They ate, drank, had fun
THE Coffs Coast Food and Wine Festival had oodles of delicious food and drinks and great entertainment, but the new venue lacked atmo- sphere, according to visitors. "We could be standing anywhere," Paul Bonventi said. "If you're going to promote Coffs Harbour, it would be better somewhere that shows Coffs Harbour. But we've had great fun." And while the new venue at the Interna- tional Stadium was not the highlight, it did nothing to stop the enthusiasm of visitors, and did have its advantages. "I think the venue is great. The toilets are heaps better. We've had a great day," long time Food and Wine Festival enthusiast Ly- nore Maguire said. "We ate too much, drank too much, and had too much fun!" And that was echoed right around the grounds. "The atmosphere was better at Coffs Creek, but today was fantastic," Graeme 'Robbo' Rob- erts said. "The food is good, the wine is excellent. We'll definitely come back." According to stall holders, numbers were down ? not helped by the afternoon rain ? but the day was still a success. "The organisation has been good, with the bus links. Management has done a good job, it's been a very productive event," Petersons Armidale Winery manager Stuart George said. According to Neville Smith of Waterview Olives the 'punters were very happy with the products'. "Even if you don't make money, it's a great way to promote your products, and do sales elesewhere," he said. And while the Plantation Hotel stalls had a good day, that atmosphere issue just kept on arising. "It was better last year, there was more of a beachy feel that suited the festival better," Plantation Hotel manager Gerry Murphy said.