Northern Rivers Food are pleased to present the Harvest Food Trail – a very special self-drive experience over the weekend of May 6-7 2023.
Part of enjoying the food is knowing the story…understanding where your food was grown, the regenerative methods the farmer used to produce your food, the people behind the brands and their unique stories. Our Harvest Food Trail offers a chance to meet with our farmers, producers, growers, distillers and chefs to celebrate all the Northern Rivers food & beverage industry has to offer.
Jump in your car and enjoy the whole paddock to plate experience. Choose from a food and beverage discovery trail of over 35 leading food producers, farms, restaurants, distilleries, breweries and food outlets across the region. Enjoy a leisurely drive at your own pace, choosing your own itineraries over the weekend.
1. The Oyster Shed
11-17 Birds Bay Drive, Tweed Heads West 2485
Saturday 12-4pm & Dinner 5-9pm, Sunday 12-5pm
Relax and enjoy absolute waterfront dining, overlooking an oyster farm in Birds Bay in the beautiful Tweed region. Two generations of this oyster farming family work the river to bring the freshest of oysters to their guests. Enjoy a Harvest Food trail special of a dozen fresh oysters with mountainside finger limes from Stokers siding with a beer from local brewers Earth Brewery or a glass of wine for $50.
2. Potager Restaurant
502 Carool Rd, Carool 2486
Sunday 12pm, last booking 3.30pm
Lazy Sunday lunch? Enjoy a taste of the Northern Rivers with
a 3-course menu and a glass of wine at multi-award winning Potager Restaurant. Recent winners of Silver at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, experience Potager’s gardens, views, great food and service and good old-fashioned hospitality.
3. Sunshine Sugar Twohill Sugarcane Farm
8750 Tweed Valley Way, Tumbulgum 2490
Father and son duo, Peter & Kevin Twohill, come from a long line of Tweed sugarcane growers. Meet Peter at one of their properties for a firsthand introduction to the NSW sugar industry which has been a thriving agricultural sector in the Northern Rivers for over 150 years. Get up close to some of the key farming machinery and equipment used in modern-day cane farming and walk amongst the sugarcane and soybean crops on the farm. Note: This is a working property, so please wear covered, flat shoes suitable for walking on uneven ground. No refreshments ormenities are available on site.
4. Sunshine Sugar Quirk Sugarcane Farm
17 Cudgen Rd, Stotts Creek 2487
Third generation farmers, the Quirk brothers, are well known across the Australian sugarcane industry. Meet Alan and Robert on farm for a firsthand introduction to the NSW sugar industry which has been a thriving in the Northern Rivers for over 150 years. Get up close to some of the key farming machinery and equipment used in modern- day cane farming and walk amongst the sugarcane and soybean crops on the farm. Note: This is a working property, so please wear covered, flat shoes suitable for walking on uneven ground. Amenities are available on site.
5. Tweed River House
131 River Street, South Murwillumbah NSW 2484
Sunday May 7 Time 12-4.30p (two sessions) Session 1: 12-2pm Session 2: 2.30p-4.30pm
Enjoy an afternoon soirée on the riverside lawn at the Tweed River House, taking in the river and hinterlands views, as you listen to the soulful vocals of local musicians.
Each session is 2 hours and includes a welcome drink (cocktail/wine/sparkling or beer) and a local Australia Bay Lobster Roll.
6. The Gin Experience
225 Tyalgum Road Eungella
May 6 1pm-6pm & Sunday at Sugar Beach Ranch
Take part in a cocktail dining experience under the awe-inspiring Mt. Warning, on our sugar cane and cattle farm 10 minutes out of Murwillumbah. Our menu will feature an assortment of handcrafted cocktails and locally produced gins, highlighting our speciality dish – tamarind glazed chicken with coriander lime chilli reduction. There will be a masterclass that delves into the history and intricacies of gin, offering guests further insight into this beloved spirit.
There will be canapés, open flame feasts, and fine dining options to impress and satisfy guests. Our focus on using fresh, locally sourced ingredients supports small businesses and ensures the highest quality. Our skilled bartenders offer personalized service and carefully crafted drinks.
Shop 4/8 Coronation Ave, Pottsville 2489
Sat 6th May - lunch and dinner, Sun 7th May - lunch
‘Coastal Fine Dining’ Pipit Restaurant showcases the best of Tweed and Northern Rivers’ local produce, sustainable seafood, wood-fired cooking and fine-dining. Designed around an open-plan kitchen where guests can glimpse the whole cooking process. As part of Northern Rivers Food Harvest Food Trail, guests will also receive a Pipit Produce Map to encourage visiting some of our suppliers directly.
