An affair to remember
WITH 500 chicken savouries to make before Sunday afternoon, Maureen Colburt will be very busy for the next couple of days.
But it's all for a good cause.
The Ballina Fine Wine, Fun and Food Affair is on this Sunday at the Ballina Jockey Club and Mrs Colburt, as the owner of Pioneer Poultry, is one of the 25 exhibitors.
"People will be able to try some smoked chicken with avocado and also tandoori chicken with cucumber," she said.
"It's going to be a really great event; we're looking forward to it."
The affair has been organised by the Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond and it is now in its fourth year.
There have been some changes to the format of this year's event, said co-ordinator Col Lee.
"We're having it upstairs at the Jockey Club instead of outside," he said.
"In previous years the weather has been too unpre- dictable.
"But up here you have fantastic views over the racecourse, you can sit out on the balcony with a wine and a bite to eat and just relax and enjoy the ambience."
If tasting the fine wine isn't your cup of tea, that's no reason to miss this event.
Boutique beer from Stone and Wood will be available, and Jeremy Thornber from major sponsor Dan Murphy's will be running scotch whisky tasting sessions.
Learn all about malt whiskies and the different tastes associated with the region where they are made.
Tickets for the Ballina Fine Wine, Fun and Food Affair are limited.
Not many tickets are left, so get in early and secure your place, or come along on the day to get one of the few tickets available at the gate.
There are 25 exhibitors booked in for the affair, which this year will raise money for Ballina's Marine Rescue unit.
Plans for Marine Rescue's much-needed new tower on North Wall were approved by the council's facilities committee last week.
Tickets for the affair are available, for $20, at Tonic hair and beauty salon, which is near Rockmans in River St in Ballina's central business district.
1pm: Gates will open with patrons to be presented with complementary wine and champagne on arrival in a souvenir Fine Wine glass;
1.30pm: Whisky appreciation presentation and discussion by spirit specialist Jeremy from Dan Murphy's;
2pm: Food and wine appreciation presentation by fine wine specialist Dave from Dan Murphy's - complimentary food samples matching the wine will be distributed;
3pm: Boutique beer sampling and explanation by brewers from Stone and Wood accompanied by specially made pies;
4pm: Food and wine appreciation and presentation by fine wine specialist Dave in conjunction with complimentary special dishes to match;
5pm: Wine appreciation to match specialty ice-creams supplied by Ballina Ice-creamery.