What’s On? Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival – 3 July
Are you a foodie? Do you love a good glass of wine? Then make plans to travel to the Byron Bay area for the Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival, which takes place on Sunday 3 July. Only 30 minutes approx. south of Byron Bay, Ballina is an excellent day trip, with lots of things to do in Ballina from tons of outdoor activities, to this food and wine festival.
The seventh annual Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival runs from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday 3 July at the Ballina Jockey Club. Tickets cost $25, and adults only (18 years old and above) are permitted in the festival. So use this as a great way to get away for an adult weekend, girls/guys time or friends getaway. Plus, if you’re a big foodie and/or wine enthusiast, then you might like to add on some of the additional festival-related events, such as the Taste of Ballina Gala Dinner on Friday 1 July or the Flavours of the Northern Rivers Gourmet Tour, offered both Friday and Saturday 1-2 July.
The Main Festival
The Ballina food and wine festival, recently named in the top 13 regional food festivals in Australia by the Daily Telegraph, offers ticket holders the chance to taste a variety of delicious food as well as excellent wine and beer. Local restaurants will serve up samples of their signature dishes, with the option to buy larger tasting plates. Wine, craft beer, ciders and spirits samples will be available for tasting, again with the chance to buy a glass or bottle to sip on a larger quantity.
Throughout the food and wine show, winemakers and brewers will be providing information about their products and sharing their expertise. Sample the products and chat with the makers as you wander through the venue. Your foodie side will be satisfied as you watch the cooking demonstrations that will use fresh produce. Plus, don’t miss out on the samples!
In addition to food and wine, there will be live entertainment at the Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival. Stars of the stage and television Rachael Beck and Michael Cormick will perform with accompaniment by pianist David Cameron. Other performers include The Heart Collectors and Jed Zarb.
If you are worried about transportation to and from the event, no need to as the festival has buses available for $5 a trip. The buses will run to and from Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay, Bangalow, Lismore, Alstonville, Lennox Head and Ballina.
Additional Food and Wine Festival Events
On Friday evening, you can attend a four-course gourmet dinner designed by Ballina RSL executive chef Blake Seymour for $95 per person. He will plan the dinner utilising local, fresh produce, so take the opportunity to thoroughly treat your inner foodie. You’ll be served a complimentary beer or champagne upon available. Additional wines and craft beers, specially selected to complement each course from Cricketers Arms and Robert Oatley Vineyards, will be available for purchase.
Take the opportunity to indulge on one of the daylong tours that will allow participants to visit four locations in the area. Tickets are $70. The bus tour will pick up starting at 8:30 am and then at several stops in Ballina and one in Alstonville. Then you’ll be taken to four locations to sample food and beverage, go on guided tours of the venues and in between enjoy commentary on the bus by tour guides. The four stops are:
- Avocado Tom
- Harvest Café
- Stone & Wood Brewery
Stay in the Byron Bay area at Broken Head
Make plans to stay at Broken Head Holiday Park during the weekend of the Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival. You’ll be able to relax in the quiet surroundings of Broken Head, and then go to any of the events you want to partake in easily. In addition, you could sneak in a few Byron Bay winter activities if you want as well. Take a look at our excellent variety of accommodation from unpowered campsites to beach houses. We’re sure you’ll find the right one for you!