Food fans flock to Park beach

FROM the minute the gates opened yesterday for the final day of the Coffs Coast Food and Wine Festival people streamed in, many with their families and all keen to sample the delights of local cuisine.

Organiser, Jenny Oloman, said the day was perfect and the vibe was 'just great'.

"I'm over the moon with how it's all gone this year," the council's economic development manager said.

"Stallholder numbers are about the same as last year but with weather like this, there's a real buzz."

The Vietnamese Fountain Restaurant stall had a long queue of eager samplers. Brendan Nguyen said the restaurant had previously attended five years ago and the response was similar 'but the atmosphere now is great'.

Fudge expert Tonia Welsh from Somethin' Else at Macksville said the day was a bit hot for chocolate but lots of people had bought fudge.

"They are all planning to collect it when they leave I hope they remember!" Ms Welsh said.

Rosalie Nowland from Summerland Pecans, Nana Glen, said she had been flat out.

"It's only lunchtime and we've nearly run out especially of the honey pecans."

Coffs Harbour local Sandra Hammond has never missed a festival.

"I love the food and I love the wine, the atmosphere is great what more could you want?" Ms Hammond said.

There was also plenty of entertainment on the menu. Young local talent was showcased along with the high-profile Sydney Chamber Orchestra.

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