8. Mavis’s Kitchen
64 Mt Warning Rd, Uki 2487
Saturday Family Fun & BBQ 9am – 2pm • Free entry Sunday Long Lunch 1pm
Saturday is Family Fun & BBQ day, featuring garden tours,
kids playground, BBQ breakfast & lunch coming off our smoker, cocktail bar / Black hops bar, gelato stand, produce and nursery stall. There’s seating throughout our gardens & live music.
On Sunday join us for the Whole Pig Long Lunch starting with a wine on arrival and a garden tour followed by a 3 course lunch locally sourced whole pig cooked over fire in our smoker. Talks throughout the lunch about Mavis and our approach to support local.
9. Nimbin Bush Theatre
Nimbin Bush Theatre - 2 Blue Knob Road Nimbin, NSW
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th May open 9-5pm – (lunch at 11.30-2.30pm)
Join us for a delightful day at the Nimbin Bush Theatre Café located within the Old Butter Factory on the banks of Mulgum Creek. Enjoy a 3-course lunch utilising produce from our garden. In addition, we have invited 2 members of our food community to provide insight into food production and product development.
A local musician will entertain guests during the event.
10. Nimbin Valley Dairy
392 Tuntable Falls Rd, Nimbin, NSW 2480
11 am and 2 pm, Saturday / 11 am only Sunday
A tasting of the Nimbin Valley cheese range, a cheese talk and farm tour.
Enjoy a brief overview of cheese production, cheese types and an explanation of the Australian artisan cheese industry in the context of the major cheese production regions and styles of the world. We will describe the techniques of formal cheese tasting through our range of cheeses made on farm. With lots of time for questions and answers the event will be informative and fun. The tasting experience will also include a range of selected local produce to enhance the local experience. Don’t have a big breakfast or lunch before you arrive!
Kids can enjoy a sausage sandwich, a Bowl of NVD yogurt and fruit along with a farm tour.
11. Bush Tucker Food Experience & Mullum Farmers Market
Brunswick Valley Heritage Park, Maslen Arboretum, Mullumbimby 2482
Friday markets from 7am-11am and tour 8am
The Harvest Food Trail will be offering a little taster on Friday 5th May 2023. You will be able to learn all about foraging, cooking and growing Australian Native Foods with three of the most formidable and talented local women. As well as experience the famous Mullumbimby Farmers Market – which showcases the region’s finest local producers and artisan products. Visit the Farmers Market to experience cooking demonstrations or book into the tour.
The Bush Tucker Food Experience is a collaboration with:
• Auntie Delta Kay (Explore Byron Bay – Delta Kay, an Arakwal Bundjalung woman is passionate about sharing Aboriginal culture) • explorebyronbay.com.au
• Mindy Woods (KarKalla Restuarant – Masterchef Winner & first Indigenous Female Chef Hat Winner ) • karkalla.com.au
• Rebecca Barnes (Playing With Fire – 23 years experience with bush tucker foods and Rural Women’s Runner Up of the Year Award 2017) • playingwithfire.com.au
• Mullumbimby Farmers Market (delicious magazines ‘Most Outstanding Farmers Market in Australia’) mullumfarmersmarket.org.au
12. Santos Organics
51 – 53 Burringbar St, Mullumbimby 2482 / 105 Jonson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Saturday 11am – 2pm • Drop-ins welcome.
The Santos Organics stores in Byron town AND Mullumbimby
are elated to announce our Farm-to-Plate cafe experience in partnership with Conscious Ground. We’ll tantalise your tastebuds with an organic seasonal sample plate at a value price. We’ll also host some of our favourite local producers and artisans offering free tastes of our region’s finest treats and eats. Drop in, have some fun and nourish yourself with some wholehearted goodness.
13. Australia’s Manuka
Hanger 5, Old Brunswick Road, Tyagarah 2481
Saturday 6th May 10am to 2pm
At the Honey Farm, in Tyagarah, come learn about natures antibiotic and superfood; Manuka Honey. Experience honey tastings and tips on how to use Australia’s Manuka Honey for skin care, health and first aid care. Farm Store open to purchase Manuka and Seasonal Honey.
