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Food Festival showcases our best Food produce, health and lifestyle stalls will fill the Bangalow Showgrounds from 9am on Saturday, 10 September for the Sample Food Festival to ‘celebrate and share the food, restaurants and creativity of the Northern Rivers’. The Festival has been so popular that all restaurant marquees and stalls have sold out and only combined dinner and accommodation packages for the Sample Gala Dinner remain. Places are still available for the cooking classes. The extensive line-up of performers for the festival includes non-stop live entertainment with Kurtis, Kato and Wolf, Eliza McLeod, Ilona Harker and Tres Hombres gracing the entertainment ring. Twenty-two restaurant marquees will serve $5 and $10 tasting plates between 9am and 3pm, with the best of these greeting the Sample judges – Joanna Savill, Barbara Sweeny, Belinda Jeffery and Steven Snow – for the test of who will win the prestigious Golden Fork Award. For only $5 festival goers can tuck into coconut pannacotta with vanilla, pineapple compote and local wild finger limes from Katrina Kanetani at Satiate in Bangalow, salt cod fritters from Adam Smith at Fleurs in Ballina or Vietnamese pork on a Harvest brioche roll from Joe Griffin at Harvest in Newrybar. Cooking and lifestyle demonstrations will be held throughout the day, including Simon Grigalius from My Restaurant Rules, Gavin Hughes from The Byron at Byron Resort, Monique Guterres-Harrison from Seaweed Cuisine, Scott Frost from Seven Mile Restaurant and Phil Dudman and Julie Ray showing us garden-to-kitchen tips. Leah Roland from the Bangalow Cooking School will be joined by Perry Hill from Palate in Lismore, Phil Dudman and

talent and what the season has to offer. It’s a real Spring celebration – interactive, fun and informative,” says Leah Roland. “ B a n g a l o w supports quality festivals, so it’s only fitting that the inaugural Sample Food Festival be held here. The Northern Rivers is growing up, we’ve come to a point where we are noted both nationally and internationally for our exceptional food produce and restaurants. “I am really looking forward to the cooking classes at the Sample Festival. Perry Hill, a wonderful chef who earned his Sydney Morning Herald Chef ’s Hat, will be working with me in the young peoples’ class (nine to 16 years) whilst Julie Ray and Phil Dudman will be assisting with the adult’s class. The classes are very hands-on, and afterwards there is time for eating and enjoying our creations. We are using recipes that people will take home and use,” she adds. The winners of the Golden Fork Award will be announced at the Sample Gala Dinner being held at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa. For festival enquiries, including cooking class bookings, contact Remy Tancred on 0414 925 811 or info@ samplennsw.com.  Caroline Desmond

Regular Saturday Farmers Market stalls will provide fresh local produce. Restaurant marquees will have gourmet tasting plates.

Leah Roland will present special cooking classes with Perry Hill from Palate restaurant

Julie Ray to deliver cooking classes for both young cooks and adults. A class for nine to 16 year olds will be held at 10.30am ($50), with the adult’s class commencing at 12.30pm ($90). “The Sample Festival has brought together local product, local

unexpected guest to attend

The ‘Unexpected Guest’ will also be exhibiting at the Sample Food Festival on 10 September so be sure to head over and taste some of their organic and glutenfree granuesli. Bangalow resident Juniper Wilkinson was selected from over 300 applicants state-wide as the winner of a $12,000 Branding Makeover competition held by the NSW Department of Trade, Business and Industry’s MicroBiz Week in collaboration with DKM Blue. Juniper launched her organic breakfast cereal business from her kitchen in Bondi two years ago and moved to Bangalow at the beginning of 2011. She and her partner, SEPTEMBER 2011

Adam Mander, currently supply more than a hundred retailers and are steadily gaining the reputation as one of the best breakfast products on the market. Juniper and Adam recently spent two days in Sydney being mentored by highly successful entrepreneur Dorry Kordahi.  Kordahi started his own business from his parents’ shed eight years ago and is now listed on BRW’s Young Rich and the Fast Starters lists. His insights on branding and merchandising will no doubt provide ‘The Unexpected Guest’ with the enthusiasm to continue to the next stage of their business growth. Margaux Nissen Gray

Adam Mander and Juniper Wilkinson with mentor entrepreneur Dorry Kordahi

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