Wild foods foraging masterclass with Peter Hardwick

The range of wild foods all around us can be very surprising, from edible weeds and native berries to aromatic leaves. With the ever increasing popularity in wild foods there is no better time to learn about the abundant and overlooked wild foods in our neighbourhood from a professional forager.

Join pioneering wild food forager Peter Hardwick in this special Sample Food Festival workshop for a unique one hour foraging walk along the creek and around Bangalow exploring the unusual foods that grow all around us. The forage tour will leave from the Sample Food Festival at the Bangalow Showground.

After the foraging group return, Peter will present the foraged items to two renowned Northern Rivers chefs who will create dishes from the foraged wild ingredients in a not to be missed Sample Food Festival cook-off.

Class sizes are very limited so make sure you book in early for this fascinating masterclass looking into the secretive world of foraging and wild ingredients on your doorstep.


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
PRICE: $40+bf per person

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. 

Sample Food Festival receives funding 

Deputy Premier of NSW Paul Toole and Ministers Dugald Saunders and Ben Franklin came to visit us at Crystalbrook Byron Bay this week to get a taste of Sample Food Festival and announce funding for the festival as part of the NSW Government’s Regional Events Acceleration Fund.

Forest Byron Bay Executive Chef Jordan Staniford led a cooking demonstration featuring some of the region’s best produce and Australian MacadamiasShuck Oysters and Mount Warning Mineral Water showcased their products.

Thank you to everyone involved in the event and to the NSW Government for their support for this year’s Sample Food Festival.


Sample Food Festival supporters Santos Organics is a little shop with a big heart and has been pioneering the organic health and bulk food movement since 1978. Santos Organics is not just a health food store, they are a community hub and 100% Not-for-profit Environmental Social Enterprise, which means, every time you shop with them, you’re shopping for the good of people & planet.

Santos Organics makes conscious shopping easy, sourcing only the best organic food and natural lifestyle products, investing in ethics research, so you don’t have to. Alongside their three vibrant stores and cafes in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby, they also offer customers access to free naturopathic consultations by professional Naturopaths. Santos Organics employs 90+ passionate locals and supports hundreds of local and organic farmers, makers and artisans, helping to strengthen community resilience and local food networks.

Vote with your wallet for a kinder world and make sure you stop by the Santos Organics community hub at Sample Food Festival this year for a freshly brewed local organic coffee by Caldera Coffee, plus healthy and delicious treats. Keep an eye on our socials for more info on what’s to come!


Our festival partners Cape Byron Distillery have truly mastered the art of creating sustainable spirits utilising native Australian botanicals. Cape Byron Distillery, the home of Brookie’s Gin are passionate about rainforest regeneration and minimising impact on the environment. The distillery received the 2020 ‘Sustainable Distillery of the Year’, Icons of Gin Awards as well as an impressive B Corp Certification.

Their core product range consists of two gins, Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin and Brookie’s Byron Slow Gin, as well as a buttery-smooth macadamia nut liqueur, Mac. by Brookie’s. They also offer two premix options, Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin & Tonic with Native Finger Lime and Brookie’s Native Plum Gin Spritz with Mint & Strawberry.

Cape Byron Distillery will also be launching Cape Byron Whisky, their very first single malt whisky very soon! Make sure you stop by the Cape Byron Distillery marquee at Sample Food Festival for a Brookie’s cocktail. Keep an eye on our socials for their cocktail menu this year!

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