Thousands Turn Out for Lismore's Food Festival


Thousands of people turned out at the weekend to celebrate local and global food at the Eat the Street event in Lismore.

The inaugural festival’s variety of food and drink stalls, cooking demonstrations and entertainment attracted a strong crowd to Magellan Street.

Mid-event Remy Tancred, who organised the event for Lismore City Council, declared the day a success.

“To see a lot of these restaurants having to go back to their business to pick up some more food, or create a new plate because they’re run out already, and we’re four hours into the event, so definitely the crowd is above and beyond my expectations today,” she said.

The event offered tasting plates of different flavours from across the world including food from India, Japan, Persia, Mexico, Italy and Africa.

Local produce also took centre stage during the eight-hour fiesta.

“Lismore’s lucky because they’ve got a growers’ market, a farmers’ market and an organic market, so they have all joined forces and come down together today and supplied our cooking stage,” Mr Tancred said.

“We’ve had a couple of great celebrity chefs on stage today and also some local chefs from the local restaurants here and they’ve all been running out to the Lismore Farmers’ Market stand to pick up some produce to cook with, so that’s been great to see too.”

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