Feeding the Soul

connect, engage & grow

Northern Rivers Food (NRF) is a not for profit member based food group. It was established by people in the food industry from the “paddock to the plate” to support the food industry in the Northern Rivers. NRF aims to connect people in the local food industry by providing regular events, workshops & networking opportunities.

To be a member of Northern Rivers Food, the business must conduct a food business primarily located in the Region, and the goods and/or services produced by the member must be primarily created within the Region using produce of the Region where available; and the member has a commitment to using labour from the Region for its operations.


We run regular networking events & gatherings to help connect members of our dynamic local food industry in the Northern Rivers region.

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We help promote our members, their brands and products by sharing their stories to the local food industry & to the foodie community.

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We are made up of many volunteer groups who offer their time to develop a program of events that help the local food industry and individual businesses grow.

Meet Our Committees

Meet our Committees

We love our volunteers!

Meets monthly to plan direction and strategy for NRF.

Pam Brook, Brookfarm (Chair); Michael Dlask, Salumi Australia (Vice Chair); Mark Napper, The Business Bloke (Treasurer); Marina Mangano, Keystone Private, Byron Bay (Secretary); Paul Wilson, Nimbin Valley Dairy; Simon Stahl, NCMC; Allison Henry (Executive Officer).

Meets regularly as a networking group to share ideas and resources.

Harriet Messenger, Husk Distillers; Angela Harris, Elements; Clare Southwell, Third & Public; Camille Timbs, The Italian Diner.

Plans and organises NRF networking events and gatherings.

Greta Smith, Bhavana Organic Farm + Cooking School (Chair); Rebecca Zentveld, Zentveld’s Coffee; Martin Brook, Brookfarm; Rea Francis, RF Media; Stephanie Brodeur, Three Blue Ducks; Melinda Durston, Hemp Food Australia; Angela Lee, Revolution Advisors; Karen Klaich, designlab.

Develops the annual Harvest Festival and Harvest Food Trails.

Matt Weinert, DPI (Chair); Rebecca Zentveld, Zentveld’s Coffee; Amy Colli, Regionality; Marina Mangano, Keystone Private, Byron Bay; Molly Patch, Summerland House Farm; Cher Holle, Foodie Fan; Christine Doggett.

Plans and organises grower-focused events.

Andrew Burnet, Burnbar Farm (Chair); Mark Napper, The Business Bloke; Amy Colli, Regionality; Matt Weinert, DPI; Georgina Inwood, Table Under a Tree; Simon Cumming, Mountain Blue; Iain Reynolds, Pocket Herbs; Johnson Hunter, The Farm; Cate Lilja.

Works on shared sustainability projects.

Will Brook, Brookfarm (Chair); Greg Malcolm, Sunshine Sugar; James Perrin, Stone & Wood; Pegah Pourkarimi, Koobideh; Nathan Luke, Stacks Law Firm; Acacia Crosbie, Brookfarm; Mark Napper, The Business Bloke

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Marina Mangano volunteers her time as Finance person for NRF. Marina’s day job is Associate Director – Byron Bay of Keystone Private a leading multi-family office. Keystone Private provides independent strategic advice and personalised services for family growth and continuity, succession, the transition of wealth, values and heritage across generations.

Marina is Northern Rivers Food’s go to person for all things finance (membership subscriptions, invoicing etc). Contact Marina Mangano E: [email protected]

Allison Henry is the Executive Officer for Northern Rivers Food. With a background in law, public policy and advocacy, Allison brings her extensive experience leading national campaigns and organisations to NRF.

Allison is the contact point for all things Northern Rivers Food – administration, membership, industry events, workshops, Harvest Food Festival events, our volunteer committees, newsletters, questions about the local food industry etc. Contact Allison Mon – Thurs E: [email protected]

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Joining a Group

Would you like to connect with others in the local food industry? NRF have several groups that get together informally every 4-6 weeks over a coffee or breakfast to plan our events, shape our festivals, share resources and to engage with like-minded food industry souls! If you would like to join one of our groups contact us now.

Get in Touch

c/o 14B Banksia Drive, Byron Bay, NSW, 2481

Phone: 0410 690 910