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Actor Victoria Tennant ‘In Conversation’

Published: Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Actor Victoria Tennant ‘In Conversation’ at The Arts Centre, Gold Coast, and for lunch at the Byron at Byron VerandahResort to launch her new book Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo
Victoria Tennant grew up in a world of stars and celebrities.  Her mother was ballerina Irina Baronova, her father was renowned British agent Cecil Tennant and her godfather was Sir Lawrence Olivier.

This is an invitation to attend, Victoria Tennant, in conversation with writer and publisher Candida Baker - celebrating dance, love, loss and an extraordinary life.

Event 1:    Lunch with Victoria Tennant at The Byron at Byron Resort
Date:        Sunday March 29   Time: 12.30 pm
Bookings:     Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or phone: 02 66392000
Event 2:    An Evening With Victoria Tennant
Date:        Tuesday March 31
Venue:    The Arts Centre, Gold CoastTime:  6.30pm (Doors open at 6pm)
Tickets:    $45/40

For more information contact Candida Baker on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0401056894.

New @ Brookfarm - Florentina Bar

Published: Thursday, 26 February 2015

Brookfarm FlorentinaBar

Brookfarm’s new offering, Florentina Bar, is a deliciously addictive bar oven baked and bursting with Australian macadamias and almonds, coconut flakes, antioxidant cranberries, gluten free grains and nourishing seeds. So so good!

Created to be part of the celebration when Will Brook married the lovely Jess, the Florentina Bar was created as a token of love and thanks for all the attending guests at this beautiful country wedding held on the grounds of Brookfarm itself. The gifted bars proved such a hit, the Brook family decided to spread the love and create a bar for everyone to enjoy.
At Brookfarm we like to think that when you unwrap and savour the Florentina you not only appreciate the burst of flavor it delivers but have the time to enjoy a quiet moment of happiness and well being.
The Florentina from Brookfarm – truly made with love.

More medals for Ilias The Greek

Published: Thursday, 26 February 2015


ilias and his team have won another nine medals from the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show; totaling 19 medals in just two years! They have now received medals across their entire range of sweets including Gold for the Baklava, and Silver for the Halva, Nougat, Pastelli, Revani, Sokolato, Friands and Tsoureki.
Following on from this recent acclaim, ForumSA (Food Group in Greece) has invited ilias to participate in an all expenses paid trip to Foodexpo GR - Greece's biggest food show -  to be held in Athens from 14 - 16 March.

"I feel honoured to be invited to my mother country representing our sweets which are steeped in tradition from northern Greece and were inspired from family recipes," said ilias. 
"When I return to Australia, my intention is to create a 'hero' product to share the love through the food Australia wide and beyond!"
Congraulations ilias!

Eat The Street - Lismore Style

Published: Monday, 16 February 2015

Sample, along with Lismore Come To The Heart is proud to bring fantastic food to the streets of Lismore at the inaugural street food festival, "Eat The Street". Starting at midday through to 8pm on Saturday March 14, you can sample some of Lismore's finest cafes and restaurants all in the one spot, along Magellan Street.

Bonny, the Stone & Wood retro Beer Van, will serve up the best in local beers, reds and whites will be available too, and there will be locally brewed ginger beers and a cider bar as well. A Sample event is not complete without some amazing desserts, so save some space for them!

The cooking stage will kick off from midday and we will have a visit from special guest cookbook author and food consultant, Jody Vassallo (Donna Hay, Jamie Oliver). Kids entertainment, street table tennis and handball, live music from 4pm. See you there - it's free!


Our Favourite Brewers Score Silver

Published: Friday, 30 January 2015



Iconic local brewery Stone & Wood have notched up yet another worthy award - this time 2nd place in the Hottest 100 Aussie Craft    Beers 2014 Poll. Craft beer is going gang busters across Australia with new brewery labels popping up, but Stone & Wood have consistently come out in the leading bunch. Congrats and Cheers!

1. Feral Brewing Company - Hop Hog - Pale Ale (American)

2. Stone and Wood Brewing Co - Pacific Ale - Pale Ale (Australian)

3. 4 Pines Brewing Company - Pale Ale - Pale Ale (American)

4. Little Creatures - Pale Ale - Pale Ale (American)

5. La Sirène Brewing - Belgian Praline - Belgian Specialty Ale

6. Riverside Brewing Co. - 777 IIPA - Double IPA

7. Mountain Goat Brewery - Summer Ale - Pale Ale (Australian)

8. Fortitude Brewing Company - Noisy Minor Anzus IPA

9. Bridge Road Brewers - Beechworth Pale Ale

10. 4 Pines Brewing Company - Kolsch - Kölsch

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Small independent business wins National Organic Award

Published: Monday, 15 December 2014

red dragon living elixir

Red Dragon Organics’ innovative Sugar Free Living Elixir, introduced to the market just 6 months ago was voted ‘Retailed Organic Product of the Year for 2014.’

Richard Patton from Red Dragon Organics said it was very satisfying to win this award through a national voting system under the Australian Organic Consumer Choice Awards 2014.

