part of life and weaving cooking into travel, history or just everyday life is a wonderful way to enjoy the process of sourcing, preparing, cooking and presenting food."

Baker believes the increase in the appeal of cookbooks is driven by many factors.  "Cooking shows such as Masterchef have certainly encouraged people to get back to the kitchen, but a renewed focus on home cooking is also driven by economic pressures with people wanting to cook at home rather than eat out," Baker says. "However, overall I believe cook books continue to increase in popularity as there is something warm and appealing about creating wonderful meals in your own kitchen to share with friends and family." 

Foodie Fodder, sponsored by Ferment, is being held at the Italian at the Pacific Beach, 12.00pm – 3.00pm Friday, August 5.  Tickets are available now for $125.

To purchase Festival or event tickets or to view the full Festival program visit www.byronbaywritersfestival.com.au or call 1300 368 552.

A Taste of Byron 2007 – Byron Bay Food Festival

NORCO PRESENTS A TASTE OF BYRON CARNIVALE DENNING PARK,MAIN BEACH (East Of The Surf Club) SEPTEMBER 22 & 23

The Lions Club of Byron Bay is pleased to announce the return of A Taste Of Byron Carnivale this time over TWO huge days in September. Last year’s event was hailed by organisers stall holders and those who attended as the best yet. Estimates of 10,000 people delighted to the tastes and sounds of beautiful Byron Bay. Over 40 of the Byron area’s finest restaurants, coffee shops and purveyors of fine foods were stretched to the limit as hungry crowds enjoyed a perfect Byron Bay blue sky day. There were cooking demonstrations from leading chefs, great live music, salsa & pole dancing, races for the kids and wine and beer tasting. The laughter in the air mixed with the tantalising aromas of herbs and spices that were lovingly combined to create the signature dishes of the restaurants on display. Because of the outstanding success of last year organisers have decided to extend this year’s event over two days.

Saturday September 22 will be themed as an international Chilli Festival led by our own world famous award winning Byron Bay Chilli Company. Creators of Chilli products from around the world will converge on Byron Bay to compete in the creation of the best chilli dish, sauce or product. The best Margarita will also be judged and sold on the day and there will be Latin Dancing, live music from local area groups and musicians all culminating in the night time with a spectacular fire dance display. There will also be a coffee barista competition where all the local area baristas will be invited to create their best coffee using Byron Bay Coffee. Winners of all categories will be announced on the night. Fresh produce and producers of local food products will also be invited to set up stalls to allow the crowds to sample their wares.

Sunday September 23 will be a huge day of feasting, fun, song & dance all washed down with boutique beers and vintage wine!! This year more than 50 of our great restaurants and cafes are expected to participate creating their own signature dishes and competing for the award of “Best in Show”. Also there will be awards for Best Dressed stand & Best Produce stall. There will once again be an exciting line up of leading chefs demonstrating their art, street performers, games for the kids & more – all in the carnival atmosphere of a beautiful Byron Bay spring day.

Make a note in your diary and book your accommodation now for A Taste of Byron Carnivale Saturday September 22 & Sunday September 23 2007.

Byron Bay Farmers Market

I did a quick walk through Byron Bay’s weekly Farmers Market last Thursday (19 Oct ’06) These markets are on every Thursday Morning in Byron Bay.

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