2018 Festival details available soon


30th June – 2nd July 2017 – a multi day event – 3 different events over 3 days


A community event presented by the Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond


This year’s festival features 3 different events run over 3 days at various locations.  Showcasing a fusion of the best produce, products, restaurants and culinary expertise our region has to offer along with premium wines, craft beer, cider and spirits from around Australia and abroad.

The Food & Wine Festival is in it’s 8th year. Each year the proceeds of the festival are donated to worthy causes both local community and international projects. Some of the local beneficiaries over the years have included: Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Surf Lifesaving, Riding for the Disabled, Heartfelt House, Ballina SES, Paradise FM, Cancer Council Australia, Ballina’s Marine Rescue Unit, Ballina and District Community Services Association, Our House, Biala Special School and Australian Seabird Rescue Ballina Jet Boat Rescue, Ballina Rotaract and Orange Sky Laundry.


Our 2017 main beneficiary is Paradise FM 101.9 – our local community radio station

It has always been the philosophy of the Ballina Food and Wine Festival to have one local major beneficiary each year and this year from this event. We are proud to announce one of Ballina’s greatest assets “101.9 Paradise FM” has been selected.

101.9 Paradise FM is Ballina’s local Community radio is a well listened to station providing a reliable entertaining service to the Ballina region and beyond. Volunteer Organisations, Service Clubs and Council rely heavily on Paradise to promote, advertise and inform the public of events and happening within the Shire. The station is always very willing to provide this service as part of their daily programming to their big listening audience.

As a further service to the Community and a means of taking the station to another level they are looking at adding a training studio to their current facility. This studio will be used as an area to teach prospective radio announcers and school children with an interest in media. It will also provide a vital back-up facility in case of a system failure in the main studio. It is our aim from proceeds raised at this year’s Ballina Food and Wine Festival to provide much needed funding to equip this second studio so enable the station to further develop the services it now provides to the community.

While our Festival provides financial support for one major beneficiary we also have a close alliance with the Ballina Lighthouse Lismore Surf Lifesaving Club who we also assist by providing funding for their junior nipper programs and equipment.



Main Festival Day

Cricketers Arms Gala Dinner

Taste the Region Tour

The Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond invite you to join us for our 8th Ballina Food and Wine Food Festival.

A multi day event comprising of 3 different events over 3 days.

We have a new name – Ballina Food and Wine Festival. Formally known as Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival

Friday night 30th June 2017 – Gala Dinner evening at the Ballina RSL Club
Friday 30th June & Saturday 1st July 2017 – Taste the Region Tour.
Sunday 2nd July 2017 – The Main Festival Day at the Ballina Jockey Club



Enjoy a four-course gourmet dinner, designed and prepared by Ballina RSL Executive Chef Blake Seymour, using the finest of our regions local produce. 

This very special evening will include performances by Kellie Knight and the Daze playing Soul Funk Jazz.



Bus tour includes a wonderful mix of venues, showcasing the best the Northern Rivers Region has to offer. Join in the fun and experience the beautiful country side, diverse mix of venues and the opportunity to meet the owners, producers, growers, experts and chefs of some of our region’s most stunning ingredients, this is indeed a unique opportunity.

The four superb tour destinations this year include:
– Avocado Tom
– Zentveld’s Coffee
– Duck Creek Macadamias
– Eltham Valley Pantry



The main festival on Sunday 11am – 5pm, held at the Ballina Jockey Club will have over 70 exhibitors, information sessions, demonstrations, and quality entertainment.

This stunning celebration of the Northern Rivers really is a major regional event which features exhibitors, information sessions, demonstrations and quality entertainment.

There are plenty of activities to enjoy during the day including:

Wine, Beer, Cider, Spirits and Food tastings
Culinary and Cottage industry exhibitors
Cooking demonstrations
Wine appreciation sessions
Live Entertainment

We have a great line up of local talent playing at the festival this year
Leigh James and Elizabeth Lord
Glenn Massey
Bourbon Street
and – Jed Zarb from Sydney

Tickets are $25. Entry is strictly over 18 years only. At only $5 return trip, keep the car at home and take the festival bus that will running around the region.