The new food festival for the North Coast – Sample Food Festival – is in full swing, with only a few remaining stalls and marquees for the daytime festival and more than half the tickets already sold for the Sample Gala Dinner.

“The response has been heartwarming,” said Remy Tancred, festival organiser.

“We had a minor setback with a change of venue, but now it’s all systems go.”

Organisers have relocated the festival to Bangalow Showgrounds. The Gala Dinner will be held at the Byron at Byron Resort.

The Festival, which is being held on Saturday 10th September and will become an annual Spring event, aims to “celebrate and share the exquisite food produce, restaurants and people of the NSW Northern Rivers region”.

Farmers markets and a range of food produce, health and lifestyle stalls will fill the Bangalow Showgrounds from 9:00am.
Twenty restaurant marquees will serve $5.00 and $10.00 tasting plates between 9:00am and 3:00pm, with the best of these greeting the four Sample judges – Joanna Savill, Barbara Sweeny, Belinda Jeffery and Steven Snow – for the test of who will win the prestigious Golden Fork Award.

Cooking and lifestyle demonstrations will be held throughout the day, including Simon Grigalius from My Restaurant Rules, Gavin Hughes from The Byron at Byron Resort, Phil Dudman and Julie Ray showing us garden to kitchen tips and Leah Roland, Principal of the Bangalow Cooking School, giving cooking classes for both adults and kids.

Eight of the region’s top chefs will gather at The Byron at Byron Resort to prepare the Sample Gala Dinner for 150 guests.

Chefs involved in the dinner are Katrina Kanetani from Satiate in Bangalow, Gavin Hughes from The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa, Joseph Griffin from Harvest in Newrybar, Perry Hill, Monique Guterres-Harrison from Seaweed Cuisine Byron Bay, Peter Flemming from 561 Alphadale, Scott Frost from Seven Mile Restaurant in Lennox Head and Adam Smith from Fleurs in Ballina.
The winners of the Golden Fork Award will be announced at the Gala Dinner.

“There are still some produce, health and lifestyle stalls available, however, there are no remaining restaurant marquees,” said Remy Tancred.

Sample Food Festival, Saturday 10th September, 9:00am – 3:00pm Bangalow Showground. Entry is free. Sample Gala Dinner 6:30pm 10th September, Byron at Byron Resort. $160 per head including canapés, four courses and matching wines. Bookings essential.

For festival enquiries including Gala Dinner bookings contact Remy on 0414 925 811 or info@samplennsw

PICTURE: Chefs Monique Guterres-Harrison and Gavin Hughes with Remy Tancred.