14 May: Luna Wine Store’s FULL MOON Wine Festival
On 14 May 2022, join Luna Wine Store for a celebration of some of the best wine talent in Australia. Featuring over 20 growers and distributors of natural wine, FULL MOON is Byron Bay’s first natural wine fair. All the producers and importers attending produce biodynamic or organically farmed wines with little intervention in the cellar. Their wines are pure, kind to the planet, free of chemical inputs or alterations besides the use of small amounts of sulphur dioxide where necessary and best of all they’re absolutely delicious.
At $65, ticket holders will enjoy a 2-hour tasting session (12-2pm or 3-5pm) which includes a branded wine glass on entry, and the opportunity to sample wine with all 20 producers. Each producer will have 2-4 wines on offer, therefore ticket price exposes holders to tasting up to 80 different wines, as well as personal conversations with each.
Due to the devastating impact of the recent Northern Rivers floods, FULL MOON will donate all profits raised on the day to the Koori Mail ‘Rebuild Fund’. Koori Mail is Australia’s national aboriginal newspaper that is 100% indigenous owned. Since the flood hit, Koori Mail Lismore became a hub for the local response and local Bundjalung woman Ella Bancroft spearheaded the assisting of those in the local community. Ella Bancroft will also join FULL MOON to discuss the importance of Koori Mail’s efforts.
FULL MOON by Luna Wine Store will be held at Secret Garden in Byron Bay. Tickets are on sale now via www.lunawinestore.com / @lunawinestore
18 May: Courtyard BBQ at Barrio Eatery & Bar
Kicking off on Wednesday 18 May, Barrio is throwing a weekly Argentinian style BBQ bash. The chargrilled offering will focus on a new selection of rare cuts of meat and local vegetables each week, with a monthly guest chef appearance.
It’s all about meat, veggies, fire and flavour.
Expect a progression of barbequed meats and vegetables: with a combination of those that are cooked quickly over hot coals, to others that have been slowly cooking throughout the day.
“Cooking with fire, it’s something that has a life, because you’re never fully in control. There is so much more to do because fire is such a fragile and beautiful thing. The heat from the embers is unique in cooking, and the fire requires the use of all our senses to ensure our cooking is on point. Simplicity is key.” – says executive chef Santiago Socrate
Gather your mates, choose from $10-$20 plates, and grab a drink at the bar, before settling down to a wood-fired feast. 5pm until sold out.
www.barriobyronbay.com.au / @barriobyronbay
4 June: Frida’s Field nose-to-tail long lunch showcasing regeneratively farmed beef
On Saturday 4 June, Frida’s Field will pay homage to their holistically-reared Angus-Wagyu cattle by hosting a special 5-course nose-to-tail long lunch featuring all their own beef. Located just 10 minutes from Bangalow in the Byron Bay Hinterland, Frida’s Field is a 120-acre farm and restaurant with stunning pastoral views known for contemporary country cuisine that celebrates the seasons, their ecological farming practices and the amazing produce of the Northern Rivers region.
This special celebration features a menu carefully curated by award-winning Chef Alastair Waddell to showcase all parts of the animal to honour of its life and demonstrate that minimising food waste can be a true gastronomic treat. It uses all their own holistically-reared Angus-Wagyu beef which was butchered in-house using seam-butchering techniques and dry-aged on-site for 60 days. Example dishes include Charred raw beef, egg yolk, sweet potato chips; Cured and smoked brisket and flank, horseradish, sauerkraut; Woodfired prime cut of Frida’s beef, preserved mushrooms, béarnaise; Slow cooked shin, root vegetables; and Chocolate delice, bone marrow caramel.
$120pp for 5-courses, plus $75pp for paired beverages. Bookings: www.fridasfield.com / 76 Booyong Road, Nashua, NSW 2479 / @fridasfield
Brookfarm’s Limited-Edition Gourmet Macadamia Hamper with Meru Miso
In their first collaboration with Meru Miso, Australia’s leading producer of Australian made Miso and Japanese ferments, seems a perfect match with Brookfarm, who are known as Australia’s leading producer of Australian made macadamia breakfasts and snacks.
Brookfarm’s award-winning premium oven roasted macadamias are tossed with pink lake salt, sustainably harvested by Mt Zero in western Victoria, and blended with Meru Miso’s Sweet White (Shiro) Miso to bring you this limited-edition Macadamia Miso. Sweet, salty, earthy and full of umami, use this miso just as you would for any recipe calling for White Miso. An excellent addition with fish, chicken, vegetables or even sweet applications like brownies with macadamia miso.
“Creating delicious food is what the Brook family, and Brookfarm loves to do. We are delighted to collaborate with other artisan food producers who have the same passion for food as us.” – CEO of Brookfarm, Will Brook.
*Limited Edition* Gourmet Macadamia Hamper is $65 and available at: https://brookfarm.com.au/products/gourmet-macadamia-hamper
The Macadamia Miso is also available separately for $15.50 and sold exclusively online at Brookfarm.com.au @_brookfarm _
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