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Foodie Heaven at Sample Food Festival 2018
August 21, 2018 by Gemma Dennison
Sample Food Festival Northern Rivers

Calling all food lovers! Sample a slice of the unique flavours of the Northern Rivers region at this year’s Sample Food Festival on Saturday September 1st.

This premier foodie event connects local farmers, artisan producers, chefs, restaurants and brewers to create an indulgent experience for all your senses. The festival is set to showcase 26 of the finest local restaurants who will be serving up delicious $5 and $10 tasting plates with beverages supplied by the region’s best craft brewers and distillers. Expect to see pop-up bars from local favourites such as Stone & Wood, Brookie’s Gin, and Husk Distillers. In addition to the culinary delights, there will also be market stalls, cooking demonstrations, live music and kids’ activities happening throughout the day.

Sample Food Festival is a fantastic way to get your taste buds tingling while supporting local producers and creatives, not to mention it’s a great day of entertainment for all the family. The event will run from 8am until 4pm at the Bangalow Showgrounds giving ample time to soak up the sunshine and have a picnic on the grass. Entry to the festival is $5 per person and children are free.

Visit www.samplefoodevents.com for more information and to purchase tickets for the Sample workshops leading up to the festival. This year’s festival is in association with Gold Coast Airport and highlights include an impressive lunch by renowned chef Shannon Bennett from Vue de Monde.

Travelling to the festival and in need of accommodation? Stay at our resort and welcome Spring beachside for a weekend of delicious cuisine and creative local culture.

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Cape Byron Distillery and Rainforest Tour
August 8, 2018 by Gemma Dennison
Cape Byron Distillery Cellar Door


This amazing rainforest in the Byron Bay Hinterland is the ultimate tonic 

Cape Byron Distillery

Cape Byron Distillery

Looking out over the lush backdrop from the tasting deck of the Cape Byron Distillery, you would never imagine that only 30 years ago this was the setting of a rundown dairy farm.

The Cape Byron Distillery is nestled amongst the Byron Bay hinterland on the Brook family farm where they have planted over 35,000 trees, completely regenerating the land.

There is no better way to spend an afternoon than strolling around the subtropical rainforest and discovering how the abundance of wild, native botanicals infuse the gin with such a deliciously unique flavour. A truly magical experience from the source to the still.

Cape Byron Distillery, Byron Bay

The custom-made copper pot still (named George)!

The dream was brought to life by co-founders Eddie Brook and master distiller Jim McEwan whose thirst for knowledge and passion for their product has produced an award-winning gin with a true sense of place.

Start off on your merry way with a refreshing Brookie’s & Tonic, garnished with their signature native finger lime and aniseed myrtle. Guided by the best “Spiritual Advisors”, learn all about the art of the distillation process and how this distinctive flavour unique to the region is brought to life all while enjoying the liquid and pinpointing the taste points for yourself.

Luckily for the Brooks, the inspiration for this distillery came right from their doorstep. The stunning Northern Rivers region is a natural pantry for creating a world-class craft spirit. Each season brings a new landscape of flavour ready to be foraged from the heart of the rainforest. In Spring, native raspberries and fruits come to life, Summertime sees the harvest of the Davidson Plum which is the backbone of Brookie’s Slow Gin and then with Autumn/Winter comes a plethora of key botanicals namely Ginger, Cinnamon, Aniseed and Lemon Myrtle all used to create their seasonally crafted cocktails.

Round off the tour relaxing on the deck overlooking the hinterland sipping on a tasty ‘Rainforest Martini’ and of course it would be rude not to take a bottle home with you!

Brookies Gin Rainforest Sour

The delicious ‘Rainforest Martini’

Brookies Gin and Tonic

Brookies & Tonic

The cellar door is open for tours and gin tastings every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am and 3:30pm and bookings are essential. Reservations can be made via the Cape Byron Distillery website.

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Byron Writers Festival 2018: A Literary Feast
August 1, 2018 by Gemma Dennison
Byron Writers Festival 2018

The 22nd annual Byron Writers Festival returns to the bay this weekend, August 3rd-5th with an explosive line-up of literary masterminds. Be inspired by a plethora of insightful readings, workshops and writing sessions which are set to take place over the three days beachside in beautiful Byron Bay. 140 writers and thinkers will gather to ponder the power of compelling stories and the written word in shaping who we are. The diverse programme spans a mix of genres with something for everybody including music, art, environment, philosophy, health, politics, human rights through to memoir and fiction.

