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Celebrate our abundant local food - Northern Rivers Food style

A 12 day celebration of Northern Rivers Food

The Northern Rivers Food 2019 Harvest Festival is a 12 day celebration of our amazing growers, producers, manufacturers and service providers. Along with our Opening Event, the inaugural Harvest Autumn Fair, the return of our Harvest Trail and our bus tours and workshops, Northern Rivers Food members will be showcasing a series of cooking classes, dinners and food experiences, throughout the Festival – check out these fantastic events below!

Fundamentals of Cheese-making with Kat Harvey

Tuesday 30 April

Hosted by Northern Rivers Food

Time: 4pm – 6pm

Place: Ballina Byron Islander Resort and Conference Centre, 1 Ronan Place West Ballina

Price: NRF members $60 inc GST / non members $70 inc GST


Join Kat Harvey, chef and cheese-maker at Nimbin Valley Dairy, as she explains the fundamentals of cheese-making, transforming milk to curd. Drawing on her chef background, Kat will then incorporate cheese into some tasty dishes you can make at home, taking your love of cheese beyond the cheese board. Wrap up the session with a tasty cheese snack and a chilled beer or wine.

Fundamentals of Cheese-making includes:

  • Interactive presentation from Kat Harvey
  • Two drinks from the Ballina Byron Islander Resort’s bar (beer and wine, spirits to be purchased)
  • Cheesy snacks


Limited numbers available – book now!

Barrio’s Slinging Plates dinner

Tuesday 30 April

Hosted by Barrio Eatery & Bar

Time: 6pm – 9pm

Place: Barrio Eatery & Bar, 1 Porter Street, Industrial Estate, Byron Bay

Price: $10 / $20 plates and $10 glass of wine (meat & veg options, a la carte menu also available)

***SOLD OUT***

In the spirit of the name ‘Barrio’, a neighbourhood eatery, we invite you to join the Northern Rivers Food community over a cheeky mid-week dinner. Local Peruvian chefs Andres and Franco have designed a series of $10 and $20 Harvest plates for you to choose from on the night. Sourcing from fresh local produce, the chefs present vibrant dishes that typify the real soul food of Peru. 

“Slinging Plates is a great way for businesses to support each other and for locals to try something new. It’s about people hanging out and having new conversations… a new kind of evening that engages locals, chefs and winemakers, and becomes a discussion point.”

Head Chef Francisco Smoje

Bookings over 6 please email

Nelly Le Comte food photography and social media workshop

Thursday 2 May 2019

Hosted by Northern Rivers Food

Time: 10.00am – 2.30pm

Place: Summerland House Farm, 253 Wardell Road Alstonville

Price:  NRF members $142 inc GST / non members $160 inc GST

***SOLD OUT***


Want to learn how to take eye catching food images for social media? Then this phone photography and social media workshop with the amazing Nelly le Comte is for you!

Learn how to dramatically improve your social media images through composition, light, background and angles…

Hear about how to make the most of your smartphone, which post-production apps to use, and get expert hands-on advice on how to improve your pics.

This 4.5 hour workshop will be hosted at the picturesque Summerland House Farm. Enjoy coffee and cake on arrival and a delicious lunch with a complimentary beer or wine. Practice taking photos of your meals as well as the beautiful garden surrounds…

“Learning some simple ways to take natural, effortless photographs of ingredients and finished dishes made a world of difference to me – and not just in terms of my Instagram feed! Nelly le Comte bought a wealth of experience and energy to teaching me about social media food photography and helped unlock my creativity so much that I really enjoy this part of being an enthusiastic foodie.”

                                    – Georgina Inwood, Table Under a Tree

Limited numbers available – book now!

The Spotted Pig’s ‘Year of the Pig’ dinner

Friday 3 May 2019

Hosted by The Spotted Pig

Time: 6.00pm – 10.00pm

Place: The Spotted Pig, 3 Alphadale Road Lindendale

Price: $85 inc GST

***SOLD OUT***

The Spotted Pig welcomes you to our dinner table hosted in our charming and characteristic ‘old church’.

A shared feast, hand prepared by Chef Iohne Simpson will honour ‘The Year of The Pig’ featuring our local and superstar supplier, Bangalow Sweet Pork:

  • A complimentary thirst quenching Stone & Wood Ale, Local Distiller Cocktail or Bubbles on arrival
  • Pork Belly Canapé
  • Our Pig Boards: Terrine, Rillet, Salumi Salsiccia Fresca, House Pickles
  • Bangalow Pork Pork Tenderloin, Ribs, Chops + Sides & Accompaniments
  • Local Cheese Boards & Petit Four


Whilst you dine, interact and perhaps over indulge in dinner, we’ve got amazing acoustic tunes strum and sung by musician Andy Pierce.

