LAUNCHING BOOMERANG: back- Harvest Café owner Tristan Grier, Bluesfest Director Peter Noble, Boomerang Festival director Rhoda Roberts. Front: Belle Budden, Delta Kay and Dinewan.
LAUNCHING BOOMERANG: back- Harvest Café owner Tristan Grier, Bluesfest Director Peter Noble, Boomerang Festival director Rhoda Roberts. Front: Belle Budden, Delta Kay and Dinewan. Christian Morrow

Boomerang food, country and culture fundraiser

TWO of the region's most acclaimed restaurants, Harvest Cafe and Three Blue Ducks, are coming together to stage a one-off dining experience to raise funds for the Boomerang Festival.

The Ducks and Harvest teams will present Ja Nghari - Bundjalung for Food Gathering next Friday, March 18 at Coorabell Hall.

Ja Nghari will be a celebration of food and country, with a special focus on indigenous culture.

Harvest owner Tristan Grier and Three Blue Ducks Principles Jeff Bennett and Darren Robertson have joined forces to be two of the first local businesses to become First Friends of Boomerang, equally contributing to a cause they both passionately believe in.

Ja Nghari will include canapés on arrival, and a three course menu inspired by local native ingredients personally foraged by the chefs themselves lead by Australia's only Indigenous hatted chef and Bundjalung man, Clayton Donovan from Wild Kitchen on SBS.

Guests will be treated to a unique culinary journey, and a culturally rich program featuring a multi-media introduction to the menu by head chefs Darren Robertson and Bret Cameron, and an In Conversation session with Boomerang Festival Director Rhoda Roberts, Tweed Shire Council Aboriginal, Community and Natural Resources Manager, Rob Appo, Darren Robertson and Bret Cameron, followed by a feature musical performance from East Journey from Arnhem Land.

The evening will be hosted by leading food and lifestyle journalist Magdalena Roze (Channel Ten, Delicious Magazine).

2016 Byron Shire Citizen of the Year Delta Kay will welcome guests to Country and local performer Dhinawan will treat guests on arrival to a didgeridoo performance.

The event aims to raise money to stage this year's Boomerang Festival at a dedicated space within Bluesfest, with the ultimate goal of Boomerang becoming a self-sustaining stand-alone event once again.

Ja Inghari is on Friday, March 18 starting at 6.30pm at Coorabell Hall. Tickets at $180 per head include canapés on arrival, three-course dinner, all beverages and entertainment. There's a limit of 80 seats and, with profits going to Boomerang Festival, there are no free tickets. For festival information, go to boomerang festival.com.au. Bookings: https://events. bizzabo.com/boomerang.


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