What’s On? Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival: 30 June – 2 July 2017
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 2 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 eighth annual Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival runs from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday 2 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 30 June or the Taste the Region Tour, offered both Friday and Saturday 30 June – 1 July.
The Main Festival
The Ballina food and wine festival 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! Check out who you can see during the festival by checking the programme page.
In addition to food and wine, there will be live entertainment at the Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival. Regional artists such as Bourbon Street, Glen Massey, Leigh James and Elisabeth Lord will be performing as well as Sydney Jed Zarb, who is returning after being a very popular act in 2016.
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. Attendees also will be treated to a performance by Kellie Knight and her jazz/funk ensemble, The Daze.
Take the opportunity to indulge in the Taste the Region daylong tour that will allow participants to visit four locations in the area. Tickets are $85. The bus tour will pick up starting at 8:30 am and make pick ups at three locations in Ballina. 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
- Duck Creek Macadamias
- The Eltham Valley Pantry
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!