Come along and celebrate!

Limited numbers – book now!

Brookfarm Long Table Orchard Breakfast

Saturday 4 May 2019

Hosted by Brookfarm

Time: 8.00am – 10.00am

Place: 68 St Helena Rd, McLeods Shoot

Price: $60 inc GST

***SOLD OUT***


Brookfarm invites you to join the Brook Family and Sarah Swan of 100 Mile Table at a very special long table breakfast on our family farm.

Breakfast will be abundant, local and delicious with some special surprises from Cape Byron Distillery.

Dine on the finest of local fresh produce in the heart of our macadamia orchard overlooking the rainforest.

After breakfast explore our farm on a guided walk through our 30 year old regenerated rainforest and our sustainably farmed macadamia orchard.

Limited numbers – book now!

Bhavana Organic Farm + Cooking School Harvest Festival cooking class

Saturday 4 May 2019

Hosted by Bhavana Organic Farm + Cooking School

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Place: Bhavana Organic Farm + Cooking School, 841 Fernleigh Road Brooklet

Price: $324.50 inc GST

***SOLD OUT***


Our Harvest Food Festival Cooking Class in conjunction with Harvest Festival week is a celebration of the very best of the Byron region. We showcase produce from a selection of our finest Northern Rivers artisan providores, providing you with an opportunity to experience the abundance of hand crafted local produce.

Our day will include:

  • Harvesting food and garden tour
  • Food preparation and cooking
  • Sit down lunch including organic and biodynamic wines
  • All recipes and educational notes emailed to you after our class

The class focuses on a tapas style selection of small plates, shared over a relaxing lunch, accompanied by a selection of local crafted refreshments under our fig tree.

Limited numbers – book now!

Taverna Harvest Luncheon

Saturday 4 May 2019

Hosted by Taverna

Time: 12.00pm  3.00pm

Place: Taverna, 22 Marine Parade Kingscliff

Price: $55 inc GST

***SOLD OUT***


Join us by the beach in Kingscliff for a Greek inspired sharing menu that brings the flavours of the Greek Islands to the Northern Rivers.

Taverna’s Harvest Luncheon will be specially designed around our great local suppliers and their amazing local produce.

We will also be showcasing what our good friends at the Husk Farm Distillery have to offer with some specially designed cocktails.

Book now!

Mount Warning Tours Cloudcatcher Sunset Wood Fired Pizza Cruise

Saturday 4 May 2019

Hosted by Mount Warning Tours

Time: 4.00pm – 7.00pm

Place:Mount Warning Tours, 108 Riverside Drive Tumbulgum

Price: $75 inc GST

***SOLD OUT***


Join Mount Warning Tours for a stunning three hour cruise on the Tweed River, and catch the sun set over majestic Mount Warning.

The Cloudcatcher Sunset Wood Fired Pizza Cruise will include delicious woodfired pizzas, embracing local Tweed produce, from the House of Gabriel at Tumbulgum, accompanied by Stone & Wood beers and wine.

There is no better way to experience the tastes and flavours of the Tweed!!

Book now!

Open Table ‘Moroccan Banquet’ cooking class

Sunday 5 May 2019

Hosted by Open Table

Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm

Place: Open Table, 111 Lagoon Drive Myocum

Price: $165 inc GST

***SOLD OUT***


Together we will journey through the creation of an authentic Moroccan banquet, learning how to approach this wonderful cuisine with thousands of years of cultural tradition behind it. This Moroccan cooking class workshop will include dishes for daily use and special occasions.

From the basics of spice combinations and selection to fundamental condiments essential for this type of cooking, to substantial key pieces for our table; we will create a selection of dishes such as Lamb Tagine and a variety of cold and warm salads.

The delectable sweet selection will include something like sweet briouates – filo cigars with almond paste and nut filling, showered with rosewater or orange blossom syrup.

Our day together will be concluded with a feast from our glorious banquet table.

Limited numbers – book now!

Bombay Cricketer’s Club Harvest Luncheon

Sunday 5 May 2019

Hosted by Bombay Cricketer’s Club

Time: 12.00pm – 3.00pm

Place: Bombay Cricketer’s Club, Salt Village – Bells Boulevard, Kingscliff

Price: $45 inc GST


Bowling you over with some fresh local produce and flavours that will knock you for six. The Bombay Cricketer’s Club has been fusing modern Indian cuisine with the quality local produce and gaining quite a name for itself!

The Bombay Harvest Luncheon is the perfect chance to see this creative and vibrant team in action. The sharing style menu will showcase the best local Northern Rivers produce.

Book now!