Taste, treat and tantalise your senses in the stunning Tweed at next month’s Taste Tweed Winter Food Festival.
Running from July 5-14, the festival showcases coastal restaurants and food businesses in a series of events throughout the Tweed Coast and Hinterland, as well as tours and walks outlining the development of the region through industry, education, retail and hospitality.
With a variety of ticketed and free events to suit people of all ages, the 10-day festival kickstarts on Friday, July 5 with the Kingscliff Night Market, where visitors can enjoy free entry, live music, a great variety of street food and mulled wine, to ensure everyone has a good time.
From celebrating World Chocolate Day to fashion and food shows, along with masterclass cooking demonstrations and walking tours of the Tweed River, the jam-packed festival program will deliver an event that appeals to all.
We highlight some of the must-dos:
The event’s signature dinner will be held at Season restaurant on Saturday, July 6, where diners can indulge in a memorable five-course degustation menu, designed by the award-winning Season team using the region’s finest produce and matching wines.
Hosted by Michael Kerrigan from Hay Shed Hill Wines, take the opportunity to taste drops from the heart of Margaret River’s Willyabrup Valley, while soaking up the elegantly styled décor and warm, professional service that ensures Season is one of the many highlights of staying at Peppers Salt Resort and Spa in Kingscliff.
Season also hosts two Lazy Lunch events on Saturday, July 6 and July 13; to book contact the restaurant directly.
Ideal for a chilly Winter night, Kingscliff Surf Club – Cudgen Headland SLSC serves up a Shank and Shiraz dinner on Monday, July 8. With an impressive bar and dining area styled in a modern, coastal theme using blue accents and whitewashed furniture, the surf club is an inviting space to enjoy a satisfying meal with friends or after work drinks.
Tuck into tender, melt-in-the-mouth lamb shanks with mash, paired with Oxford Landing Marty’s Block Shiraz Cabernet; book directly with the surf club.
Pipit restaurant on Coronation Avenue in Pottsville plays host to a four-course set menu dinner, inspired by wood-fired cooking, on Thursday, July 11. Chef Ben Devlin grew up in Byron Bay and has always enjoyed a deep connection to the region, its people and producers - after four years at Paper Daisy in Cabarita, he took the plunge to open his own contemporary Australian restaurant with partner Yen Trinh.
The Taste Tweed dinner menu includes bread, canapes and fruit, in addition to courses such as salted cobia, glazed pumpkin, baby grouper and spent beer grain parfait; with wine pairings also available.*
On Saturday, July 13 Pickled Pig Brewery on Industry Drive in Tweed Heads South is the place to be for a cooking demonstration of slow-cooked beef in Pickled Pig dark ale. An ideal dish to warm away Winter blues, the cooking demo starts at 11.30am and will be followed by a brewery tour and sausage sizzle.
Take the opportunity to sample unique craft beers and ciders– all chemical and preservative-free – at this family-owned artisan brewery. Stop in for a tasting paddle from a premium selection of lagers, ales, Pilsners and dark beers, along with crowd favourite alcoholic ginger beer; before grabbing a takeaway pack for home.
Brothers Café, Restaurant & Bar is a fun and vibrant dining spot on bustling Marine Parade in Kingscliff, welcoming locals and tourists like members of the family. On Saturday, July 13 join the action for the Beef and Bottles Dinner and delve into the likes of grilled ox tongue, pickled shallots, salsa verde and shaved pecorino, braised beef cheek cobbler with horseradish scones and roasted cauliflower.
Evolving from two local businesses – Byron Gourmet Foods and The Burger Guru – Brothers is also an ideal brunch stop for festival goers, for an award-winning coffee while soaking up ocean views either kerb side or indoors. Drop by on Friday to Sunday nights for a few drinks and live music to get the toes tapping.
*TICKETING DISCLOSER: this is a sample menu of Pipit's current 4-course set menu but it is subject to (likely to) be adjusted in July due to seasonal ingredients. Still the same great format though, and celebrating great local produce!