Jonathan Evans of Juju's cafe and Emma Cao of Destination Tweed have a picnic basket for Tweed Fusion festival.
Jonathan Evans of Juju's cafe and Emma Cao of Destination Tweed have a picnic basket for Tweed Fusion festival. John Gass

Fusion event likely to grow after weekend success

THE inaugural Tweed Fusion event has been hailed a success, with thoughts already turning to how it will grow over the coming year.

Designed as an intimate showcase of the wonderful food, arts and environment of the Tweed region, the event included arts workshops with significant artists, a gala dinner at the Tweed River Art Gallery and a high-class picnic that involved guests being delivered to a mystery location to enjoy some of the area's best cuisine.

"It was the bringing together of all of these elements all at the one time," Destination Tweed chief executive officer Bill Tatchell said.

"We had a diverse crowd with people from Brisbane and the Gold Coast and beyond as well as local people."

Organisers pulled out all stops to make the event one to remember.

The Saturday and Sunday workshops by fibre sculpture artist Helle Jorgensen botanical illustrator Tamsin Ainslie and ceramic artist Lisa Gair were a highlight, while Caldera Art Gallery director and local artist Andy Reimanis invited the public to sit in on his art classes.

Guests at Saturday night's gala dinner, including Member for Richmond Justine Elliot, at Tweed River Art Gallery were treated to a tour of the gallery by director Sue Muddiman before being entranced by brilliant local pianist Ayesha Gough's performance. Flutissimo also provided beautiful flute and piano music on the evening.

Peter Clarke and Charlie Ebell of Mavis' Kitchgen fame put together a brilliant menu that was enjoyed by all guests present.

Sunday's picnickers were bused from Kingscliff and Murwillumbah to a delightful scene at Tyalgum, where the view was beautiful, the food from Ju Ju's Cafe just unbelievable and the atmosphere relaxed as guests soaked up the wonders of what the region had to offer.



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