It’s time to announce the four spectacular chefs attending this year’s Fab Ladies Wine Soiree, who will be preparing your five-course menu, paired with eight matching ArtWine wines!

The wonderful Luca CianoHeidi.Flora and Alexandra Jones will be joining Barrio’s Francisco Smoje for this evening of great food, wine, discussion and giveaways on Thursday 5th September 2019 at Barrio, Byron Bay.

Always a popular event on the #SampleFoodFest program, make sure you book your tickets early for this fabulous night out with your hosts; The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society founder Jane Thomson and Judy Kelly of ArtWine.


Barrio’s own head chef, Francisco Smoje is known for his Argentinian influenced, ethically focused food.

Now an integral part of the food community around Byron Bay, his key philosophy is knowing your food provenance and he spends time getting to know local growers, producers and farmers – many of whom he now calls friends.

Because, for Francisco, cooking is even more satisfying when you know who has grown your food and what farm it comes from.


Luca Ciano was born and raised in Milan and his 20+ career includes working at the famous two Michelin Star restaurant, Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia in Milan.

Luca is passionate about regional Italian gastronomy and showcasing the diversity of Italian cuisine.

He currently consults to restaurants, magazines and Italian brands around the world. He also has his own Italian inspired food range.


Heidi.Flora is a wholefoods plant based chef who specialises in desserts and cakes. 

Her passion lies in producing food that is organic, pesticide free or biodynamic and also using ingredients with no added preservatives, additives or colours.

She completed four levels of culinary training at the famed PlantLab in New York – and even earned a role as an instructor at the pop-up PlantLab school in Sydney upon her return – before moving to Byron to start her business ‘Heidi.Flora’. 

Heidi spends most of her weeks creating beautiful custom cakes and treats for special occasions!


Alexandra Jones is a wholefoods plant based chef originally from Canberra, ACT. Currently living in Sydney.

Alex has worked in the hospitality industry since she was 14 years old. Together with her immense passion for food and art and all aspects of women’s health and wellbeing has created The Garden of She – a platform to connect through conversation where she also specialises in pop up events collaborating with inspiring women.

Alex will be collaborating on the dessert with Heidi.Flora for this special event. 

Find Treasure at #SampleFoodFest 2019!

This year we are so excited to introduce the Sample Early Bird Forage! Head to the festival early for your chance to score some incredible prizes! We will be announcing the huge selection of prizes up for grabs soon – so stay tuned!! 


With less than one month to go until the ninth annual Sample Food Festival, it’s time to get your accommodation sorted! Sample Partners A Perfect Stay, is a short-term accommodation provider, managing private homes for guest escapes since 2004 and offering a wide range of accommodation to suit all needs. Beginning as Byron Bay Holiday Rentals managing properties in and around the Byron Bay area, the business has since expanded into a national portfolio of over 300 properties across Australia, becoming the brand it is known as today – A Perfect StayClick below for examples of just some of the great accommodation options in our beautiful region from A Perfect Stay

Amileka – Award-winning, solar powered, luxury Byron home
BillaBelongil – Modern, light-filled family home by Belongil Beach
Collective Retreat – charming Bangalow holiday escape
The Palms at Byron – luxury beach house with ocean views of Wategos Beach
Villa St Helena – picturesque Hinterland estate with 25 metre pool

SPECIAL OFFER FOR #SampleFoodFest 2019 PATRONS!!! 

In addition to A Perfect Stay’s existing specials and discounts in place during the weekend of Sample Food Festival 2019, they are offering an extra 5% off selected properties for patrons for this weekend only if you book directly with them. You simply just need to contact them to find out the applicable properties!

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