Kerry Turner, Toni Zuschke and Lisa Flower at the launch of Foodie festival.
Kerry Turner, Toni Zuschke and Lisa Flower at the launch of Foodie festival.

Celebrating the diverse fare of the Tweed

CELEBRATING the region's diverse food culture is the aim of this year's Tweed Foodie Fest, launched today at Saltbar.

The festival has been expanded to a five day affair after strong support from the local food industry.

"This will be our third year of running the Tweed Foodie Fest," festival director Kerry Turner said.

"It started out as a one-night only event in 2011 and we are absolutely thrilled to be launching a jam-packed five day program for 2013.

"This growth has been driven by the positive response from festival-goers whose attendance has increased exponentially every year, as well as the generous backing of our local business sponsors and Tweed Shire Council."

Ms Turner said she had received positive responses from farmers, chefs and providers, keen to showcase their produce and mingle with the public.

The Tweed Foodie Fest will be held from November 27 to December 1 and events range from farm tours and cooking classes, to food films, day trips and farmers' markets.

"Once again this year, our signature event will be the Tweed's Biggest Dinner Party at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds on Saturday, 30 November," Ms Turner said.

"Last year, this event attracted over 1300 guests who all had a fantastic night sampling tasting plates from local cafes and restaurants while enjoying a line-up of local entertainers, and we are expecting an even bigger crowd this year."

"One of the most exciting aspects of this year's festival is that it has expanded to incorporate the entire Tweed Shire - from Carool to the Tweed Coast and out to Burringbar and Murwillumbah."

For more information on the 2013 Tweed Foodie Fest program visit tweedfoodiefest.com.au.



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