Rivers' fare for Christmas feasts

IF you’re looking for a local feast for Christmas, you’re in luck.

Some local goodies – like organic turkeys – have almost been snapped up by Northern Rivers residents looking to spoil themselves this year.

But there’s still time to stock up on seafood, Christmas puddings, macadamias and more.

“We’ll be delivering right up until Christmas time,” Father Mac’s Heavenly Christmas Puddings co-ordinator Beverley Crethar said.

“Once it gets to Christmas we tend to lose count of how many puddings we sell, but it would easily be more than a 1000.”

A 1.6kg Father Mac pudding – enough to feed all the relatives – sells for $30, while a smaller, gluten-free version is $19.50.

Of course before you get to dessert, there’s nibbles, entrees and mains to get your teeth into.

You could always start with a few wasabi macadamias or, if you’re more of a sweet tooth, the honey-roasted version of the tasty treats.

“I am a bit of a fan of the wasabi myself,” Brooklet macadamia grower Greg Smith said.

“But you can’t really beat a dark chocolate macadamia either.”

Move on to some oysters from the Brunswick River you can buy at Bangalow Growers’ Markets, along with what co-ordinator Donald Recsei said was a bumper crop of salad greens this year.

“Other best sellers for Christmas include strawberries, exotic capsicums, paw paws, papayas and sausages from Hayters Hill,” he said.

The markets will be open Friday to cater for last-minute trade.

Opes Restaurant and Bar head chef Sam Mortonsaid a green salad with mango and macadamia nuts was delicious with a roast at this time of year.

Byron Bay butcher Trevor Mead said local beef was a popular option for Christmas Day – rib eye fillet, at $35 a kg, or rib roasts.

Smoked salmon, at $34.75 a kg, is also in high demand, Coral Foods’ Andrew Rudd said, even though it comes from Tasmania.

For something closer to home, try the fresh snapper fillets at $38 a kg, from Brunswick-Byron Fishermen’s Co-operative Ltd, or buy a whole snapper for $17 and bake it in the oven.

Northern Rivers Food Links project manager Sam Mullersaid everything you wanted was right here in the Northern Rivers.

“Think turkey, duck, rabbit, cheese, nuts, even tofu ... there’s nothing that people living on the Northern Rivers could want for,” she said.


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