New Northern Rivers food festival showcases local produce
A NEW regional food festival for the Northern Rivers will showcase the region's abundant array of local produce across four days.
The inaugural Harvest Food Festival, which kicks off April 21-24, features four mouth-watering events from Byron to Uki to Alphadale to Ballina which promise to educate and satiate in equal measure.
The event is an initiative of Northern Rivers Food, a peak body of local food growers, producers, and retailers established to promote the region's culinary credentials.
Festival committee chair, Rebecca Zentveld of Zentveld's Coffee, said the idea for a food festival focused on local producers had been bubbling for several years.
"We purposely chose autumn for the festival, because it is when so much of our amazing produce is harvested - macadamias, pecans, vegies, bush foods, finger limes, early season citrus, custard apples, turmeric, ginger etc - we really do have a lot to celebrate," Ms Zentveld said.
"This will be the first year for Harvest Food Festival and we look forward to growing the event each year to build as a key regional food festival, celebrating our Northern Rivers food."
The event will open with a welcome dinner at Byron's 100 Mile Table, followed by an "epic" food tour featuring macadamias, other native bush foods, and local coffee farms, a sunset dinner at Ballina where guests will shuck their own oysters and learn about the local seafood industry, and a "Big Harvest Picnic" celebration in the foothills of Mt Warning at Uki.
For more information and to book tickets to all four events go to www.harvestfoodfest.com
Harvest Food Festival 2016:
Thursday April 21:
Long Table Harvest Dinner at 100 Mile Table
Venue: 100 Mile Table, Banksia Drive, Byron Bay
Friday April 22:
Epic Northern Rivers Food Adventure finishing with lunch at The Spotted Pig hosted by local chef and regional food advocate Terase Davidson.
Multiple venues, with guided bus tour, farm visits and lunch included.
Saturday April 23:
Sunset by the River - a focus on local, sustainable seafood featuring sustainable seafood cooking tips, where to find the best local oysters, and early sunset dinner at The Point.
Venue: The Point, Ramada, Ballina
Time: 4pm - 7pm
Sunday April 24:
Harvest Festival Picnic at Mavis's Kitchen, Uki
Venue: Mavis's Kitchen, Uki.
Time: 11.30am - 3.30pm
Rustic Harvest Festival Picnic will be held at "the barn" at Mavis's Kitchen Uki. A long table festive seasonal selection of freshly harvested food will be on offer.