Main Festival Day, Sunday 20th October 2019, Ballina Jockey Club

Asahi – After Dark Gala Dinner, Friday 18th October 2019, Ballina RSL Club

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

This year’s festival features 2 different events run over 2 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 10th 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, Orange Sky Laundry and Ballina Shire Rural Fire Services.

Our 2019 major beneficiary will be supporting

Preventative Programs for Domestic & Family Violence

It has been the philosophy of the Ballina Food and Wine Festival to have one local major beneficiary each year from this event. This year we will be supporting the Ballina Domestic Violence Liaison Committee with a number of their Domestic & Family Violence preventative and educational programs.

It is clear that Domestic and Family Violence is a widespread problem in today’s society. The Ballina Domestic Violence Liaison Committee facilitate a number a programs in the Ballina Shire.  These Programs are vital and will make a difference to individuals and families; our financial assistance could potentially save and or change lives. Funds raised from our festival will help stop the impact, sadness and pain being experienced by many adults and children in the Ballina and surrounding areas.

The following programs we will be supporting aim to support adults and teach teens about healthy relationships.

*Escape and Recovery Fund – to assist women and their children experiencing domestic violence to escape and/or access financial support for themselves and/or their children in recovering from the experience of domestic violence, where they are financially unable to do so and all other avenues have been exhausted.

*Love Bites – a Respectful Relationships Education Program delivered to Years 7, 8, 9 & 10 high school students.

*Love Bites Facilitator Training – to cover the cost of training for additional facilitators to deliver the Love Bites programs in local high schools.

*Domestic Violence Support Group for Children – Support groups are formed each year from our local Primary Schools. 

*White Ribbon Day 2019White Ribbon programs and campaigns engage men to be part of the social change needed to prevent men’s violence against women.

While our Festival provides financial support for one major beneficiary, we also support a number of other regional charities and organisations.

Main Festival Day Asahi – After Dark Gala Dinner

The Rotary Club of Ballina-on-Richmond invite you to join us for our 10th Ballina Food and Wine Food Festival.

A multi day event comprising of 2 different events over 2 days.

Friday night  18th October 2019 – Gala Dinner evening at the Ballina RSL Club
Sunday  20th October 2019, 11am -6pm – 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 singing performances by Rachael Beck, David Cameron and Jed Zarb.


The main festival on Sunday 11am – 6pm, 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 talent playing at the festival this year

Rachael Beck

David Cameron

Jed Zarb

The Mumblers

Kathryn Jones

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.