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Tweed dinner destined to be a foodie delight

FOODIE FRIDAY: The Tweed’s biggest dinner party will be a locally grown and prepared food treat.
FOODIE FRIDAY: The Tweed’s biggest dinner party will be a locally grown and prepared food treat.

UNPACK your taste buds and prepare for four days of culinary delight with this year's Tweed Foodie Fest starting tomorrow.

Run by the Caldera Farmers Market the foodie fest is described as "a unique culinary experience ... a sumptuous four day celebration of local food".

Events running over the four days include the screening of Ingredients, a food documentary, on Thursday night, followed by Foodie Friday - the Tweed's biggest dinner party.

Sumptuous Saturday follows closely behind with seven different cooking classes and workshops from preservative-free sausage making to French-inspired high tea.

The final day on Sunday will be full of visits to sustainably producing farms in a bid to "know your farmer, know your food".

Festival director Kerry Turner said it would be an exciting time for the Tweed area.

"Starting with the food documentary we feel it's going to open people's minds to really think about where their food comes from," she said.

"Hopefully it will get them thinking about food security, safety and sustainability.

"It's only a one hour film and there will be an expert panel after to discuss food production on the Northern Rivers."

Ms Turner said that while 600 people were already pre-booked for the Friday night dinner party there was still room for 500 more.

"There is also a free gate for people who simply want to come and enjoy the $5 plates and sit on the grassy area listening to the music and soaking up the atmosphere," she said.

Ms Turner said the aim of the weekend was to highlight the food experience in the Tweed.

"I want them to know that the Tweed is a food destination," she said.

"This is our second year and we got (the festival) off the ground last year with a grant from the Tweed Shire Council.

"We hope this event grows and becomes an economic driver for the Tweed with most of the money we generate staying in the town," she said.

  • Thursday, November 29 - Doors open 6pm for Foodie Flick
  • Friday, November 30 - Friday Farm Tour. 10am Madura Tea Estate tour $6. 12.30pm Tropical Fruit World tour $5. 6pm Foodie Friday dinner party. Free although to hire a table of 10 $50.
  • Saturday, December 1 - Cooking workshops in Murwillumbah.
  • Sunday, December 2- Farm Day visiting Summit Organics, Bio Organic Farm, the Hare Krishna Farm, B-Honey and Zeta's Coffee.
  • Further details at tweedfoodiefest.com.au


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