SAMPLE: Katrina Kanetani from Town Cafe will once again be serving up her award winning sweet treats at this year's Sample Food Festival.
SAMPLE: Katrina Kanetani from Town Cafe will once again be serving up her award winning sweet treats at this year's Sample Food Festival. Christian Morrow

Sample of local North Coast food excellence

SAMPLE Food Festival, the yearly celebration of local growers, chefs, and food artisans, is here again.

Starting this Saturday at 8am the picture-postcard town of Bangalow will play host not only to local foodies, but will welcome celebrity guest chefs Adriano Zumbo (Zumbo), Luke Hines (The Paleo Way) Clayton Donovan (Jaaning Tree, Nambucca Heads) James Viles (Biota Dining, Bowral) and Steven Snow (Fins, Kingscliff).

Thirty of the region's best restaurants will offer $5 and $10 tasting plates at this year's event, with food-lovers free to wander the marketplace in between courses to chat with local producers and designers about their wares.

There will be more than 200 exhibitors as well as plenty of cooking demonstrations at the Northern Rivers Food cooking stage.

Kicking off at 8.15am is trainer, celebrity and promoter of healthy living, Luke Hines and his My Kitchen Rules buddy Dan Mulhern. Luke and Dan will demonstrate their favourite breakfast recipes using produce from the Byron Farmers' Market. Providing further entertainment is the competitive TAFE NSW North Coast cooking.

Keeping the children entertained is easy. The Macadamia Castle will bring a host of baby animals for the little ones to pet and feed. And new to the festival this year is the creative cabin, This Old Duck, featuring hands-on, imaginative craft ideas. And in the afternoon, keep an eye out for the ever-vibrant Shorty Brown who will make balloons come to life.

To help cleanse the palate over the day, award-winning local brewery Stone & Wood will offer a range of beers, alongside delectable wines from Cloudy Bay and effervescent Moet and Chandon.

There will also be plenty of non-alcoholic beverages including Madura Tea, Mount Warning Spring Water and the new Organic Drink Co.

Entry is $5 per person and kids are free.


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