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What’s On? Sample Food Festival – 7 September

What’s On? Sample Food Festival – 7 September

It’s a foodie’s dream: A day all about cooking, eating and discussing food.

Mark your calendar for the weekend of 7 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 access to approximately 150 exhibitors.

Entry to the Sample Food Festival 2019 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. 

There will be cookoffs during the festival. Image source: Sample Food Festival

Festival Programme

The Sample Food Festival doors open at 8 am, with cook offs beginning at 9:30 am. 

At the 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 9:30 am.

  • First up is Evan White, who owns with his partner the authentic Mexican taqueria Chupacabra in Suffolk Park, against Luca Ciano, who grew up in Milan and worked at the two Michelin Star restaurant, Il Luogo I’d Aimo e Nadia there. Ciano also will be presenting a Prosciutto Di Parma masterclass at Sample at the main cooking stage at 11:45 am. 
  • At 10:30 am, it’ll be Matthew Kemp, who is executive chef of the PLB group that owns such restaurants as Taverna, Osteria and Ancora, up against Tyler Preston, who lives in Byron Bay now after moving here from Melbourne where he has worked in such places as Seven Seeds and Chin Chin. Preston now works at Bang Bang. 
  • Don’t forget you’ll have to allow 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 2019. 
  • The Golden Fork Award will be judged by a set of three celebrity judges Matt Moran (Aria), Federico Zanellato (LuMi Dining, Sydney) and Alex Munoz Labart (Restaurant Labart, Burleigh Hills). The winner will be announced at 11:30 am at the main cooking stage. 

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 Vivs Animal Farm, clay and weaving. 

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!

Image source: Sample Food Festival

Events Prior to the Festival

If you truly want to indulge in food and wine in Byron Bay, check out Sample Festival’s other events related to the festival.

  • Launch Dinner at the Bangalow Hotel, 6:30 pm, Saturday, 31 August. The evening will feature a three-course dinner with local produce and matching Lord Byron Distillery Cocktails. Bookings muct be made by calling the Bangalow Dining Room, 02 6687 1144.
  • Food Styling and Photography Workshops (Mobile and SLR) with Fran Flynn, 9 am to 3 pm on 5 September and 9 am to 3 pm on 6 September. These workshops will be hands-on lessons in food styling and photography from prominent food photographer Fran Flynn. Tickets can be booked through the Sample Festival site and cost $360. 
  • NEARLY SOLD OUT: The popular Fabulous Ladies Wine Soirees, which hosts wine events for women in Australia, is hosting the “Fab Ladies Wine Soirée,” a five-course dinner accompanied by eight matching wines from ArtWine at 6:30 pm, Thursday 5 September at Barrio in North Byron.
  • SOLD OUT Sample Festival Lunch, noon on Friday 5 September. The six course lunch will feature foraged ingredients with seven guest chefs as well as matching wines from ArtWine and brews from Stone & Wood. 

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 for all types of food lovers who will be eating their hearts out at the festival. From camping and caravanning sites, to deluxe beach cabins, there is sure to be something that meets your overnight requirements, contact us today!

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