ICYMI, folks, we have yet another glorious long weekend tapping at our door. Can we get a ‘hell yeah’?
If you don’t already have your weekend mapped out (which you totes don’t, right?!), then let us guide you to the most soul-satisfying event happening this weekend. Yessiree… Round up your besties and cue the playlist, ‘cause you’re going road trippin’!
Autumn spells harvest season and with a veritable fruit and veggie bowl on our doorstep, we’re blessed to have access to so many fabulous working farms, paddock to plate restaurants and producers in the fertile Northern Rivers region.
This weekend marks the 2018 edition of Harvest Festival; where from Carool to Uki, Newrybar to Byron, Ballina and everywhere in between, you’ll find a host of events to get your little foodie mitts around. Picture: chef tasting lunches, farm tours, distillery and brewery tours, produce markets, roadside farm stalls and river cruises. Prepare to fill your weekend with goodness galore!
Here’s a small taste of what to expect at Harvest Festival 2018:
Self-Drive Foodie Trail & Farm Gate Tour
If there’s one route straight to the heart of any legit foodie, it’s connecting with the makers who grow the nourishing products that fill our tummies and feed our souls. One of the country’s most valuable farming regions is within hay bale tossing distance of our front door, and this weekend they’re opening their farm gates to let us all inside. Have you heard of Brookfarm, Summerland House Farm or Esperance Pig Farm? What about Steve’s Native Bees, the Manuka Honey Farm at Tyagarah, or Zenveld’s coffee plantation at Newrybar? Well, this weekend you can join a tour, banter with the growers, pick up some farm fresh produce and pinch yourself that this is real life. For the self-drive map, opening hours and farm tour info, click here.
When: Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 May; times and days vary
For more information, click here
Harvest Market At Mavis’s Kitchen
Set on a dreamy rural property in Uki, if you’re yet to visit this destination restaurant or it’s been too long between romances, make a date to return to Mavis’s Kitchen this Sunday. With this gorgeous old Queenslander and her blossoming kitchen garden as the backdrop, Harvest Market is bringing together various local producers. Anticipate delicious homemade eats, cheeses, raw honey and beauty products, farm fresh eggs, Madura iced tea, baked goodies, Bun Coffee, micro herbs and plants, all available for purchase within a short distance of where they were grown or produced. BYO picnic rug and enjoy a farm-sourced brekkie in the autumn sunshine.
When: Sunday 6 May; 8am to 1pm
Where: Mavis’s Kitchen, 64 Mount Warning Road, Uki, NSW
For more information, click here
Paddock To Plate Lunch At Potager
Hidden away in the fertile northern NSW hills, Potager is a destination restaurant that totally lends itself to lazy long lunches and celebratory dinner dates. This country cottage has been converted to a rustic yet elegant restaurant with refined meals and personalised service that could compete in any capital city. Haven’t visited yet? Luckily, this weekend, as part of Harvest Festival, Potager is hosting a special three-course lunch menu for $59 including a glass of local wine. Bookings will get snapped up, so call your besties and get booking! If you’ve already made friends with Potager, indulge in one of several beautiful lunches happening at Byron at Byron ($35 per head), Three Blue Ducks at The Farm ($28 per head) and Bangalow’s Italian Diner ($34 per head).
Yet we’re only scratching the surface of this fabulous weekend-long celebration of our local growers. For a full rundown of events and the official Harvest Festival trail map, hit the website here.
What: Northern Rivers’ Harvest Festival
When: Thursday 2 to Sunday 6 May
Cost: Various free and ticketed events
For more details and to book, click here
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Image credit: Hayley Williamson for The Urban List