THIS year's Foodie Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever.

The festival, which will run from November 29 to December 2, has grown substantially from last year from a one night to four days of deliciousness.

Festival director Kerry Turner and marketing manager Lisa Flower today celebrated their efforts with a glass of wine.

This year the festival is really trying to get the message out there about how good local produce really is.

"Know your farmer, know your food," Ms Turner said.

"This area has a wealth of different food and we need to show support to local growers and producers."

Ms Flower said the festival had three strong benefits for the community.

"There are economic, social and environmental benefits," she said.

"It is also about promoting living a healthy lifestyle.

"We really want to get the message out there that the area is a food destination."

When it comes to waste Ms Flower and Ms Turner have decided to start a 70% challenge.

For the Foodie Friday event they hope to aim for a 70% diversion from landfill.

"This year we are recruiting a team of volunteers and training them in waste management including monitoring, auditing and evaluation of waste," Ms Flower said.

"They will also be on hand to help educate dinner guests to use the correct bin, with the aim of minimising bin contamination."

Festival goers are encouraged to forget about disposable plates and cups.

Highlights

- November 29: Foodie Flick at Regent Cinema. The documentary Ingredients will be played with a discussion at the end.

Tickets are $12 and are available at lifechangingevents.net.au.

- November 30: You can indulge in a special Tweed Foodie Fest tour through Madura Tea Estate from 10am and Tropical Fruit World from 12.30pm.

Cost is $6 per person. Call 02 6677 7222 to book.

Later that night pull up a rug or table for Tweed's biggest dinner party Foodie Friday from 6-10pm.

Call 02 6679 5276 for details.

- December 1: Sumptuous Saturday, a day full of great cooking classes.

Head to tweedfoodiefest.com.au for all of the classes and details.

- December 2: Farm Day Sunday where you have the chance to chat with a Tweed Farmer. Numbers are limited so head to tweedfoodiefest.com to book and find out more details.

If you are interested in helping out contact Ms Flower on 0413 638 482 or email tweedfoodieffest@yahoo.com.au.



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