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.

While we remain hopeful of holding our 2020 events, we will follow all Government guidelines and regulations. We will provide further updates as information becomes available.


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.

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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...

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Sample 2018 officially launches on Thursday with the first Le Cordon Bleu workshop at the Byron at Byron. The wining and dining continues through to the pinnacle event, the 8th Annual Sample Food Festival presented by Gold Coast Airport on Saturday 1st...

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