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Full Workshop Program And Guest Chefs Announced – Weave, Forage, Taste and Create at Sample Food Festival 2023

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Full Workshop Program And Guest Chefs Announced – Weave, Forage, Taste and Create at Sample Food Festival 2023

 

Weave, Forage, Taste and Create at Sample Food Festival 2023

Sample Food Festival Logo

Sample Food Festival Logo

Northern NSW’s premier food event, Sample Food Festival returns to the Bangalow Showgrounds on Saturday 2nd September 2023 offering attendees a taste of some of the best restaurants in the region and a range of imaginative and immersive experiences.

Many of the Sample Food Festival workshops will have a focus on sustainability this year. Participants will be able to learn how to use natural and sustainable fibres to craft their very own wall art or wearable art with Bundjalung cultural weaver Tania Marlowe in the Weaving a Wall Piece Workshops. The festival is also offering a workshop led by Byron Bay jewellery brand Edie and Bill. In this workshop attendees will learn how to transform recycled coffee pods and magazines into stunning, one-of-a-kind earrings.

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Explore Byron Bay will be putting on two special Sample Food Festival Bush Tucker Tours as part of the workshop program this year. Participants will be able to join Arakwal woman Delta Kay for a special bush tucker tour along the stunning Byron Creek located at Bangalow Parklands. Not only can they enjoy tasting a range of traditional foods, as well as a selection of local native food products but they will also get to see some of their foraged ingredients used back at the festival by Guest Chefs on the Sample Food Festival cooking stage.

Festival partners The Cellar will be holding two small Rosé blending classes at the festival. Bookings for these classes are limited and can be made at The Cellar stall on the day.

In what is set to be one of the festival highlights this year, some of the region’s most celebrated chefs will be going head to head in a series of live cook-offs on the Sample Food Festival cooking stage.

Jason Saxby, Executive Chef of Raes on Wategos will be matched up against Joachim Borenius. During Jason’s tenure, Raes Dining Room have earned numerous accolades including “Hottest Regional Restaurant” in The Australian Hottest 50 in 2019 and a coveted Chef’s Hat in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2023.

Joachim Borenius

Joachim Borenius

‘The Viking chef’ Joachim Borenius recently made the seachange to Byron Bay in 2022 where he successfully launched Light Years Asian Diner in Jonson Lane, before heading over to the Light Years group’s latest, The Smoking Camel who are on the festival’s restaurant line-up this year.

Chef Alastair “Ally” Waddell, who leads the kitchen at Frida’s Field will be versing Jordan StanifordExecutive Chef at Forest, Crystalbrook Byron. Both Chefs have strong connections with local producers with Ally’s menus showcasing his classical training and deft skills in creating delicious, produce-driven cuisine and Jordan’s menus featuring seasonal produce with a twist, highlighting the abundance of the Northern Rivers’ region.

Alastair Waddell

Alastair Waddell

Pixie Byron Bay’s Head Chef Diana Desensi will be showcasing her love of Australian and Italian flavours in a match up against Matthew Kemp, Beach Hotel Byron Bay. After enriching experiences at the likes of Cargo, Grossi Florentino, Pt Leo Estate and Montalto, Diana made a move to Byron Bay in 2022 to join the team at Pixie Food & Wine. Matthew hails from the UK where he received Michelin-star training before taking the helm of Sydney establishment Banc and opening his own venue, Restaurant Balzac. Matt’s move to the Northern Rivers has included a role as Executive Chef at the Byron at Byron (now Crystalbrook) and Tweed Coast’s PLB Group (Taverna, Osteria, Baked at Ancora and Bombay Cricketers Club)

Jordan Staniford

Jordan Staniford

Ben Pollard, Group Head Chef for Trader House has been announced as a special Guest Chef and will be judging the restaurant tasting plates at the festival for the Annual Golden Fork Awards. Ben began his career in the Northern Rivers, working under Tippy Heng and alongside Ben and Belinda Kirkwood at Dish Restaurant in Byron Bay before cutting his teeth as an apprentice at Rockpool Sydney in the early 2000s, honing his skills as both chef and manager under Neil Perry. He is currently settled in Melbourne where he oversees the operations of the various Trader House establishments including Supernormal in Brisbane which it set to open in 2024.

Ben Pollard

Ben Pollard

There will also be a number of cocktail-making demonstrations on the day featuring local distilleries including Winding Road Distilling Co., Brookies and Lord Byron Distillery.

This year’s restaurant line-up includes A Chef’s Pocket, Bruno’s Bellingen, The Smoking Camel, Harvest Newrybar, No Bones, Federal Doma Café, Kelp Restaurant, Hey Lady Diner, Livemore Deli, Natural Ice-Cream Australia, Quattro, North Byron Hotel, Mr Maurice, Yulli’s Byron Bay, Bombay to Byron, Dinner is Served, Nimbin Valley Dairy, Taco Love Bros, Yummify, Authentic South Indian Food, Berlin Bangers, Matcha Man, Shoza Gyoza, OMG! Donuts Byron Bay and Thai Marquee.

