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Ballina Food & Wine Festival Sun 1 July Grab your fork, spoon and photo ID and head down to Ballina for the annual food and wine treat on Sunday 1 July. Not only will there be plenty of the best local produce to sample, there will also be bands playing, VIP chefs, a variety of wines, craft beers, ciders and spirits to sample or take home. And, if you’re worried about driving, there’s a comprehensive bus service to get you there and home again for $5 each way. The event starts 11am at the Ballina Jockey Club. Entry is strictly over 18 years only, hence the need for a photo ID if you’re a younglooking 50-year-old like myself. I always enjoy checking out the local exhibitors, as the range of produce produced in our region just keeps growing. For example, a lot of our ‘local’ coffee is grown overseas, but Zentveld’s coffee (grown in the hills behind Byron) and Kahawa (Alstonville Plateau pesticide-free coffee) are the real deal. Another regular at farmers markets is Nimbin Valley Dairy, who handmake their delicious range of cheeses near Nimbin. There will be plenty of food-truck-style catering, as well as a few cuisines you might not have tried before: Byron’s Safya restaurant’s food and drinks are inspired by Egyptian recipes that are generations old. Olive and Luca, the catering arm of Lennox’s Quattro, are always good, and you can’t go wrong with sliders from the Byron Bay Brewery, but you might like to try the Peruvian ceviche from A Chefs Pocket, or some Ethiopian food, Japanese octopus and prawn dumplings from Terry’s Balls or Junk Yard

Sean Connolly chef and culinary director Balcony Bar & Oyster Co Byron; Blake Seymour executive chef Ballina RSL; Gavin Hughes, head chef Byron at Byron; Terase Davidson, chef and founder of Taste Byron Bay and sometime Echo contributor. These VIP chefs will be doing cooking demonstration at the the festival. BBQ’s smoked food, from a smoker home-built from reclaimed and reused products. Of course one of the highlights will be the cooking demonstrations of the signature dishes from well-known local chefs. Tickets are $25. Entry is strictly over 18 years only. At only $5 return trip, keep the car at home and take the festival bus that will running around the region from Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay,

Bangalow, Suffolk Park, Lennox Head, Lismore, Goonellabah, Wollongbar, Alstonville and Ballina.

Two photos here, juxtaposed. One of ‘Tommy Franklin riding the wild white swan at the Elements of Byron launch party: the other of the tranquil ‘adults-exclusive’ pool area that won the best pool award.

Elements of Byron wins ‘best pool’ By S Haslam

Elements of Byron have taken out the award for best pool in the 2018 Gourmet Traveller Australian Hotel Awards. Those of you who saw Dancing Tommy Franklin in a pink onesie cavorting with a giant inflatable swan at the Elements of Byron launch many moons ago would know that this is precisely the sort of pool behaviour that is both fun and loveable, especially when performed by your own progeny, at least for the first 20 minutes of wild splashing and squealing. After that, the novelty wears off somewhat, and wouldn’t it be nice to be able to relax with a nice cocktail in peace for a change? Apparently other adults think so too. Although the colossal pool that greets visitors entering the lobby would have got my vote, the ‘best pool’ prize was actually awarded for the separate ‘adults-exclusive’ pool area (‘adults-only’ presumably giving a slightly misleading impression of what the pool area is all about). In the 18-and-over area, the cocktail bar is on offer throughout the day and night, and the immersed swim-up bar enables guests to enjoy the Byron sun, with a refreshing cocktail or organic cold pressed juice in hand, free from games of ‘Marco Polo’. And, how inviting are those cabanas?

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This might sound like your kind of utopian dream experience, but it is, unfortunately, only available for guests within the Elements of Byron resort. If you are a local just looking for a taste of childfree life, before returning to the infinite pleasures offered by parenthood in your own home, you might consider the luxurious onsite Osprey spa and massage treatment, or a nice cocktail and meal in the Graze restaurant and bar (the bar was a finalist in the ‘best bar’ section of the Gourmet Traveller awards). Elements of Byron ph 6639 1500 144 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay

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The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 33.02 – June 20, 2018  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in northern NSW, Australia.

The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 33.02 – June 20, 2018  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in northern NSW, Australia.