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Food Fest on the Tweed

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COOKING workshops from professional chefs, organic farm tours, and a dinner party featuring over 600 guests and live music will all be features of this weekend's Tweed Foodie Festival.

Starting today with a tour of the Madura Tea Estate and a tour of Tropical Food World, the Foodie Festival is going all weekend, and will feature many events that budding foodies could be interested in.

At 6pm tonight, Tweed's Biggest Dinner Party will kick off at Murwillumbah Showground, and is expected to have about 600 guests in attendance, live musical performances, and 21 food traders.

"People can sit on the ground, enjoy the live music, and the food is absolutely superb," Kerry Turner, the Festival Director said.

On Saturday, cooking classes will be held by numerous community restaurants teaching attendees how to create various dishes.

"We've got Thai, laksa, gourmet preservative-free sausage making, 70 minute mozzarella making, and a Michelin trained French chef doing lots of pastries and cakes," Ms Turner said.

The classes, which need to be booked with the specific restaurants through www.tweedfoodiefest.com.au, are open to people of any skill level, according to Ms Turner.

Two tours of organic farms will be held on Sunday for no charge, where people will see the various produce that is grown, and learn how to grow some of their own.

"You really don't have to be a green finger to grow veggies," Lisa Flower, a spokeswoman from the Festival said.

These should also be booked online at the Tweed Foodie Fest website.

Being the first year that the Foodie Festival has been held over several days, Ms Turner hopes it will create a food reputation for Tweed Heads.

"Tweed is a food destination, and the food is superb."


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