Sample goers bite off the top
BANGALOW showground was full to the brim with foodies, families and fun last Saturday for the annual Sample Food Festival.
More than 2000 packed the arena and surrounds to taste from a dazzling array of foods, desserts, wine and beers.
Food fans could also browse for cook books and kitchen equipment as well as watch cooking demonstrations from culinary luminaries such as Clayton Donovan from ABC television's Wild Kitchen.
Festival director Remy Tancred said this was the most successful Sample Festival ever.
"We had a record number of stall holders and they all reported a 20% increase in sales of Sample plates," she said.
"It was a ridiculously amazing success."
Long time Bangalow residents Bev and Kevin Skimmings come to sample every year.
"This is the best I have ever seen, there seems to be more food," said Kevin.
"We get to try things we wouldn't normally try; we don't ask, we just eat."
Pam Brook from Brook Farm, major sponsors of the Northern Rivers Food cooking demonstration tent took to the stage herself to assist Clayton Donovan.
"The cooking demonstrations bring the best regional and national chefs together with our region's best produce," she said.
Bangalow's Town Cafe's stall had one of the longest queues this year.
Owned by Karl and Katrina Kanetani, up to 50 people were waiting patiently in line to sample Katrina's award winning desserts.
This year her delicious meringues featured Australian Fingerlime Caviar
Town Cafe was also recently awarded a chef's hat in the prestigious Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide.
This is the third year Town have been awarded a hat.