Cool Creek Food Fest will be hot

NOW heading into its 14th year, the Cool Creek Rhythms Food and Wine Festival started from humble beginnings when an inspired group of community volunteers wanted to showcase what the region had to offer, encouraging the community and visitors to get together to celebrate.

Today, the food and wine festival, Cool Creek Rhythms, has grown into a major event for the region attracting visitors from all over the country to sample some of the best food and wine the country has to offer. It involves award-winning restaurants and wineries, as well as internationally acclaimed artists such as Coffs Coast local David Helfgott, Wendy Matthews and The Sydney Chamber Orchestra.

Last year about 30 restaurants, wineries and vendors participated in the main event at the Park Beach Reserve (next to the mouth of Coffs Creek), attracting a crowd in excess of 5500 people.

This year, the festival was handed over to Business Event Productions, a local business with the vision to grow the festival to a nationally renowned event. It has the full support of the Coff's City Council and event co-ordinator Rowland Moye said Cool Creek Rhythms has the potential to bring tourists and vendors from all over the North Coast and Northern Rivers.

“Park Beach Reserve has a wonderful ambiance for people to 'graze' on delicious foods, drink fine wines and enjoy the fabulous Coffs Harbour outdoors, while listening to great music and mingling with friends and acquaintances,” Rowland said.

“This year's entertainment, which is predicted to attract larger crowds than in the past, will include nationally renowned Australian artists such as Phil Emmanuel, Groove Robbers, Ghost Road and G Nunan.”

The layout and plan for the festival is set to be the best yet with a large marquee in the centre to provide ample shelter and seating for festival goers with an excellent viewpoint of the superb musical lineup.

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