Diners to have their say on festival date
By BIANCA CLARE
VISITORS to this year's Coffs Coast Food and Wine Festival will be given something to chew over. During the four-day event which kicked off yesterday, organisers will be handing out surveys to food lovers.
Coffs Harbour City Council business and events coordinator, Jenny Oloman, said punters will be asked to share their thoughts on moving the festival to April.
"We have found a number of restaurants and resorts are flat out at this time of year with weddings and corporate events," she said.
"Fitting The Food and Wine Festival into their schedule can be a juggle. The quieter trade in April would allow a greater number of venues to be involved, plus the weather is similar."
The Coffs Coast Food and Wine Festival began 12 years ago. The original organising committee hung up its apron after 10 years due to the increasing costs of insurance.
The incorporated body was wound up in March last year and placed the running of the annual festival in the hands of the community development arm of Coffs Harbour City Council.
This year sees the return of the popular degustation dinner, while the picnic day moves back to Park Beach Reserve.
The owner of Quigley's Smokehouse in Bellingen, Ben Quigley, said he was pleased that Park Beach Reserve was hosting the picnic day again.
"We have been attending the festival since Quigley's establishment three years ago and I think last year the festival lost some atmosphere at the International Stadium," he said.
"The festival is great for exposure and it allows Coffs Harbour to show off its signature dishes such as seafood and curry."
n Breakfast in Paradise will be held tomorrow from 8am until noon in Beach Street, Woolgoolga. The picnic day will be held on Sunday at Park Beach Reserve from 11am until 4pm. Entry is $2.