Highlights of the festival include sessions such as “Women like us” with comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs, “Reading in the age of Netflix” and “Telling stories for science”.

We recommend attending ‘Live Storytelling: Stories of Place” on Saturday at 8pm which showcases five Byron Shire locals and a 10-minute tale drawn from their lives. Featuring Dr. Mary Gardner, Arakwal woman Delta Kay, Mayor Simon Richardson, SCU VC Adam Shoemaker. The event is curated by professional storyteller, Jenni Cargill-Strong and supported by Brookfarm.

Check out the full festival program and if you haven’t already, you can book your 3-Day or 1-Day pass at byronwritersfestival.com/tickets.

If you’re visiting Byron Bay this weekend we welcome you and hope you have a fantastic Writers Festival experience!

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5 Reasons to go Dolphin Kayaking Midweek in Byron Bay
July 2, 2018 by Gemma Dennison
Dolphin Kayaking Byron Bay

Beyond the beaches, paddling into the blue is one of the best ways to explore the pristine waters and enchanting coastline that Byron Bay has to offer. The Cape Byron Marine Park stretches from Brunswick Heads in the North to Lennox Head in the South and is a sanctuary to an abundance of protected wildlife. Cruising around the reef, you can expect to be greeted by native marine mammals as you take in the sights of the most Easterly point of Australia.

Cape Byron Kayaks, Byron Bay
Photo | Craig Parry Photography @craigparryphotography

Here are our top five reasons why you should escape to Byron Bay this winter and experience a midweek Dolphin Kayaking tour.

1. A Marine Playground
Cape Byron Kayaks run tours all year around with a 90% guarantee of dolphin sightings and luckily in the Winter time, you can also spot the magnificent humpback whales making a splash as they migrate north to calve their young. It is an incredible experience to witness these animals in their native habitat. Loggerhead and green sea turtles can also be spotted coming up for air.

2. Beat the crowds
Let’s face it; the whole idea of a “getaway” is to escape the crowds. During the winter months, smaller group sizes means less traffic in the water. So with less tourists in the offseason and the locals at work midweek, there is ample space to enjoy the ocean with minimum disturbance. In addition to an excellent guide to group ratio, you are guaranteed to get the most out of your sea kayak adventure. And of course, this means more Tim Tams to go around at the Little Wategos beach pitstop!

Cape Byron Kayaks - Byron Bay
Photo | Craig Parry Photography @craigparryphotography

3. Have a whale of a time!
”And as you look out to sea, there is New Zealand on the horizon! Just kidding, it’s Julian Rocks.” Just one of many turtle-y awesome dad jokes the guides crack all afternoon. The crew are all experienced watermen and women with a fully qualified sense of humour. Their knowledge of the local area, friendly and professional manner and overall enthusiasm make the tour all the more enjoyable and memorable.. They’ll have you laughing all the way to the shore as you surf (or capsize) your last wave in!

Cape Byron Kayaks
Photo | Craig Parry Photography @craigparryphotography

4. The weekend is a state of mind!
Life is too short to live for the weekend. Monday to Friday can feel like a grind so get out there and enjoy the spectacular nature Byron Bay has to offer. Break up the week by incorporating a fun activity like Sea Kayaking on a Tuesday afternoon. We can safely say it will be one of the highlights of your winter escape. And it will leave your friends and family back home green with envy!

5. Cheaper rates around town
Book a Winter Warmer escape with us you can enjoy our midweek special rates without all the crowds! That means more money to spend on all the amazing activities around town. Our friendly local staff at reception will happily suggest things to do like Cape Byron Kayaks so you can make the most of your getaway.

Book with us now to take advantage of our mid week specials

The writer was a guest of Cape Byron Kayaks

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The Falls Music & Art Festival
July 18, 2017 by Ebony
East on Byron | Falls Festival Byron Bay

Falls is a multi day camping event kicking off at the end of December in Lorne, Victoria + Marion Bay, Tasmania +Byron Bay, New South Wales. The festival brings tunes from around the globe to your frontal lobes. Bands that make you dance. Art that gets you involved, with friends that make you laugh.

The Festival was created in 1993 from a campfire idea. It was on the home of Falls, the very farm at Lorne in Victoria where it is still held each year.

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