The Byron Bay lighthouse and ocean in northern New South Wales.

Byron Bay Lights A Beacon For Fine Dining

7 March 2017
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The former hippie capital of the New South Wales north coast has well and truly cast off its hummous and LSD (that’s latte-soy-dandelion) roots with the announcement this week of the inaugural Byron Bay Fine Food & Beverage Festival.

The festival, to be held on June 3 in the grounds of the swanky Elements of Byron resort, will include a line-up of top food artisans, ambassadors and chefs, along with leading wineries and beverage companies.

Festival director Remy Tancred – who founded the popular Sample a taste of northern New South Wales food festival in Bangalow – said the Byron Bay Fine Food & Beverage Festival program was designed to appeal to foodies near and far.

“While keeping a local flavour and showcasing our home-grown talent, we are also looking outside the region to highlight some of Australia’s finest in the food and beverage industry,” Mr Tancred said.

The program will run from 11am to 7pm, and feature complimentary beverage and fine food masterclasses led by Jane Thomson, founder of the Fabulous Ladies Wine Society, and local chef and author Kate Walsh from Real Food Projects.

A producers’ and artisans’ marquee will showcase 40 producers, and winery and beverage marquees will feature 12 wineries from across Australia as well as local craft brewers, cider producers and distilleries.

Restaurant marquees will include:

  • Three Blue Ducks, Byron Bay.
  • Steve Snow from FINS, Kingscliff.
  • Katrina Kanetani from TOWN Restaurant and Cafe, Bangalow.
  • Ben Devlin from Paper Daisy, Sarah Swan from 100 Mile Table, Byron Bay.
  • Sean Connelly from the Balcony Bar and Oyster Co, Byron Bay.

There will also be a music stage for live beats. Tickets on sale now.

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Renae Spinks

Travel for me is about conversations and connections. There’s nothing like setting foot in a new land and meeting people a world apart. From talking to North Sea fishermen in Norway’s Lofoten Islands to breakfast chat at a B&B in my own back yard, there’s always a story to share and a tale to tell.