14. The Farm & Three Blue Ducks
The Farm, 11 Ewingsdale Road
Sunday 7th 9:30am - 12pm
A unique behind the scenes tour of The Farm to learn about our sustainable farming practices, including a walk through our syntropic farming system. Our passionate growers have transformed an acre of pasture, into a diverse, abundant food forest that produces annual vegetables, fruit, nut and timber trees, as well as supports the local wildlife and ecosystem function. Following the tour, enjoy a tasting of seasonal produce from the food forest, pastries from Bread Social and coffee from Three Blue Ducks.
15. Stone & Wood and 100 Mile Table
100 Centennial Circuit. Byron Bay
Sat & Sun Open from 12pm – 6pm
Northern Rivers Brewers, Stone & Wood, in partnership with local foodie legends, 100 Mile Table, invites you to their Byron Brewery for their Beers & Bites experience. Enjoy a tapas-style menu full of juicy, local ingredients matched perfectly with fresh and fabulous beers. No bookings required.
16. Barrio Byron Bay
Habitat Precinct, 1 Porter Street, Byron Bay 2481
Join us in the courtyard for a special barbecue event featuring local pork from Bangalow Sweet Pork. Bangalow Sweet Pork has the very simple aim to produce the best quality & best tasting Pork in Australia, while Barrio brings people together through the experience of food with an emphasis on local, seasonal, ethically-sourced produce, seamlessly reflecting Byron Bay’s ethos Pulling the two together enjoy BBQ pork neck and coleslaw rolls and Pork ribs, with Oomite glaze
17. Lord Byron Distillery
Unit 16, 4 Banksia Drive, Byron Bay 2481
Lord Byron Distillery would love to invite you to drop in and visit our family owned distillery to taste our world class rums that are distilled and aged right here in the heart of Byron Bay along with a special food pop-up. Choose either a tasting paddle with a selection of three spirits from our huge range of products or a delicious cocktail expertly mixed by our skilled staff. We’ve opened a new tiki-themed cellar door, where you can enjoy your drinks at the bar, in our lounge area or on the grass outside whilst watching the world go by. No bookings required.
80 St Helena Rd McLeods Shoot NSW
Sat 10.00 -11.00 & 11.30-12.30 - 35pax per session
Enjoy a coffee, morning tea and tour among the macadamia orchards, hosted by Brookfarm. Taste our gourmet products and be entertained and inspired by CoFounders Pam and Martin Brook, on the regenerative transformation of the Brook family farm. Witness the flourishing local biodiversity, and the positive impact it has had on the production of nutritious gourmet muesli, granola, premium nuts and snacks, in an environmentally responsible way.
19. Cape Byron Distillery
80 St Helena Road, McLeods Shoot 2479
Saturday May 6th 10:45am - 6:00pm Sunday May 7th 10:45am - 6:00pm
Cape Byron Distillery invites you to enjoy an afternoon of spirits, music, friends, and food. Our unique tour & tasting experiences will be running all weekend. Explore the rainforest with a Brookie’s G&T in hand or taste our whisky amongst aging barrels. Samburger will be slinging delicious burgers all Saturday.
20. Forest Byron Bay
Forest Byron Bay (77-97 Broken Head Rd Byron Bay)
Saturday 6 May from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
On Saturday, 6 May join us in Forest for a long, lazy lunch that will hero the mouth-watering Bangalow Sweet Pork. Each of the three-courses will be paired with a curated range of wines.
21. Common People Brewing CO
9 Dudgeons Lane, Bangalow 2479
Sunday 7th May 12pm - 2pm
Three course set menu with paired beers or wines Including brewery tour and food introduction Join Common People and The Brewer’s Kitchen for a specially designed Harvest Food Trail set menu. This year, we are showcasing the Pigface plant that grows along our stunning coastline and we have brewed a Pigface Gose style beer especially for the Trail, with thanks to Pocket Herbs. You can enjoy a thoughtfully curated menu of three delicious courses with perfectly paired beers or wines.
22. Zentvelds Coffee Farm and Roastery
193 Broken Head Road, Newrybar 2479
Saturday 8am–3pm. Farm tours on the hour, beginning at 9am and finishing at 2pm
Plan your coffee time at an actual coffee farm. You will be served ou rare as can be Zero Mile & Matilda 100% grown on farm, exclusive to the Trail! Enjoy full Barista service with pastries on the deck or picnic on the lawn, or take your coffee, choc or chai on tour. Find out how we farm with nature and take a guided walk through our coffee rows and cover crops taking in nature.
