TASTEFUL: Jayne Henry, Nicole Schiller, Kristy Chisholm, John Tindale and Ariana Were sampling the Tour de Farm and locally made produce at Fingal Headland.
TASTEFUL: Jayne Henry, Nicole Schiller, Kristy Chisholm, John Tindale and Ariana Were sampling the Tour de Farm and locally made produce at Fingal Headland. Scott Powick

Sweet pickings for Tweed palates

LOCAL food event Taste of Kingscliff and Tweed Coast hit the road on Thursday, in just a sample of what’s available when the festival kicks off on July 8.

A 10-day food, fashion, recreation and fun extravaganza, this year’s Taste will deliver 22 events between July 8-17 and involves many local businesses along the coastline from Pottsville to Tweed Heads.

The third annual event has something for everyone, including the Fingal Head Lighthouse Cycle Tour and the Tour de France-inspired Tour de Farm bike tour which celebrates Bastille Day.

The Fingal Tour winds along Kingscliff foreshore and the Tweed River, while Tour de Farm participants will cycle from Cudgen to Duranbah on a tour of operating farms, while greeting growers and learning about locally grown produce along the way.

For the less adventurous, those not game enough to cycle can relax with a cooking class, or a golf day, a wine and cheese movie night or through any one of the other events on offer.

Festival manager Jayne Henry said the Taste Festival would highlight for visitors and locals the wonderful elements that make up the Tweed Coast, while providing an economic boost for local businesses.

“The purpose of the Taste Festival is to welcome people to our shire and offer them an enjoyable range of things to do,” Ms Henry said.

“We want them to come and relax, to stay a little longer and have a memorable stay in our beautiful Tweed Shire.

“We expect the visitors attending this year’s event will have a positive impact on our local economy, giving business a boost during the quietest time of the tourism calendar year.”

The first weekend of the festival will feature the Flight Centre Taster@Salt at Salt Village, Kingscliff, which offers more than 50 food and beverage stalls with free entry over two days.

“We want people to come and enjoy the open space at Salt Village,” Ms Henry said.

A shuttle bus will run daily for the two-day event.

More info, visit tastetweed.com.au



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