Sample Food Festival will also be showcasing the region’s award-winning distilleries including Winding Road Distilling Co., Cape Byron Distillery and Lord Byron Distillery as well as beverages on offer from Stone and Wood Brewery, Little Dragon Ginger Beer, The Cellar, Frank’s Cider and Aurum Mead Byron Bay who will be launching their range this month.

Tickets for the workshops and festival are now on sale including a Picnic Rug Hire Package for groups of up to six and include festival entry and a reserved picnic spot in the main restaurant precinct on a Wandering Folk picnic rug. This year the Sample Food Festival is also offering a kid’s creative pass for entry into a dedicated area suitable for ages 3 -12. This will feature take-home arts and crafts, sensory play, and interactive games.

The Sample Food Festival market stalls will also be returning and will feature a selection of passionate and innovative local artisans and producers.

Attendees will be able to take a short stroll down the hill to The Bowlo Bangalow who are holding the official Sample Food Festival After Party from 4pm.

 

WORKSHOPS

Weaving a Wall Piece Workshop 10am & 1:30pm Saturday 2nd September 2023 at the Sample Food Festival Bangalow. This workshop is recommended for 16+ years and workshop attendees must have an entry ticket to Sample Food Festival as well.

Sustainable Earring Workshop 9am & 1pm Saturday 2nd September 2023 at the Sample Food Festival BangalowThis workshop is recommended for 14+ years and workshop attendees must have an entry ticket to Sample Food Festival as well.

Sample Food Festival Bush Tucker Tours 9am & 10:30am Saturday 2nd September at Bangalow Weir Parklands – Deacon Street, Bangalow. Tickets via Explore Byron Bay and includes entry into Sample Food Festival. Bookings are essential and spaces are limited.

The Cellar Rosé Blending Class 11am & 12:15pm at The Cellar Marquee. $20 per head and places are limited. You can book your spot at their stall on the day.

 

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Saturday 2 September, 2023

Time: 8am – 4pm

Location: Bangalow Showground, 1 Market Street, Bangalow 2479

Cost: Pre-purchased tickets are $5 per Adult + BF (child – 16 years and under free)
Picnic Package $80 + BF includes entry for up to six people, a reserved picnic spot in the main food precinct and Wandering Folk picnic rug hire with limited umbrella hire also available (for session time only – morning and afternoon session available)
Ultimate Kids Creative Pass Early Bird Price $10 + BF Great for ages 3 – 12 includes take home arts and crafts, sensory play and interactive games.

For information on how to purchase festival tickets, further announcements, workshops and updates visit www.samplefoodevents.com and @samplefoodevents

 

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Northern Rivers Koala Hospital needs funding: Urgent appeal for support

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Northern Rivers Koala Hospital needs funding: Urgent appeal for support

 

By Sarah Waters

Koalas are becoming an increasingly rare sight in NSW and the one organisation that is dedicated solely to their care in the Northern Rivers is desperately trying to keep operating as normal.

The Northern Rivers Koala Hospital, operated by Friends of the Koala, has made an urgent plea for financial support.

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A decline in donations and available funding has threatened the hospital’s ability to operate effectively.

The hospital is specifically designed for the medical treatment of koalas and is the only wildlife hospital in NSW licensed to vaccinate all treated koalas against Chlamydia – the number one cause of death for koalas in the Northern Rivers.

General manager of Friends of the Koala Silva Everaers said more than 350 Koalas are treated at the hospital each year.

“From July last year we’ve seen a 20 per cent increase in koalas coming in, versus the year before,” Ms Everaers said.

“It will continue to increase as the threats to koalas are increasing with climate change, natural disasters, habitat being destroyed causing more koalas on the road, which leads to car hits, dog attacks and more diseases due to stress.

“So that’s obviously concerning, and it has been really, really busy for our volunteers rescuing and caring for them,” she said.

The Northern Rivers Koala Hospital was formed in 2019 and is part of the wider Friends of the Koala (FOK) organisation.

The FOK organisation receives government grants for certain projects including a recent grant to vaccinate 300 koalas against chlamydia.

But no government money is received for the operational cost of the koala hospital.

General Manager of Friends of the Koala and Northern Rivers Koala Hospital Silva Everaers

General Manager of Friends of the Koala Silva Everaers

Half a million dollars needs to be raised by Friends of the Koala each year to cover the hospital’s annual operating expenses.

It is set up with diagnostic and treatment tools including ultrasounds, x-rays, a blood bank, as well as surgical and pathology equipment to provide specialised 24/7 veterinary care to koalas.

Until more funds become available the hospital may not be able to continue in its current capacity.

Ms Everaers said the priority was to keep the hospital funded and veterinary staff paid.

“That really is where the research and the magic happens,” she said.