23. Harvest Newrybar
18-22 Old Pacific Highway, Newrybar 2479
Sunday 7 May
Join us this year for a truly special dining experience at Harvest Newrybar, where we will be celebrating the best produce in the region with a set menu lunch in our charming 100+-year-old farmhouse-converted restaurant. With a reliance on our historic wood-fired oven and only the finest locally sourced ingredients. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to indulge in the flavors of the region in an exceptional setting.
24. Duck Creek Macadamias
145 Brooklet Road, Newrybar 2479
Operating for 30 years, we pride ourselves on being 100% Australian owned and operated and have built a reputation of being one of Australia’s finest producers of premium macadamia products. Being truly “of and from the farm”, we grow, chocolate coat and flavour our delicious macadamias. Come and experience some of life’s true delicacies. We are offering a special Harvest Food Trail Experience with free tastings.
Our farm gate store will be open with products available for purchase.
25. Misty Creek Agroforestry
2 Pearce Rd Booyong
SUNDAY 2:30pm - 3pm Farm tour (max 20 pax) – 3-4pm farm grown charcoal BBQ (max 40 pax, either doing earlier or later farm tour) 4 - 4.30pm Farm tour (max 20 pax)
What is Misty Creek Agroforestry? A beautiful agriculture that is ecologically, economically and socially sound. Our agroecology is built around our ‘Tree Range’ chickens, so named as they live in our biodiverse agroforestry. This helps return our land to a version of the subtropical forest it once was. Join us for a picnic BBQ of farm grown chicken & produce amongst the trees, a farm tour and a discussion on regenerative agriculture with owners Tom & Nicole
26. Dhezi Deli
87 Coleman Street, Bexhill NSW 2480
6 & 7 May 2023 (8am until 4pm)
Dhezi Deli would love to invite you to experience an endless waterfall of exquisite cheeses and gourmet delights from the local area and around the world. Allow us to take you on a journey and share in the wonder and joy of activating your sensors to life’s finer things. Curated with love and tailor made for your pleasure, we seek to pair and provide a unique selection of complimentary products from our treasure trove of cheeses, pickled vegetables, olives, salami’s, prosciutto and truffle products, binding your tastebuds to each products history/ unique story. We cannot wait to share this journey/experience with you.
27. Stockpot Kitchen
133 Molesworth St Lismore
We will offer our usual service from 11.30-2pm on Saturday and then will be closed for a ticketed event on Saturday night.
A WHOLE HOG HO DOWN. A whole pig sourced from local farmer Cromwell farms, will be smoked on site with a feast of sides sourced from our farm garden and locally. The event will be a buffet style family backyard BBQ with local band “The Linelockers” playing 3 sets throughout the evening to get that ho down feeling flowing. Drinks will include Local shrub maker “Pywackets Shrubs” along with Local alcohol, Brookies Gin, Winding road distillery and seven mile brewing exclusively.
28. Marquis Macadamias
432 Wardell Rd, Alstonville
Avilla farm will be open from 10-3 on Sunday May 7
Join Marquis Macadamias and Avilla Farm for an unforgettable farm tour experience. Learn about the cultivation and harvesting of macadamias while enjoying the natural beauty of Avilla Farm. Taste and purchase premium Marquis macadamias and Avilla Farm’s luxurious skincare products, made with the same care and attention to quality as Marquis Macadamias’ delicious nuts. No cost or ticketing.
29. Five Sixty Farms
560 Bruxner Hwy, S. Gundurimba, NSW 2480
An Organic Experience !!
Five Sixty Farms is a Australian Certified Organic Micro Farm situated on the Wilson River of Lismore Shire.
We specialise in Microgreens, Edible Flowers and also care for 3 acres of Vegetable Market Gardens. Our focus is Traditional farming utilising the natural elements to produce nutrient dense foods that are pure and better for you.
We invite you to an event for the senses. Our local stars “”Secret Chef Catering “” will be creating lunch utilising on site products and locally sourced organic/grassfed proteins.
An informative look into Microgreens will be hosted by Director Pepe Fassos. Our goal – to educate on the benefits of organic food and the scientifically proven studies of potency that Microgreens offer for inner wellbeing.
*Products will be available for sale.
30. Sunshine Sugar Clift Sugarcane Farm
35 Frame Rd, South Gundurimbah 2480
Ben is a 7th generation Aussie farmer (3rd generation in cane) and his farm “New Kunghurloo” situated on the Richmond River currently grows 190ha of sugar cane, 50ha soybeans and 20ha pecans. The rest is used for cattle grazing and nature conservation. Meet Ben, his wife Johanna and father David on- farm for a firsthand introduction to the NSW sugar industry. Get up close to some of the key farming machinery and equipment used in modern-day cane farming and walk amongst the sugarcane and soybean crops on the farm. Note: This is a working property, so please wear covered, flat shoes suitable for walking on uneven ground. Refreshments and amenities are available on site.
