Sample Food Festival

A Taste Of Northern New South Wales

Sample a taste of Northern New South Wales, is the premier food event for Northern NSW. It takes place on the 1st Saturday in September at the Bangalow Showgrounds, in the Byron Bay hinterland.

Since our debut festival in 2011, farmers, producers, chefs and a whole range of creative individuals from all corners of the region, have come together to share their wares, their passion and their knowledge.

Each year foodies from far and wide have the opportunity to “sample” the best food and beverage, Northern New South Wales has to offer.

The region’s top restaurants compete for the coveted “Gold Fork” awards and collaborate on a special luncheon.


Sample Food Festival 2018



Whether you are a beginner or already confident with your camera, this workshop will help you build your confidence and create stunning food images.

Fab Ladies Wine Soiree

The Fabulous Ladies Wine Society is hosting a sensational five course menu matched perfectly with Irvines Wines at the luxurious Byron at Byron.


Learn how to develop ideas that food editors will love and craft compelling stories for publication with food and travel journalist Justin Bergman.

Sample Festival Lunch

The tradition “Sample Lunch” at the Bangalow Showgrounds, menu by Shannon Bennett & the Vue de Monde Team


The cornerstone of our Sample Program, Tasting Plates from the region’s Top Restaurants, Celebrity Guests, over 150 Producers and Lifestyle Exhibitors.

Sample Food Festival News

Sample 2016 Date Announced

September 3rd is the date for the sixth annual Sample Food Festival. Bangalow Showground is the vibrant place where Sample will be again. A showcase of local Chefs cooking a $5 and $10 tasting plate, farmers, growers, producers and a selection of local creatives make...

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