“We work with over 300 volunteers, who do an absolutely incredible job rescuing and rehabilitating the koalas treated in our hospital, and because of that we are able to keep operational costs really, really low.

“But we can’t do it without financial support, in the end, there’s medicine, veterinary staff, the equipment we need, research facilities – it’s not free.”

Friends of the Koala have set up a special donation drive, appealing to the public’s generosity to help keep the hospital in operation and maintain their high standards of care.

Anyone with a heart for wildlife, including business owners and philanthropists, can become a ‘Friend of the Northern Rivers Koala Hospital’ at: friendsofthekoala.org or support by donating to the organisation.

Friends of the Koala are a grassroots organisation with more than 35 years of experience working on critical, on-the-ground activities to conserve habitat and protect koalas individually and as a species.

It originated as a charity focused on planting trees but has evolved into a multifaceted organisation that also provides 24/7 koala rescue, medical treatment, research, advocacy and community education.

Friends of the Koala has successfully rehabilitated and released over 2000 koalas back into the wild since its inception.

The Northern Rivers is home to one of the last significant, genetically diverse koala populations.

 

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ANDY GOLLEDGE BAND – ‘YOUNG, DUMB & WILD’ ALBUM TOUR

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ANDY GOLLEDGE BAND – ‘YOUNG, DUMB & WILD’ ALBUM TOUR

 

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable musical adventure as the Andy Golledge Band embarks on their ‘Young, Dumb & Wild’ Album Tour 2024. Slated for release on April 19, 2024, the album captures the essence of life’s transitions, celebrating the beauty of ageing, the excitement of new love, and the thrill of exploring new environments.

The title track, ‘Young, Dumb & Wild,’ stands out as a powerful anthem that transcends superficial notions of youth to delve into the core of creative freedom. This single follows the earlier release of ‘Country Band’ in late 2023, a lively road trip anthem that celebrates the many forms of love in various relationships. Together, the tracks weave a seamless narrative, encapsulating the highs and lows of life’s twists and turns.

Andy Golledge, a prominent figure in the Australian alt-country scene, aims to deliver a mature and cohesive experience with this album, showcasing his unique ‘Alt-Country-esque Dad Rock’ style. Following the success of his debut album, ‘Strength of a Queen,’ which won ‘Best Independent Country Album/EP’ at the AIR Awards 2023, Andy Golledge continues to make waves in the music scene. His debut album charted impressively on ARIA’s Top Vinyl Albums and Australian Country Albums, earning nominations at the ARIA Awards 2022 and CMAA Golden Guitar Awards 2023.

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An Andy Golledge show promises to be both exhilarating and unpredictable. The band features some of the most respected musicians in the Australian alt-country/Americana scene, including Leroy Lee (guitar/vocals), Caitlin Harnett (banjo/vocals), Nick Ryan (bass), and Josh Piltz (drums). Their performances range from tender moments that bring tears to rollicking numbers that make you dance wildly.

Don’t miss the chance to experience the spectacle of the ‘Young, Dumb & Wild’ Album Tour. Grab your tickets now and pre-order the album, available with exclusive merch bundles you won’t want to miss!

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When – Friday 24th of May at 6:30pm
  • Where – Bangalow Bowlo
  • Price – from $33.40
  • TicketsAvailable here.

 

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Rifle Range Road Upgrade

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Rifle Range Road Upgrade

 

Commencing this Monday, May 20th, the eagerly awaited Rifle Range Road intersection upgrade in Bangalow will kick off, following a brief delay last month attributed to unforeseen approvals needed from Transport for NSW, now successfully resolved.

Expressing gratitude for the community’s understanding during the setback, Phil Holloway, Council’s Director of Infrastructure Services, underscored the significance of this project for Bangalow. The upgrade encompasses various enhancements such as the widening of Lismore Road, drainage improvements, establishment of new bus bays and shelters on both Lismore Road and Rifle Range Road, and the creation of picturesque, shared paths connecting the bus bays to Tristania Street.

Beginning Monday, construction crews will mobilize on-site to commence the works, necessitating traffic diversion to Raftons Road via Keith Street or Leslie Street.

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Mr. Holloway outlined the works program, indicating that certain periods will entail road closures at the Rifle Range Road and Lismore Road intersection, with detours in place. Advanced notice will be provided through information boards, yet all users of Rifle Range Road and Lismore Road should anticipate delays and alternate routes.

Here’s what you need to know about the works program:

  • Intersection Closure: The intersection of Rifle Range Road and Lismore Road in Bangalow will be inaccessible to all traffic, barring emergency services. This closure facilitates:
    • Elevation of the road.
    • Reconstruction of the intersection.
    • Installation of culverts under Lismore Road.

This substantial undertaking is made possible through funding contributions from the NSW Government, Australian Government, and Byron Shire Council.

For regular updates on the project’s progress, interested parties are encouraged to visit the dedicated ‘Rifle Range Road upgrade‘ page on Council’s website.

 

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