2018 THE MAIN FESTIVAL DAY

 

Sunday 1st 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 a great line up of talent playing at the festival this year including Diesel, Jed Zarb and Blake Tailor.

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 

DIESEL

IMG_0879B&W med (1) We are super excited to announce DIESEL (Mark Lizotte) as our headline act. With over 35 singles, 16 albums and 6 ARIA awards, DIESEL is a journeyman of music.

Distinctive guitar playing and vocals, Diesel is one of Australia’s favourite artists who has been making music spanning 30 years and still going strong.

Born in Fall River Massachusetts, the youngest of seven from a sax playing electronics technician father and a mother in nursing, Mark Lizotte aka DIESEL grew up in Australia and in the U.S. He formed the band ‘Johnny Diesel & The Injectors’ in 1986 from remnants of a previous band before embarking on a solo career in 1991.

With blues music in his DNA, an influence largely from his Father’s record collection, DIESEL has blended styles to come up with a truly unique sound, punctuated with his distinct guitar playing and vocals.

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!

BLAKE TAILOR

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In the past few years Blake Tailor has come into his sound, developing his skills both as a performer and as a talented song writer. He is currently working on his first EP set to be a raw and emotional insight into Blake’s life. Blake takes inspiration from his family and the work he does with adults with disabilities as a Music facilitator at Studio Artes. His songs come from personal struggles and triumphs, leaving you breathless at every live show.

Growing up in a small community in the Hawkesbury region Blake spent much of his teenage years learning about music, taking inspiration form the local blues and roots scene. With a large family Blake has never had a shortage of support for his music, it has never been a question of what Blake would do when he became an adult.

Blake has been performing in the cover scene for four years, with close to 500 gigs under his belt in venues across New South Wales. Blake Tailor is a talented and confident performer, always leaving a show with people commenting on his ability to touch them with his music. Although Blake has not been performing his original songs for long he has supported the likes of Daryl Braithwaite, Russell Morris, Karise Eden and The ChoirBoys. Blake is now taking his time to move out of the cover scene with an aim to have his own music to be heard throughout Australia.

 

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 – Peoples Choice