Lismore gears up for festival of food

Celebrity chefs Steve Snow and Clayton Donovan. (supplied)

Celebrity chefs Steve Snow and Clayton Donovan. (supplied)

The popular annual food festival Eat the Street is returning to Lismore on Saturday, 12 March.

Eat the Street will once again see Magellan Street turned into a ‘street food strip’, with more than 50 local restaurants and food vendors offering tasting plates of their favourite dishes, plus a boutique beer garden.

There will also be cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs including Australia’s only hatted Indigenous chef, Clayton Donovan, who creates fine cuisine using fresh produce and native bushfoods.

City Centre Manager Jason Mumford said last year’s inaugural event was such an unexpected success that most stalls ran out of food before the end of the day. He said in 2016, there were will be more stalls, more food, more music and plenty more children’s activities.

“Macadamia Castle have come on board as a major sponsor this year and we will have the new Macadamia Castle Kids Zone, featuring reptile shows and a petting zoo, plus a jumping castle, face painting and balloon twisting,” Jason said. “Last year was such a blow-away success and it was a real drawcard for families both locally and from outside the region. We decided we wanted to improve the range of children’s activities so they could really enjoy themselves while parents are eating, listening to music or taking part in our cooking demonstrations.”


Chef Clayton Donovan grew up in Gumbaynggirr and Bundjalung land on the mid north coast of NSW, learning about and cooking bushfoods with his aunties and grandmothers. He celebrates that heritage at his award-winning restaurant Jaaning tree in Nambucca Heads and is now the star of ABC TV’s Wild Kitchen.

Clayton will be in good company with Fins owner and award-winning celebrity chef Steve Snow, chef and author Samantha Gowing, nutritionist and author of Super Legumes and Super Grains Chrissy Freer, plus well-known Byron Bay desert extraordinaire, Ilias the Greek.

Live music will once again fill the city streets at the 2016 Eat the Street food festival, with performances by Black Train, Ben Wilson and Bourbon Street as well as many others.

Eat the Street is on Saturday, 12 March from 12pm to 8pm. Entry is free.


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