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About

Feeding the Soul

Connect, develop, celebrate

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.

Connect

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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Celebrate

We celebrate the unique food provenance of our region. We help celebrate our members by sharing their stories to the local food industry and to the foodie community.

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Develop

NRF offer ongoing training, workshops & seminars to help develop our members, their brands and their products. In addition we offer a library of industry (member only) resources.

Meet Our Committees

Meet our team

Behind Northern Rivers Food

Pam Brook, Co-founder of Brookfarm and CBD is the NRF. Pam has had many careers, dentist, ski instructor, businesswoman, business leader, farmer, author, mother and grandmother. Pam volunteers her time as Chair of NRF and has led the organisations development since it started in 2011. Contact Pam E: [email protected]

Anne is the go-to person for all things Northern Rivers Food.  Anne has a background in food science, nutrition & dietetics, food & horticulture marketing and administration. Anne works part-time in the role of Executive Officer (Monday-Wednesday-Friday). Contact Anne E: [email protected].

Marina is Northern Rivers Food’s go to person for all things finance including membership subscriptions and invoicing. Marina’s day job is Associate Director – Byron Bay of Keystone Private a leading multi-family office. Contact Marina  E: [email protected]

Lorissa Barrett is a social media and marketing guru and works as a contractor for NRF on our social media program.  She also curates our annual consumer event the NRF Harvest Food Trail which runs the first weekend in May each year.  Contact Lorissa E: [email protected]

Kadri Kutt is working as a contractor on a special project for NRF, developing a food resilience strategy for the local food and beverage industry in our region.  Contact Kudri E: [email protected]

Our Fabulous Volunteers

We love them!

Our NRF Executive Committee are the brains trust and leadership of our organisation.  The group meet bi-monthly to plan direction and strategy for NRF:

Pam Brook, Brookfarm & Cape Byron Distillery (Chair);  Mark Napper, The Business Bloke (Vice-Chair); Marina Mangano, Keystone Private, Byron Bay (Treasurer); Cam Hogan, Dollars Making Sense (Secretary), Simon Stahl, Casino Food Co-op; Georgina Inwood, Table Under a Tree; Damien Dougherty, Bangalow Sweet Pork; Amy Colli, Destination Tweed / Sourdough.

Our Events Committee are the beating heart of NRF.  They get together regularly to plan, organise and run all of our industry networking events and gatherings.

Amy Colli, Destination Tweed & Sourdough (Chair); Rebecca Zentveld, Zentveld’s Coffee; Martin Brook, Brookfarm; Rea Francis, RF Media; Angela Lee, Revolution Advisors;  Sally Scott, Tweed Tourism Co; Kylie Ball, Harvest Newrybar; Katrina Patton, Pyewacket’s Traditional.

NRF have several special interest groups that get together informally to share resources and to engage on areas of interest.  This includes:

  • Regenerative Agriculture
  • Marketing
  • Sustainable Food Manufacture

If you would like to join one of our groups contact us now 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: 0417 393 168