Well done Coffs!
A HIGH speed police chase, spectacular weather and a never-ending list of activities marked the Easter weekend on the Coffs Coast.
As local residents today nurse a chocolate hangover, organisers of two first-time events will pop open the bubbly and drink to a job well done.
'Success, success, success' is how John Arkan describes Saturday's inaugural Woolgoolga Curryfest, where he estimates a 5000-strong crowd turned out to celebrate the cultural diversity Woolgoolga has to offer.
As a member of the Curryfest committee, Mr Arkan said the day could not have been better, with the Sikh community overewhelmed by the response.
"It was a proud day to be a Sikh," Mr Arkan said.
"They call Woolgoolga the missing piece of paradise. It was definitely paradise on the day."
And even though the curry has barely left the system, Mr Arkan said the town and committee were already looking to next year's event, which he guarantees will be bigger and better ? if that's possible.
"We are going to make it the best festival on the North Coast," he said.
There was also much to celebrate down south with organisers of Murray's Brews, Blues and BBQs Festival at the Pub With No Beer, Taylors Arm sending out this warning: Byron Bay beware.
The festival attracted an enthusiastic crowd of around 1000, coming from Brisbane, Sydney, Port Macquarie, Taree and the Coffs Coast.
Despite the threat of rain over the weekend, the weather remained picture perfect with locals and visitors alike getting out and about to enjoy what was on offer.
This included the Easter Fishing Classic, the NSW Beach Volleyball series and the Easter Cup race day ? just to name a few.
Police were also impressed with the weekend and, apart from Good Friday's car pursuit which saw a Toormina teen arrested, said that on the whole Coffs Coast residents were very well behaved.