people get a tase of Byron
By RENEE REDMOND
DIANNE VICKERY used the Taste of Byron food festival to launch her new business venture, Cheese Please.
Dianne plans to wholesale mostly Australian-made cheeses to Northern Rivers fine food stores, deli's and upmarket hotels.
The cheese, from cheesemakers in Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland, is all handmade.
"I've been researching the idea for the past year and building up supplies. I love Australian cheese, and every year it's getting closer to the international standards," she said.
Dianne is originally from Melbourne, but now lives in Byron Bay.
"I always enjoyed buying cheese from our local cheese man in Melbourne, and wanted to offer that same localised service for the Northern Rivers," she said.
The annual Taste of Byron festival drew attention to 40 stalls, which included restaurants, cafes and regional produce. The Samba Ballistas presented a colourful drumming performance.
Event co-ordinator Michael Malloy said the festival, now in its ninth year, wasn't just for Byron Bay.
"We want to encourage businesses around the Northern Rivers to set up a stall. This year we have food stalls from Bangalow, Lismore and Kingscliff," he said.
Onlookers were also treated to cooking demonstrations throughout the day by successful local chefs.