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Sunday 30 June 2024

Meet Australia's new gourmet festival: Savour The Tweed

Australia has a new food and drink festival - and it is being co-curated by internationally renowned chef Christine Manfield.

Savour The Tweed will be held from October 30 to November 3 to showcase the gourmet offerings available in the region. Events will be held stunning settings across the northern New South Wales region.

The inaugural five-day celebration of the region will feature curated (aren't they all nowadays?) events featuring local produce and those who bring it to life, from First Nations storytellers and passionate chefs to talented distillers, brewers and baristas, cheesemakers and farmers.

Savour The Tweed will feature 20 experiences featuring local and visiting chefs with highlights including a First Nations welcome dinner and native food foraging, farm-to-fork menus and a wild-caught seafood lunch. 

There will also be events showcasing healthy and sustainable food practices and ethical farming.

Tweed-based chef and author Manfield and local food advocate Amy Colli of Straight To The Source are the co-curators. 

They are keen to highlight the diversity of The Tweed as one of Australia's leading food and drink destinations with farm tours, distillery and brewery masterclasses, long table lunches, storytelling, cooking classes and local degustations.

Manfield said the program aimed to unearth the distinctive 'terroir' of the region. 

"Savour The Tweed will be a signature regional event, created from the ground up, and I'm so excited to be collaborating with The Tweed's impressive line-up of food and drink producers, leading chefs and cultural storytellers to celebrate the distinctive flavours and character of the region and to offer a program of immersive experiences," she said.

"The Tweed's growing profile as one of Australia's leading culinary destinations is testament to the creative vision and hard work of the region's chefs, restaurateurs, growers, distillers, brewers, food producers and First Nations talent who will all feature throughout the event program."

Sally Scott, general manager of The Tweed Tourism Company, said Savour The Tweed was an exciting addition to the region's annual tourism events calendar.

"As a five-day event, Savour The Tweed is the perfect long-weekend getaway for foodies who also want to experience The Tweed's holiday highlights including the Tweed Regional Gallery and Northern Rivers Rail Trail in the hinterland to surf lessons and snorkelling with turtles from our seaside villages,"
she said. 

Savour The Tweed will be delivered as an inclusive and eco-friendly event with a focus on accessibility considerations for all eventgoers and alignment with EarthCheck's Responsible Events Management action steps. So all hip boxes ticked. 


Image: Christine Manfield and chef Ben Devlin of Pipit in Pottsville 

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