Why gourmands should visit the inaugural Byron Bay Fine Food & Beverage Festival this June

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Rockpool’s chief brand and culinary officer chef Neil Perry AM is set to headline at the gala dinner at the inaugural Byron Bay Fine Food & Beverage Festival. The festival, which will be held on Saturday 3 June 2017 from 11am until 7pm in the grounds of Byron Bay’s award-winning resort, Elements of Byron, includes a line-up of Australia’s top industry artisans, ambassadors and chefs along with leading wineries and beverage companies.

The festival is the first of its kind for Byron Bay and is destined to become one of Australia’s leading foodie events. Set just a stone’s throw from Byron’s beautiful surfing beaches, food-lovers are expected to flock to this premier event as the region is in one of Australia’s top tourist destinations.

Festival Director Remy Tancred says it was quite the coup to get Neil Perry AM on board to cook at the gala dinner as it is – rather interestingly – his first visit to the township of Byron Bay.

Tancred is no stranger to the food festival scene having founded one of the country’s largest and most successful regional food festivals: Sample A Taste of Northern New South Wales. The hugely popular festival, held in the village of Bangalow on the first Saturday in September, is now in its seventh year and attracts more than 17,000 visitors annually.

“While Sample celebrates local, our Byron Bay event will spread the net a bit wider, inviting authentic Australian producers from all over Australia to attend. Pepe Saya Butter will be there as well as olive producers from the far south and vinegar and cheese producers from the far north,” said Tancred. “Our local distillers and Stone & Wood beer will be present alongside 12 of Australia’s best wineries. We are of course also delighted to have 12 of our finest local chefs preparing one signature plate for festival visitors at the gala dinner.”

The festival will include complimentary beverage master classes, led by Jane Thomson, of Fabulous Ladies Wine Society, Eddie from Cape Byron Distillery and Harriet from Husk Distillers. Tancred has also curated a series of master classes for the event led by local chef and author Kate Walsh from Real Food Projects.

5 reasons to visit the inaugural Byron Bay Food and Beverage Festival

  1. To attend a ‘Break Up with Your Supermarket’ course with author of Real Food Projects, Kate Walsh
  2. To learn from chef Luca Ciano during a prosciutto di Parma master class
  3. To churn some butter with Pepe Saya
  4. To mix with the salts of the earth from Olsson Salts
  5. To rub shoulders with big-name chefs in the restaurant marquees

By Carla Grossetti

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