Writers' Festival Food

IT’S hungry business listening to so many new and interesting ideas being tossed around all day, so the organisers of the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival have arranged for some of the area’s best caterers to set up in the food marquees and serve a smorgasbord of taste delights to festival goers.


First requirement of the day, of course, will be a good strong coffee to stir the brain into action.

With three espresso machines on site, Zentveld’s Coffee will be pumping out more than 7000 coffees, using 1000 litres of milk, over the three days of the festival.

The Newrybar-based company has been servicing the BBWF almost every year since its inception and it knows the value of a good coffee when you’re in need of a pick-me-up.

Zentveld’s beans are 100% Australian and are sourced from places like Alstonville, Dunoon and the Atherton Tablelands. There are also cakes, slices and hot chocolates for those with a sweet tooth and iced coffee and chocolate if the weather stays this perky.

To help you choose your favourite snacks here’s a list of what’s on offer at the festival site:

RED Ginger will be serving up a "healthy, healthy, healthy" selection of freshly steamed buns. The pork, shallot and ginger bun sounds like a flavour explosion, while the gyoza, bok choy, shitake mushroom and tofu buns will tantalise the vegetarian palate. Gluten free options are also available. Buns $3 and assorted boxes from $7.

THE Beach Café on Clarks Beach will add a touch of sophistication with a high tea menu.

There will be three delicious types of handmade, double-deck finger sandwiches on offer: marinated cucumber, smoked salmon with dill creme fraiche and a chicken, bacon, mayo and shallot.

Join them in their fete-style stall for a sandwich and a cup of Byron Bay Tea Company tea. Sandwiches from $7.

THERE’S nothing better than a scrumptious slice of cheesy pizza when you’ve been on your feet all day. Luckily Crusta Woodfired Pizza will be there with a selection of international recipes.

French and German concoctions will tempt the taste buds and of course classic Italian recipes like margherita will be on the menu. For something sweet try the apple strudel-inspired desert pizza: apple, cinnamon, almonds and cream. Yum. From $5.

MAYBE it’s a pie with a twist that you fancy. For a gourmet delight of a pastry encased nature, Citrus will be offering a big selection of pies. Favourites include spinach, steak, gluten free, chicken and curried vegetable. There are also bagels, baguettes and beef rolls, a Thai pumpkin and pea and ham soup and of course, their famous double choc brownies. Prices start at $3.50.

ZEST’S marinades and spices have been developed using traditional Nepalese recipes. They will tempt you with free samples, recipe ideas and flavours that will allow your imagination to run wild with possibilities.

The four marinades for sale will be Sublime, Exotic, Fiesta and Pahelo. Owner Shelley Sellors recommends Fiesta – a deep, earthy red with the robust flavours of coriander and paprika, perfect for barbecues. Special festival prices are on offer.

THIS is Fat Belly Kat’s fourth year at the festival and each time they’ve been run off their feet making their special handmade eggplant and feta balls. While these are their most popular delight, be sure to try their selection of other Greek delicacies.   

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