The Northern Rivers’ thriving food and beverage scene will be on show with the launch of a new foodie hub at one of the region’s biggest events.
Nourish Food Fest will be held at Norco Primex from May 19-21, and tickets are on sale from Friday, April 8.
Coordinator Remy Tancred said many of the region’s businesses were impacted by the devastating floods, but said this new event was a way for the community to show its support during the critical recovery and rebuilding phase.
“It’s great to be working on Nourish as it lines up with my values as a champion of local produce for the past 20 years,” she said.
“We have so many talented people in this industry on the Northern Rivers, and Nourish will bring us together to celebrate our beautiful region.”
Nourish will take place in a newly created outdoor space under a big food festival marquee, creating a true food festival ambience right in the heart of Primex. This is where visitors will have the opportunity to buy, taste and share local food and drinks.
As the licensed venue hub, there will be a range of craft beverages on offer, and it will also be a place to relax with a plate of delicious food while listening to performances by local musicians.
At the Paddock to Plate Pavilion, food producers and chefs will combine to showcase their artisan skills. The Ballina RSL’s executive chef, Stephen Mills, will conduct cooking demonstrations and invite other local chefs to join him on the kitchen stage.
Ms Tancred said Mr Mills was a highly experienced chef who would bring out the best in local ingredients to create stunning dishes that visitors would be able to sample.
“He’ll share many different techniques throughout the festival, including the nose-to-tail approach, which is all about cooking and farming sustainably,” she said.
Primex director Bruce Wright said he was excited to bring Nourish into the event’s program and expected it to be a huge success.
“We’re very happy to be announcing this new food festival, as it’s something that sits well with us as farmers and foodies. This is another excellent opportunity to celebrate everything to do with our local food, while connecting farmers to chefs and consumers,” he said.
Nourish Food Fest was made possible thanks to funding from the Australian Government for the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program. There is still room for more exhibitors to participate in the inaugural Nourish.