Get ready for those taste buds to be dancing once again when Sample Food Festival returns to the Bangalow Showgrounds on Saturday 7th September 2024!

This year we will be returning to the main circle of the showground to champion our regions talented chefs, producers, distillers, brewers and artisans. Gather your friends and savour the flavours of Northern New South Wales all in one place this Spring.


Pre-sale tickets are now on sale for our 12th Annual Festival including the addition of a reserved table ticket that guarantees a table for up to eight with shade in the bar area. The popular picnic tickets will be available again for groups of up to six and include festival entry and a reserved picnic spot in the bar area on a Wandering Folk picnic rug.

Sample Food Festival’s littlest foodies will be able to enjoy a safe and fun dedicated kids area featuring collaborative art projects, sensory activities and take-home crafts.

Ticket prices remain the same as previous years as well as free onsite parking. We want to offer our community an affordable and fun day out to eat local, shop local and relax. We will also be keeping tasting plates at $5- $15.

Keep checking your inbox and following us on socials to see our full line-up of restaurants, workshops and events to be announced in the coming weeks.


Festival Director Rose Taylor said this year’s event is all about getting together with your loved ones and having a good time…

“You know those friends you haven’t seen for far too long and that list of restaurants you haven’t been to but have been talking about for ages? …Well we have pulled a bunch of these restaurants together from Bruno’s down in Bellingen to Bonito Peruvian Eatery in Wollongbar amongst many other returning favourites and newly opened restaurants, twisted their arm into picking their favourite dishes from their menu and serving them up for $5-$15 so you and your favourite humans can all catch up in the most beautiful Showground and eat, laugh and be inspired until your tummies and hearts are full! We promise it’ll be packed with beautiful memories, effortless fun, and new experiences that will remind you why the Northern Rivers in Spring may just be the best place in the world.”  

Our full list of restaurants will be announced soon and we will also be showcasing the region’s award-winning distilleries, brewers and wine curators including Lord Byron Distillery, Brookies Gin, Birds of Isle, Stone and Wood, Little Dragon and The Cellar.

Our full cooking stage program will also be revealed in the coming weeks but we can let you know that the Northern Rivers Food My Mayor Rules will be returning to the Sample Food Festival cooking stage this year! Get ready for a good time when two local mayors are paired up with local chefs and challenged to prepare the winning dish using a mystery box of local ingredients!

Our major festival partner Norco will also be entertaining us with their Cape Byron Ultimate Scoop Competition as well as offering the Cape Byron Lounge, a space for festival attendees to relax in and enjoy some tasty treats.


The Sample Food Festival 2024 event program will kick off with the Fabulous Wine Ladies Soiree’ with Raidis Estate Wines on Thursday 29th August. The event will be held at the award-winning Forest Byron Bay restaurant by Crystalbrook and include a five-course dinner and matching wines. Forest will also be coming to the Sample Food Festival to serve up their unique take on farm to table fare featuring local and sustainably sourced ingredients. 

We have some exciting events in the works for Sample Food Festival 2024 so watch this space!










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