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What’s On? Sample Food Festival – 3 September

What’s On? Sample Food Festival – 3 September

Calling all foodies! Mark your calendar for the weekend of 3 September and head to Byron Bay for the one-day food festival, Sample Food Festival. The festival, which takes place at the Bangalow Showgrounds, showcases the best food and drink producers from the northern New South Wales area. The Sample Food Festival, started in 2012, 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 2016 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.

Festival Programme

The Sample Food Festival doors open at 8 am, with cooking demonstrations beginning at 8:30 am, music starting at 11 am and kids entertainment starting at 9:30 am. The first featured cooking demo will be Chrissy Freer detailing how to make a recipe from her latest book.

Samantha Gowing at the Sample Food Festival Byron Bay

Samantha Gowing. Image source: Sample NSW Facebook

Other fun demos in the morning of this Bangalow food festival include:

  • An indigenous inspired recipe with North Coast TAFE students
  • Chef Spencer Patrick and Samantha Gowing take on a Mystery Box Challenge
  • Guest Chef Kate Walsh showcases three recipes using macadamias

Speaking of macadamias, people who love them should plan to get to the festival by 9 am for an instameet with Australian Macadamias.

The afternoon brings a host of cook-offs between local mayors from around the area. Should be a good time! Check out the programme for in-depth information.

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 2016.

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, Circus Arts, face painting and more.

Sample Food Festival in Byron Bay

Image source: Sample NSW Facebook

Plus, there’s even more to do while you’re at the Sample Food Festival 2016. Check out a Cellar Group Master Class at site 39, happening at noon, 1 pm and 2 pm. Adrian Zumbo will be doing a book signing at 10:30 am. Such artists as Broadfoot, Lady Slug and Abbie Cardwell will play music on the main stage, starting at 11 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!

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.

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