“It shows that a small, high quality, independent regional food processor can win a national award over the big guys, thanks to the passion and loyalty of Sugar Free Living Elixir fans” said Richard.

Red Dragon Organics’ standard Living Elixir won runner up last year and Richard is pleased to see the sugar free version being embraced by discerning health conscious consumers.

Red Dragon Organics is a family run, small business that has grown from a Sunday market stall over the last 30 years. Red Dragon Organics’ fermented ginger beers are now available nationally. (photo)

The National Organic Consumer Choice Awards were launched as part of National Organic Week (October 3-12) by the Centre for Organic Research & Education. The awards were presented by Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia) who loved drinking the Living Elixir

Outstanding Result For Byron Beach Cafe

Published: Saturday, 29 November 2014


Byron’s iconic Byron Beach Café has been awarded Gold at the NSW Tourism Awards Ceremony held at the Dockside Pavilion in Darling Harbour last Thursday night. Of the 28 categories recognizing excellence in the different areas of tourism our local Byron Shire operators came out with 7 awards in total.

Cameron Arnold, President of Destination Byron, Byron Shire’s local tourism organisation says “It is great to see such a fantastic result for the Byron Shire, Destination Byron congratulate all of the businesses on their outstanding result”.

Book Signing With Belinda Jeffrey

Published: Monday, 10 November 2014



There are a number of ways to compliment cookbook authors: food-smeared pages for one and more than one of their books on your bookshelf. But, the greatest compliment has to be the pleasure of finding that a recipe’s worked – and worked well. All around the country, cooks pay these compliments and more to author Belinda Jeffery. She has a wonderful knack of creating recipes for food that you genuinely want to eat and a warm, distinctive writing style that is concise and comprehensive and, most importantly, results in a recipe that works.

This award-winning author has worked as a cook, TV food presenter, freelance writer, restaurant reviewer and cooking teacher. Belinda’s books include Belinda Jeffery’s 100 Favourite Recipes; Belinda Jeffery’s Tried-and-True Recipes; Mix & Bake; The Country Cook Book Desserts and now her new book, Utterly Delicious Simple Food.

Meet Belinda with her new book on Sat 12 Dec at Bangalow Farmers Market, from 9am-11am.

Janella's Super Natural Foods Book Launch

Published: Monday, 10 November 2014
Using a stunning variety of superfoods and grains and including over 150 fantastic recipes that the whole family will love, Janella’s Super Natural Foods is a deliciously simple recipe for success and will be launched at
Bangalow Farmers Market on Sat Dec 12, from 9am-11am.
A dynamic mix of superfoods and a good old-fashioned plant-based diet, Janella's philosophy of using food as medicine is simple and easy to follow. Many of the recipes in Janella’s Super Natural Foods have been influenced by Janella's travels to Italy, Japan, India, the Middle East and South East Asia - healthy food has never been so tantalising nor so easy to create in your kitchen.

Clearly marked throughout with symbols for gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, raw, soy-free, nut-free or grain-free, each recipe also contains alternative ingredient suggestions to please all your friends and family.

As a talented naturopath, nutritionist, wellness coach, herbalist and environmentalist, Janella Purcell is eager to share her wealth of knowledge and experience. Her passion for cooking and keeping things simple means that staying healthy has never been easier.
She's also a vivacious and entertaining chef who has appeared regularly on Australian and overseas television for the past ten years, most recently co-hosting Good Chef, Bad Chef. Her first book was the award-winning Janella Purcell's Elixir and her best-selling recipe book, Eating for the Seasons, was published in 2011. Her second recipe book, Janella's Wholefood Kitchen, was published in 2012.


The Wild 100 Banquet Dinner

Published: Tuesday, 07 October 2014

wild 100 dinner

Sample Success

Published: Thursday, 18 September 2014

Sample Food Festival was held on Saturday September 13th. A recorded number of visitors entered the one day event this year.

The judging of the $5 and $10 tasting plate was done by Chefs Alex Herbert, Darren Simpson, and Clean Living and fitness gurus Luke Hines and Scott Gooding. The 2014 winners of the Sample Golden Fork Awards are:


Puremelt Chocolate for their $10 plate of Orange & Almond Chocolate, a Honeycomb Chocolate & a Puremelt Brownie

Desert queen Katrina Kanetani (Town) collected the $5 plate category with a Japanese Style Cheesecake with Davidson plum, Quandong and Almond Crumble.

"Overall reports from my exhibitors this year were all positive" said Remy Tancred - Festival Director.

And as for next year? One 'big name' guest has already been locked-in and program planning will begin early in the new year.

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Counting down the days! Sample Food Festival 2014 Program

Published: Monday, 25 August 2014

The program for Sample 2014 is now here. The day will be jam-packed full of delicious temptation, offering the finest local ingredients and passion of our very own local chefs. Enjoy the activities of the Northern Rivers Food Cooking stage, kicking off from 8am all the way through to 4pm. Plus, live music and a fabulous selection of market stalls selling food products, arts and crafts, clothing and much more. So, download the program now and start planning your day!