31. Casino Farmers Market
Crawford Square (aka the Skate Park), South Casino NSW 2470
Saturday 8am – Midday
Join us at the Casino Lion’s Farmers Market to experience some of the fabulous foods, flowers and fun that the Richmond Valley has to offer. Have a chat with our farmers and artisans while sampling a range of their products as local musicians showcase their talents. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and discover the pleasure and benefits of shopping at a Farmer’s market.
32. Gracemere Farmstead
650 Fogwells Rd, Yorklea NSW 2470
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May with a farm tour from 3pm to 5pm followed by the opportunity to purchase farm produce.
Observe the benefits of the regular moving of our different animals – horses, chickens, ducks, donkeys, sheep, goats, cows, geese, pigs and more). Smile as you watch the pigs play and roll in the mud. Find out the difference between meat chickens and layer chickens. Observe the goats and sheep eating happily. See the cute baby donkeys. Cuddle a baby chick. Visit the egg laying caravan. So much to see and do!
33. Mongogarie Olives
1310 Mongogarie Rd, Mongogarie via Casino.
Sunday 7 May from 9am to 4pm
Visit family owned olive grove, with 1,300 olive trees producing extra virgin olive oil, table olives and olive tapenade. The grove was established in 1996, drawing on the owners southern Italian heritage to grow and produce their olive products. The farm gate stall will be open with products for tasting and purchase. Visitors are welcome to wander through the olive grove.
34. Sugar Beach Ranch
259 Keith Hall Ln, South Ballina NSW 2478
Sunday 7th May 2-6pm
Come and join the team at Sugar Beach Ranch for a fun-
filled afternoon with a special performance by ‘The Buckley’s’. Tickets include access to the ranch, a delicious plate by The Gin Experience and a Welcome Drink from Winding Road Distillery. The Gin Experience Plate – tamarind glazed chicken with coriander lime chilli reduction and a gluten free crunchy noodle salad. Winding Road – Citrus & Sea Gin & Tonic. Additional drinks available for purchase. BYO picnic rug, umbrella and chairs.
35. Richmond Mushrooms
Woodburn-Evans Head Rd, Doonbah, NSW 2473
CANCELLED DUE TO CROP DELAYS
CANCELLED DUE TO CROP DELAYS
Enjoy a tour of a commercial mushroom farm, nestled on the edge of the Bundjalung National Park. The tour will be led by owners Matt & Kylie O’Reilly. The farm grows Agaricus bisporus (white mushrooms) from babies to large flats. There are six grow rooms producing between 1.5mt to 2.0mt per week. They pick, pack and deliver six days a week from Yamba to Tweed Head. The farm is fully certified under Freshcare, HARPS & Fair Farms.
36. Sunshine Sugar Walsh Sugarcane Farm
Old Ferry Rd, Swan Bay 2471. Farm entrance will be marked with a Sunshine Sugar flag
Marty and his father Tom are fifth and fourth generation respectively in the Walsh farming family. Collectively, they farm some 440 hectares of sugarcane around the Woodburn and Wardell area. Meet Marty on-farm for a firsthand introduction to the NSW sugar industry which has been a thriving in the Northern Rivers for over 150 years. Get up close to some of the key farming machinery and equipment used in modern-day cane farming and walk amongst the sugarcane and soybean crops on the farm.
Note: This is a working property, so please wear covered, flat shoes suitable for walking on uneven ground. Amenities may not be available on site.
37. Sunshine Sugar McFarlane Sugarcane Farm
Houghs Ln, Woodford Island 2463. Farm entrance will be marked with a Sunshine Sugar flag.
Alister and Helen own and farm some 240 hectares of land on Woodford Island, the largest inland island in the Southern Hemisphere, working with their full time Farm Manager, Luke Moloney. The sugarcane, when harvested is sent to the nearby Harwood Sugar Mill. Meet Alister, Helen and Luke on-farm for a firsthand introduction to the NSW sugar industry. Get up close to some of the key farming machinery and equipment used in modern-day cane farming and walk amongst the sugarcane and soybean crops on the farm.
Note: This is a working property, so please wear covered, flat shoes suitable for walking on uneven ground. Amenities may not be available on site.
NRF are pleased to announce sponsorship support for our upcoming Harvest Food Trail this year includes: