Food, glorious food
Around 5000 people took in all the fun and flavours of last year's Food and Wine Festival and the organisors of tomorrow's gathering at the In- ternational Stadium are hoping for a similar roll-up.Food, glorious foodTHE 2005 Coffs Coast Food and Wine Festival which is being held tomorrow, is set to build on the tremendous success of last year's event with even more local producers, restaurants and wineries signed up to showcase their wares.
"We've increased the family entertainment aspect of this year's festival with special kids' food stalls, face painting, carriage rides, a jumping castle and a Jumpstart Art competition," said the council's economic development manager, Megan Dixon.
"In total, 16 restaurants will be represented with stalls from which you can choose a delicious meal or snack. We've also got six wineries coming along and a whole range of produce stalls to browse in selling all sorts of things including punch, confectionary, pecans, sausages and gifts.
"It's going to be a really good day out for all the family."
This year, the festival has moved to a new site at the Coffs Coast International Stadium which offers easy parking and access. Regular bus services will be operating to the Stadium from Coffs Harbour and Sawtell. The gates open at 11am and the fun goes on until 6pm.
Live music will be on offer throughout the day with bands and wandering musicians entertaining the crowds.
At 3.30pm, The Baby Boomers will take to the stage ahead of the headline act ? Australian music icon Wendy Matthews.
Last year, around 5000 people came along to the event to sample some of the best food and wine the Coffs Coast has on offer.
"Food-lovers don't have to wait until Sunday to taste some of the fabulous cuisine that is becoming more and more a feature of the Coffs Coast," Ms Dixon said.
"On Saturday morning they can have 'Breakfast In Paradise' when Woolgoolga's chefs pull out all the stops to show why it's such a popular place to eat," she said.
For a full guide to the Coffs Coast Food and Wine Festival turn to page 36 of today's Coffs Coast Advocate.