Download the 2014 Sample Food Festival Program

Stone & Wood Wins Regional Award

Published: Friday, 04 July 2014




We all know their beers are legendary so it's no surprise that Stone & Wood Brewing Company have scooped the Telstra Regional Award this week in the lead up to the 2014 Telstra Australian Business Awards.

Stone & Wood was launched in Byron Bay in 2008 to reflect the style of traditional village breweries in a contemporary business model. Every year since they’ve nearly doubled turnover and, in 2014, they added a second, larger brewery in Murwillumbah. Telstra Judges praised the strong management, sound financials, excellent long term planning and sustainability of the business, saying it combined the best from the corporate and small and medium enterprise worlds. In addition, they said the founders had a very strong commitment to the local community.

Stone & Wood will now progress as finalists in the Telstra Australian Business Awards, which will be announced in Melbourne on 7 August.

The Stone & Wood Beer Garden will feature again this year at Sample Food Festival, Saturday 13th September, from 8am-4pm.

Raising A Roast To 40 Years Of Australian Macadamias

Published: Wednesday, 07 May 2014
Champagne corks are popping across the country as Australians raise a ‘roast’ to the nation’s iconic native nut to celebrate 40 remarkable years of commercial growing in May when the new season begins.
Australia is the birthplace of macadamias and Wednesday 7 May 2014 will mark the 40thanniversary of its commercial production, dating back to when the Australian Macadamia Society, the industry body for growers, was first established in 1974.
Macadamias first evolved on the north east coast of the country more than 60,000 years ago, growing naturally in the Australian rainforest. They were regarded by the Aboriginal people as something very special and were often traded between tribes and used as special ceremonial gifts at inter-tribal corroborees.
While the first plantation was established in the 1880s, it wasn’t until the development of successful grafting techniques and the introduction of mechanical processing that commercial production of the tough nut became feasible.  Macadamia enthusiast Norm Gerber pioneered the grafting techniques that enabled the development of our commercial industry, and he is often referred to as the founding father of the Australian macadamia industry.


Teven Tintenbar Public School Recipe Book

Published: Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Just before Christmas, the Teven-Tintenbar school community published an innovative new recipe book.

The book, which was put together by the school’s Fundraising Committee, contains an eclectic collection of more than 130 much-loved recipes from school parents and teaching staff.

'It’s true that we have a high percentage of foodies amongst the parents and staff, and we wanted to create a resource that captured and shared everyone’s favourite
recipes, and formed the beginnings of a lifelong cooking resource,' said project coordinator, Michelle Mahon.


Ilias the Greek

Published: Tuesday, 11 March 2014

At food shows you are likely to see him in the skirted national costume of the Greek guards, possibly shouting out Yiassu or Opa,
exuberantly. Ilias Katsapouikidis is a born showman and in the two years since he started his biscuit business has cultivated a persona
every bit as enjoyable as his products.


The Point Ballina

Published: Tuesday, 11 March 2014


Growing up in the back of a Pizzeria in Buenos Ares, Mariano Perpignano says he was destined to cook.

His Italian father did try to talk him out of it, by stressing the sacrifices he himself had made. And it is true, Mariano now admits, that
his father was rarely home, and that he often stayed the night on a makeshift bed in the restaurant, rather than making the long trek
back to his family.


Proud Pair - Luca Benedetti and Cristian Pieri

Published: Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Their slogan is 'A Taste of Italy' – and it was precisely the need to reproduce that taste which gave birth to the business. Mamma Mia Bakery is the brain-child of two Italian friends, Luca Benedetti and Cristian Pieri, men who missed the breads and the pastries of their country so badly that the only solution was to make them themselves. Only several months old, the enterprise currently operates out of premises – 'the Lab', as Cristian describes them – at Casuarina, near Kingscliff. Already, however, word is spreading about their delectable baked goods.


Times are Changing

Published: Monday, 17 February 2014

With the passing of the festive months where wine consumption was limited to copious quantities of Champagne, Rieslings, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz and the odd bottle or two of Vodka I look forward to getting back into the swing of things and passing my time this Autumn with wine made from alternative grapes varieties.

Alternative grape varieties are not new to the Australia wine scene but they are receiving more attention. For many years I’ve read about the rise and rise of new varieties but finally it appears they are finding their way into more commercial wine stores and wine lists and consequently in the mouths of consumers.


Alchemy, Ubud, Bali

Published: Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Late last year I travelled to Ubud, Bali for 5 days of R & R. On day one I stumbled across this little cafe called Alchemy. The cafe was kind of out of the main tourist area however those that new about it spoke highly of the food.

The smoothie menu was extensive. I was waiting for my order and in came a few boxes of produce. I noticed clumps of soil on the herbs and at this point began to ask questions. My little smoothie making man started the story with this is Kale from our farm. The majority of the produce in this cafe was straight from the Alchemy organic farm. My smoothie man left me wanting to know more.


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