What’s On? Sample Food Festival – 2 September
Foodies, pay heed. Mark your calendar for the weekend of 2nd September and head to Byron Bay for the one-day food festival, Sample Food Festival. The festival, which takes place at the Bangalow Showgrounds on the first Saturday of September, showcases the best food and drink producers from the northern New South Wales area. The Sample Food Festival, started in 2011, gets more than 15,000 visitors just in that one day and gives them access to approximately 200 exhibitors.
Entry to the Sample Food Festival 2017 is $5 per adult and free for kids. The festival is supported and was founded by Sample magazine, a quarterly publication that features northern New South Wales restaurants, food producers and more.
The Sample Food Festival doors open at 8 am, with cooking demonstrations beginning at 9 am, music starting at noon and kids entertainment starting at 9:30 am. The first featured cooking demo will be Love Food Hate Waste. Over at the Olssons Salt Celebrity Cooking Stage, each set of celebrity chefs and their TAFE apprentices will have 30 minutes to prepare something from the Mystery Box, starting at 9 am.
Other fun demos in the morning at this Bangalow food festival include:
- Chefs Toolbox: Tricks of the trade for the home chef
- Chocolate making with macadamias from Byron Bay Cacao
The afternoon brings a host of cook-offs between local mayors from around the area. Should be a good time! Check out the festival map for more detailed information of who’s stationed where.
Don’t forget you’ll have to spend plenty of time for checking out the stalls set up throughout the Byron Bay festival, where you can sample $5 or $10 tasting plates from many of the region’s top restaurants. The plates will be judged and the very best are awarded the Sample Golden Fork Awards for 2017. Check out the festival map for more detailed information of who’s stationed where.
Also, if you’re bringing along the whole family, don’t worry, there’s plenty for kids to do at the Sample Food Festival, including Macadamia Castle animal shows at 9 and 11:30 am.
This Bangalow food festival ends at 4 pm. After all that food indulging, you might not want to head home right away. What about taking a nice long walk on the beach? Or heading to the Byron Bay town centre and touring around there? Maybe you’ll walk off some of the calories you consumed!
Events Prior to the Festival
If you truly want to indulge in the food and wine this weekend in Byron Bay, check out Sample Festival’s other events related to the festival.
- “Ahead of the Curve”: A panel discussion with area local business owners discussing how they built successful businesses. It takes place at 5 pm, Wednesday, 30 August.
- The Fabulous Ladies Wine Society is hosting the “Fab Ladies Wine Soirée,” a five-course dinner made by Chef Gavin Hughes accompanied by eight wines, starting at 6:3o pm, Thursday, 31 August at the Bryon at Byron.
- At the time of this posting, there were only three tickets remaining for the “Salt of the Earth” lunch at noon, Friday 1 September at the Byron Bay Golf Course. Sarah Swan of 100 Mile Table invited celebrity chef and author Paul West of River Cottage; best-selling author, media personality and local treasure Belinda Jeffery; and multi award-winning now Brisbane based Chef Ben Williamson to join her to present the opening lunch. This year’s lunch will feature a grazing style menu with dessert bar by Belinda Jeffery.
- “Signature Flavours Dinner”: Four chefs (two local, two non-local) will bring a signature dish to this dinner. Attendees will be treated to the dinner with all the dishes as well fine wines and local beer. It will be held at 6:30 pm, Friday, 1 September at the Byron at Byron.
Tickets for any of these events can be purchased through the Sample Food Festival’s website.
Come for the Festival, Stay the Weekend
While the festival is a great reason to come, why don’t you make a weekend (or a long one!) of it and stay over so you can take in more of Byron Bay while you’re here? Broken Head Holiday Park is located just a few kilometres from the Bangalow Showgrounds and would be the perfect place for a budget-friendly holiday stay. Broken Head offers various types of accommodation to work for all types of food lovers who will be eating their hearts out at the festival. From camping and caravanning sites, to beach side cottages and cabins, there is sure to be something that meets your overnight requirements.