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!

Executive Committee – meet monthly to plan direction & strategy for NRF.
Chair: Pam Brook, Brookfarm
Michael Dlask, Salumi Australia (Vice Chair)
Mark Napper, The Business Bloke (Treasurer)

Marketing – meet regularly as a networking group and share ideas and resources.
Chair: Michelle Dowding
Harriet Messenger, Husk Distillers
Angela Harris, Elements
Clare Southwell, Third & Public
Genevieve Fahey, The Farm
Mat Downs, Byron at Byron Resort & Spa
Camille Timbs, The Italian Diner

Plan & organise our networking events & gatherings.
Chair: Greta Smith, Bhavana Organic Farm + Cooking School
Phil Coram, Three Springs Farm
Rebecca Zentveld, Zentveld’s Coffee
Martin Brook, Brookfarm
Rea Francis, RF Media
Dylan O’Malley, Summerland House Farm
Celeste Kellie, Larderda
Stephanie Brodeur, Three Blue Ducks

Develop the Harvest Food Festival and Harvest Food Trails.
Chair: Rebecca Zentveld, Zentveld’s Coffee
Karan Klaich, Designlab
Sarah McGrory, Get Forked & Fly
Amy Colli, Gastronomic Goodness
Marina Mangano, Keystone Private, Byron Bay
Molly Patch, Summerland House Farm

plan & organise grower events.
Chair: Mark Napper, The Business Bloke
Amy Colli, Gastronomic Goodness
Phil Coram, Three Springs Farm
Matt Weinert, DPI
Johnson Hunter, The Farm
Greta Smith, Bhavana Organic Farm
Andrew Burnet, Burnbar Farm.

Work on shared sustainability projects.
Chair: Will Brook, Brookfarm
Greg Malcolm, Sunshine Sugar
James Perrin, Stone & Wood
Pegah Pourkarimi, Koobideh
Nathan Luke, Stacks Law Firm
Acacia Crosbie, Brookfarm
Mark Napper, The Business Bloke

under development.

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:

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:

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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: 0411 035 876