Bounty shaping up at Ballina
WHILE Ballina’s Rivafest is sunk, planning for Ballina’s Bounty, the shire’s inaugural fine food and wine festival, is well advanced with more than 30 exhibitors expressing interest in presenting their products on the day.
The May 30 event, which has a similar name to one of the forerunners of Rivafest – the Ballina Bounty Festival – is a project of the Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond.
Event co-ordinator Milton Colbert said the festival’s concept had been well received by the local food and wine community and he was expecting the exhibition space would be fully subscribed.
“We are in the final stages of preparing our venue plan, and it looks as though we’ll be close to fully booked,” he said.
“We’ll certainly keep the books open for late applications, but to facilitate final planning we’ll need to close exhibitor registrations early this month.
“That will give us time to prepare a final event plan and get our support infrastructure in place.
“We have the whole Rotary Club membership working on the event. It’s all hands on deck!
“We want the festival to become a signature event for Ballina, so we don’t want any stone left unturned.
“I’m really pleased with the way our Rotary teams are responding and I’m sure they will give their all on the day.”
Ballina’s fine food and wine festival will be staged on Sunday, May 30, from midday to 4pm at the Ballina Jockey Club.
Entry tickets, available at the venue on the day, will be $25 per adult and $1 for every year of age for those aged between five and 18.
Exhibitors will be offering all food and wine samples free, and a comprehensive entertainment program has been scheduled.
Money raised through the festival will be directed back into the local community.