Today we are really excited to share our music and workshop program for the 10th Anniversary Sample Food Festival with you all! Soul powerhouse Ngaiire headlines our music announcement alongside some of the region’s best musicians. We also have announced our workshop series for this year’s festival. Keep reading to find out why the 10th Annual Sample Food Festival on Saturday 3rd September 2022 at the Bangalow Showgrounds is going to be the best one yet!

Known for her boisterous costuming, stellar vocal force, tight beats and big brave pop sounds, former Lismore resident Ngaiire is a musical force of nature. Drawing on her experiences growing up in Papua New Guinea, Ngaiire has a career that crosses genre and art form. Her work has seen her grace the Glastonbury stage, tour nationally alongside artists as varied as Flume, Sufjan Stevens and Alicia Keys and receive multiple awards, most recently the inaugural Australian Women In Music Award for Creative Excellence.

Sample Food Festival attendees will get a taste of Byron Bay based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mikey Bryant aka MT WARNING’s new album set for release later this year.

MT will bring a stripped back version of the band for the set at Sample Food Festival, focusing on soaring vocals and the discerning songwriting they are known for whilst still bringing the joy of the forthcoming record to the stage. Listen out for their new sunny single titled “Hey Hi”.

Mullumbimby’s Old Man River is the internationally acclaimed Retro-Pop-Rock vehicle for producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Ohad Rein.

His 4th studio album titled ‘Mid Life Crisis’ pays homage to some of his greatest influences such as Brian Wilson, George Harrison and Kanye West.

Influenced by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Laura Marling and Gillian Welch, Gold Coast’s indie-folk songstress Naomi Connell is following in their steps with songs that carry a richness of strength and vulnerability.

Brodie Buttons brings to the fore an essence of our land that has been largely drowned out by the hum of progress and modernity. With an earnest yet jovial presence, he shares an intimacy and perspective that engages both young and old, and leaves audiences with that timeless kind of yearning for the simplicity of yesteryear.

Mel Scarlett is one of those voices who bleeds like a sunset and grinds like a rusty wagon wheel. Emotional and intimate yet cheeky and wild, Mel sings the blues the way it was written.


With Wild Foods Foraging expert Peter Hardwick

DATE: Saturday 3rd September 2022
LOCATION: Meet at the cooking stage at Sample Food Festival, Bangalow Showgrounds.
TIME: 2pm (Sold Out) 12noon (just announced)
PRICE: $40+bf per person


With Bundjalung Ballina GMARS

DATE: Saturday 3rd September 2022
LOCATION: Sample Food Festival, Bangalow Showgrounds.
TIME: 10am 


With Bundjalung Ballina GMARS

DATE: Saturday 3rd September 2022
LOCATION: Sample Food Festival, Bangalow Showgrounds.
TIME: 1:30pm

Nick Pearce, recipe creator for the popular Instagram @recipearce is also coming to Sample Food Festival this year!

The wild deer workshop will involve Fair Game Wild Venison teaching participants how to break down and prepare a wild deer whilst Nick Pearce uses the wild game meat to prepare some easy and delicious meals.

This workshop is open to all Sample Food Festival 2022 attendees. Times will be announced closer to the festival.


With Nick Pearce and Fair Game Wild Venison

DATE: Saturday 3rd September 2022
LOCATION: Sample Food Festival, Bangalow Showgrounds.
Open to all festival attendees. 


$5 + Booking Fee

Please note in the event of a cancellation or postponement, tickets will be refundable or transferable

Child – 16 years and under.
Must be accompanied by an adult.
Valid concession/student card may need to be shown at event gate.


$80 + Booking Fee

This ticket includes entry for up to six people and Wandering Folk picnic rug hire at a guaranteed picnic spot within the restaurant precinct. Umbrella hire also available (VERY LIMITED). Rug and umbrella hire only available for the session. 

Lord Byron Distillery Cocktail Menu Reveal!

Sample Food Festival sponsors Lord Byron Distillery have just revealed their drinks menu for this year’s festival and we can’t wait to try these! Lord Byron Distillery values the importance of knowing where our food comes from and they make their drinks in Byron Bay from ingredients predominately grown and sourced in the region. Check them out for yourself at the festival this year!

Introducing The Kind Coffee Co.

Introducing our Cold Brew Coffee festival partners The KIND Coffee Co. They will be serving up their delicious organic cold brew while the rest of the KIND Crew will be handing out free samples of their new killer cold brew in a can!

The KIND Coffee Co. is born and brewed in Murwillumbah. Founders Trev and Jules established the business when they took the plunge and ditched their corporate lifestyles full of stress and daily grind (like what we did there). Their vision is simple, provide kick arse coffee, support community, be sustainable and do as much KIND as possible. Why? Because great coffee is a MUST and it’s cool to be KIND.

Drop by and see them at Sample Food Festival, it’s going to be fun!


North Wall Brewing Co. and Kombi Keg Byron Bay are teaming up to bring some delicious beverages to Sample Food Festival this year! They will be serving a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages featuring their huge selection of kombucha’s and Brookie’s Dry Gin. Stay tuned to our socials for the full menu reveal!

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