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.
The 9th Annual Sample Food Festival will be held on Saturday 7th September 2019 at the Bangalow Showground. $5 entry at the gate. Kids Free. Free Parking all day onsite.
2019 Market Stall Applications Are Open!
SAMPLE 2019 LAUNCH DINNER
The Bangalow Hotel present a very special three course dinner featuring local produce with matching Lord Byron Distillery Cocktails. Bookings Essential via Bangalow Dining Room – Ph: 02 6687 1144
SAMPLE 2019 LUNCH
Menu featuring foraged ingredients, cooked with fire & prepared by a line-up of innovative chefs. 6 courses and matching wines by ArtWine, Stone & Wood brews, Treehouse Cider. Coffee by Botero.
FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY & STYLING - MOBILE
Learn how to take beautiful food photos with your phone camera in a hands-on workshop with acclaimed food photographer Fran Flynn. Includes delicious catered lunch.
FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY & STYLING - SLR
Learn how to take beautiful food photos with your SLR camera in a hands-on workshop with acclaimed food photographer Fran Flynn. Includes delicious catered lunch.
The cornerstone of our Sample Program, Tasting Plates from the region’s Top Restaurants, Cooking Stage, over 150 Producers and Lifestyle Exhibitors, Pop-up bars, Live Music & Kids Entertainment.
Bundjalung Ballina GMARS Weaving Circles
Join members and friends of the Bundjalung Ballina GMARS where you will learn how to weave baskets with traditional fibres such as pandanus and lomandra, in a series of introductory 90 minute weaving circles.
FORAGING TOUR + MASTERCLASS
Discover how to harvest and preserve the wild ingredients in your own backyard with pioneering forager and wild food researcher of 40 years Peter Hardwick.
Sample Food Festival News
Sample 2019 latest news! SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT BOTERO COFEEE Good coffee is expected in tourist hubs like Byron Bay, however as you venture south into the heart of the quaint village of Maclean, you may be surprised to find the Botero Roastery, responsible for some of the...read more
After such a memorable event last year, we are thrilled that the Fab Ladies Wine Soiree is back!! Join Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society founder Jane Thomson and Judy Kelly of ArtWine Estate, 6:30pmon Thursday 5th September at Barrio in Byron Bay for an evening of...read more
Just a week ago, we announced that celebrity chef Matt Moran will be joined by Federico Zanellato (LuMi Dining) and Luca Ciano as guest chefs at Sample Food Festival 2019. Today, we are back to announce our highly anticipated program of events and workshops for...read more
Food lovers rejoice! We are thrilled to announce that some of Australia's best chefs will be joining us at the ninth annual Sample Food Festival to be held at the Bangalow Showgrounds on Saturday 7th September 2019! It is an absolute honour to be welcoming celebrity...read more
Foodie Heaven at Sample Food Festival 2018! It was a perfect spring day as the Bangalow Showgrounds transformed into foodie heaven on Saturday 1st September for the 16,000 + attendees of Sample Food Festival 2018. This was the eighth...read more
Norco is a name synonymous with the Northern Rivers, the home of Sample Food Festival and we are honoured to have them as a festival sponsor. You can sample their award winning milk or purchase their flavoured milks at the Norco van at #SampleFoodFest...read more