Spring is now in full swing, and what better way to spend it than celebrating at a local food festival? The residents of Bangalow rejoiced at Winter’s end by way of the sixth annual Sample Food Festival, held at Bangalow Showground over the weekend.
Visitors travelled from far and wide to attend, and the day put on a glorious burst of sunshine that saw thousands filing in through the gates. This year’s festival drew the likes of celebrity Chefs and restaurateurs, renowned native ingredient foragers, regional Mayors and even international movie stars – yes, even Chris Hemsworth and his family were spied among the cheerful crowd.
“We love coming here for the huge collection of local farmers, growers [and] great regional Chefs promoting sustainable produce. It’s also a great place to bring the kids.” commented Chris Hemsworth.
Festival-goers enjoyed the day perusing through the wares of 200 stallholders, offering fresh produce and delectable cuisines, with food stalls giving particular focus to showcasing indigenous ingredients alongside stalls displaying artisan handmade products and all sorts of collectibles and clothing.
Cooking demonstrations wowed audiences with Chefs like Chrissy Freer who created a tuna tataki with ponzu dressing and fresh beetroot leaf and avocado salad from her latest cookbook in under 20 minutes, and Kate Walsh demonstrating a variety of techniques to get the most use out of locally grown macadamias.
Other highlights included the First Food Co. hosting indigenous inspired cooking demonstrations with the North Coast Tafe students and the day’s grand finale, two rounds of the My Mayor Rules cook-off with local Mayors and Chefs going head-to-head to create delicious dishes from a selection of local ingredients.
Source: Forage and Feast