Food to the fore at Nambucca

FOOD lovers’ fantasies have come true.

The North Coast Innovation Festival launch, which will focus on food innovation, is soon to unfold at Nambucca Heads.

While the theme for the local festival is food, the launch, on April 27, marks the start of a month-long celebration of innovators across the North Coast, from food to sustainable energy and social enterprise.

The North Coast Innovation Festival is Australia’s largest innovation festival that encompasses the North Coast from Taree to Tweed Heads. The events are packed with pioneering ideas that showcase businesses, community groups, inventors, individuals and students alike.

The Taste of Nambucca is a

network of growers and career foodies who will bring their fare to you.

The Nambucca Valley is well known for its beef, bananas, fish, oysters, macadamias and a range of fruits and vegetables, and the festival allows you to taste your favourite fresh produce.

The Jaaning Tree’s Jane Donovan is looking forward to the network of foodies coming together to celebrate food innovation.

“It’s really exciting and the first time the Taste of Nambucca will have their produce out for people to taste and their products will be used in cooking demonstrations,” Mrs Donovan said.

“There will be displays from innovators in different industries and a range of different groups, including Youth Services and the Pride Cafe.”

Head down to the reserve next to the Jaaning Tree on Wellington Dr, Nambucca Heads, from 11am to 1pm, on April 27, to share in this tasty event.

The session will feature cooking demonstrations by local chef Clayton Donovan from the Jaaning Tree and celebrity chef Stefano Manfredi.

Mr Donovan said he would be cooking part-smoked kangaroo loin and caramelised vegetables with chocolate jus.

“I use a range of bush food products like blood limes, Davidson’s plums, lemon myrtle and other bush herbs, and it’s always good to showcase different ingredients.”

The North Coast Innovation Festival encourages and supports learning, networking and business opportunities to ensure the region’s sustainability and future economic growth.

Events across the North Coast include information sessions, breakfast seminars, guided tours, interactive workshops, sustainability programs, specialist talks and competitions involving science, engineering and technology.

For more information, contact Tiffany Slack-Smith on 6583 8641, email or visit

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