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Caper Food & Culture Festival is coming: 10–13 November

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It’s a much-anticipated addition to the Byron Bay events calendar, and organisers describe Caper Byron Bay as a four-day celebration showcasing the best of Northern Rivers food, beverage, music, art, and culture with a dynamic series of events running across many venues from Byron Bay to Lennox, Brunswick Heads, and the hinterland.

Caper Festival Village, though, is the heart and hub of the festival, where all the elements come together for three days of eats and drinks, live music, art installations, discussions and demonstrations, guest chefs, roving entertainment, and a huge free kids’ program.

You’ll want to come for the food and entertainment but you’ll stay for the visual spectacle and good vibes, with artists MLAK, Paul McNeil, and Nickolla Clark bringing the artistic vision and fair with the help of Buckworth & Co.

The lineup of local food and drinks is set to tantalise every tastebud with pop-up stalls from Belongil Beach Italian Food, Bang Bang, Barrio, Capiche, Club Sanga, North Byron Hotel, We Are Combi, Natural Ice Cream, Shoza Gyoza and more. The main outdoor bar is presented by official beer partner Stone & Wood, with Days & Daze the official wine partner and pop-ups by Fever Tree and local favourites Cape Byron Distillery, Common People Brewery, Ventura Brewing, and many more.

Did we mention there is also a wine tasting and local providore area where you can sample some of the best local producers’ goods and a selection of specialist wine-makers before purchasing your favourites to take home.

While you’re enjoying all these eats and drinks you’ll be kicking up your heels to live music by the likes of Lazy Wax (Live Set), You’re Only Great Always (Peking Duck), Pasiflorez, Warren Early Band, The Minky’s, Versace Boys, Mandy Hawkes, Vinnie Laduce DJ set, The Palm Ambassadors and many, many more. There is also a series of enlivening discussions and micro-workshops to stimulate your senses ranging across topics The Future of Food, Art and Activism, The Path of Sustainability, Weaving for Mindfulness featuring special guests including Delta Kay, Mandy Nolan, Angus McDonald, Matt Stone, Louis Tikaram, Blaire Beattie, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Matthew Evans, and Cyndi O’Meara.

And while all this is happening, your kids (who, by the way get free entry for 12-year-olds and younger) will be living it up with live performance from Bunny Racket, Ministry of Fun DJ School, Lunch Lady, Farm Kids, KidsKlub craft, bouncing castle, face painting, garden games, and even more all weekend long!

Caper Byron Bay are also offering a locals’ discount code for the Festival Village, LOCALCAPER. Capacity is limited and once tickets have sold out that’s final. So, get in quickly before you miss out on being part of this exciting inaugural festival celebrating our food and culture.

Tickets (10–13 November) and more details: caperbyronbay.com.

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