2017 THE MAIN FESTIVAL DAY

 

Sunday 2nd July, Ballina Jockey Club 11am -5pm
Festival Ticket $25, Bus Ticket $5 return. Check the bus schedule HERE

Entry to the Sunday event is for Adults -18 plus only. Photo ID will be required for entry.

 

The main festival day features exhibitors, information sessions, demonstrations and quality entertainment. This stunning celebration of the Northern Rivers highlights Ballina and what the region has to offer.


Cottage industries will showcase their wonderful products. Local restaurants will cook their signature dishes for patrons to sample with tasting plates available for purchase. A variety of wines, craft beers, ciders and spirits will be available to sample and glasses and bottles of wine, beer and ciders are available to purchase to enjoy on the day or to take home.

Winemakers and brewers are on hand to talk about products and share their knowledge at information sessions, which are conducted throughout the afternoon. This is a unique opportunity to interact with the experts and sample the very best rich reds, elegant whites, and boutique beers.

There will be cooking demonstrations using fresh local produce. Food producers and local restaurants will cook their signature dishes for patrons to sample.

By keeping the entry costs reasonable ($25), it gives patrons an opportunity to experience a wide variety of products and enjoy world-class entertainment.

Multitalented instrumentalists and entertainers will grace the stage during the afternoon.  We have well known local artists performing this year including Bourbon Street, Glen Massey, Leigh James & Elisabeth Lord – all from the Northern Rivers area. Due to popular demand, Jed Zarb from Sydney will be returning this to get everyone up and dancing.

Buses will be running from various locations around the region from Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay, Bangalow, Lismore, Alstonville, Lennox Head and Ballina. Bus tickets are just $5 return, so no need to worry about driving. Check the bus schedule HERE.

Check out our Cooking Demonstrations during the afternoon.  See program times HERE

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT 

GLENN MASSEY

Ballina muso Glenn Massey has been playing guitar and singing since the age of seven. Glenn has an unbelievably large repertoire of songs from his musical background, ranging from rock & roll, country, pop, blues and contemporary from the 60's to now.

Glenn played in Sydney for twenty five years with some of the country’s finest performers including Doc Neeson from The Angels, Dave Faulkner of HooDoo Gurus fame, as well as a stint with The Beatles tribute band The Beatnix.

Glenn is one of the Northern Rivers finest acoustic guitarists with a powerful voice.  Don’t miss the opportunity to see this local legend performing at our Food and Wine Festival.

JED ZARB

Jed is..…“A ONE-MAN BAND”

He is funny and always totally unpredictable. “You will never know what song Jed will play next.”

Jed has developed a unique show that involves acoustic guitar, electric guitar and sax. His multi-instrumentation allows a variety of sounds and styles. This, coupled with his ability to get audiences to sing along is Jed’s recipe for a great night. Whether it’s fully acoustic with a stomp box, or with quality backing tracks for a full band sound, he always leaves audiences wanting more.

Jed’s history in performing includes rock and roll bands, blues bands, country bands, some of Sydney’s premier cover bands and now a long- established solo act. With this experience under his belt, you can expect Jed to deliver professionalism both on and off the stage, and a show to be remembered.

From rich heart-felt ballads to rock, pop and the blues, from John Denver to The Black Keys, Jason Mraz to INXS, Neil Diamond to Kings of Leon, Jed will play your song!

BOURBON STREET

Australian four-piece rock band Bourbon Street (all original members) formed in Byron Bay, NSW, in February, 1987. The band enjoyed immediate success on the live circuit as a 70's-styled high-energy cover band and soon began writing their own songs. During the next 6 years, Bourbon Street played more live shows than any other band in Australia. They won multiple awards and released three albums before disbanding in September of ‘93.

Their debut LP, ‘Stronger Than Dirt’, released in ’88, featured a cover of Neil Young's ‘Powder Finger’, which became the band's traditional opener for live shows. A young Brisbane-based group at the time was largely influenced by Bourbon Street and chose this song’s title as their band's namesake - Powderfinger. Meanwhile, ‘Stronger Than Dirt’ went on to become a cult classic. It was re-pressed four times and is still in popular demand today.

In 2003, the band regrouped and toured sporadically around their native Northern Rivers area for the next few years. Their fourth album, ‘Banned for Life’ (co-produced by Powderfinger’s Ian Haug) was released in February, 2007. The album yielded 3 minor hits with ‘Silver Dollar’, ‘Natural Blonde’ and ‘Rosie’s Bar & Grill’, all receiving extensive airplay in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. The group disbanded again shortly after the album’s release before being lured back to the stage by organisers of the Airlie Beach Music Festival in 2013.

Since then, Bourbon Street have regrouped on a number of occasions for special appearances in their Northern Rivers area. Like so many of yesteryear’s iconic bands, the seasoned rockers still draw large crowds and play with the same child-like enthusiasm that put them on the map over 30-years ago. Their repertoire features fan-faves from their albums and a mix of high-energy covers from The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Stones and AC/DC.

www.bourbonstreetband.com

LEIGH JAMES AND ELIZABETH LORD

Elizabeth Lord (Vox & percussion) & Leigh James (Vox, Guitar and percussion)

Elizabeth Lord is a beautiful vocalist of exceptional emotional depth and honesty…. With a career beginning in the Australian casts of Evita, Barnum and JC Superstar, through TV with the Midday Show, Cabaret performances nationally, internationally and cruise ships all over, to songwriting and performance awards in the Folk and Country genres, and billing on Festival Stages from Woodford to Tamworth, audiences become immediate fans where ever Elizabeth performs. 4 CDs Released to date

Her partner, Leigh James, from early beginnings emulating singer songwriters like Don McLean and James Taylor, through forming his own ‘World Music’ band Funjungle with jazz masters in the 80s, Leigh has refined his guitar and vocal presence into a unique and ever contemporary sound. Four ‘Dolphin’ Awards to his credit, for Funk, Pop, Gospel, and Country, and has ‘opened’ for (or backed): Shane Howard, Graeme Connors, Kate Ceberano, The Black Sorrows, James Morrison, Renee Geyer, Marcia Hines and Brian Cadd to name a few!  2 CDs..

 

EXHIBITOR AWARDS

The festival committee presents several awards to recognize the talent and enthusiasm of our exhibitors.

The awards this year will be:
– Best Exhibitor
– Dish of the Day
– Best Use of Local Produce
– Peoples Choice