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2019 Ballina Food & Wine Festival

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Ballina Food & Wine Festival is an event where attendees can indulge their senses with quality food, wine, beer, spirits, entertainment, cooking demonstrations and beverage appreciation sessions in a fun, friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

The festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary – isn’t that something to celebrate?


Friday Night Gala Dinner | 18th October 2019 | Ballina RSL Club

Enjoy a four-course gourmet dinner while listening to international stage and TV sensation Rachael Beck accompanied by renowned pianist David Cameron.Jed Zarb will finish the evening and get everyone up and dancing with music from the 60s, 70s and 80s.  

Stunning wines and premium international beers provided by Asahi Beverages and De Bortoli Wines will be available for purchase during the evening. 

Tickets are just $95 per person

Sunday Festival | 20th October 2019 | Ballina Jockey Club | 18+ event

The main festival day features exhibitors, information sessions, demonstrations and quality entertainment. This stunning celebration of the Northern Rivers highlights what the region has to offer.  

Local restaurants will cook their signature dishes for patrons to sample with tasting plates available for purchase. Cottage industries will showcase their wonderful products. A variety of wines, craft beers, ciders and spirits will be available to sample and glasses and bottles of wine, beer and ciders are available to purchase to enjoy on the day or to take home.

Winemakers and brewers are on hand to talk about products and share their knowledge at information sessions. This is a unique opportunity to interact with the experts.  

There will be cooking demonstrations by Terase Davidson from Taste Byron Bay, who is also a regular food writer for this newspaper, and Simon Jones, the Executive Chef of Elements of Byron. International culinary chef Sean Connolly from Balcony Bar & Oyster Co will also be cooking up a storm for patrons to sample.

Live entertainment will be presented throughout the afternoon by Rachael Beck, accompanied by David Cameron, Jed Zarb, The Mumblers and Kathryn Jones.

Entry to the Sunday event is for over 18s only. Photo ID is required for entry.

Festival Tickets are $25 which includes complementary wine glass & lanyard and glass of sparkling wine on arrival.

Leave the car at home and take the festival bus ($5 return trip) that will be running around the region from Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay, Bangalow, Suffolk Park, Lennox Head, Lismore, Goonellabah, Wollongbar, Alstonville and Ballina.

Tickets to the Sunday festival are available at The Cellar bottle shops in Byron Bay and Bangalow, online from
ballinafoodandwine.com.au, and at the gate.

This festival is run and organised by volunteers from the Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond. Funds raised from the festival will be used to support the Ballina Domestic Violence Liaison Committee and a number of their Domestic & Family Violence preventative and educational programs. These Programs are vital and make a difference to individuals and families. Funds raised from our festival will help stop the impact, sadness and pain of domestic violence experienced by many adults and children in Ballina and surrounding areas. 

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