2019 THE MAIN FESTIVAL DAY

Sunday 20th October, Ballina Jockey Club 11am – 6pm
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 Rachael Beck, Jed Zarb, The Mumblers, David Cameron and Kathryn Jones.

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.

 

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT 

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RACHAEL BECK

We are super excited to announce RACHAEL BECK as our headline act.

Rachael is fresh off her season of Barnum the musical starring Todd McKenny.

Her film, “Me and My Left Brain” has opened to rave reviews and she is keenly working with schools to strengthen performing arts departments and talking about the link between the arts and mental health.

Rachael is widely known as Sam in Hey Dad and starred opposite Hugh Jackman in Beauty and the Beast, The Sound Of Music, Singing In the Rain and Ch 7's It Takes Two.

Rachael is a keen foodie and is excited to be back on her home turf to celebrate the best of what Ballina and the Northern Rivers has to offer.

rachaelbeck.com.au

www.facebook.com/TheRachaelBeck

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!

KATHRYN JONES

Byron Bay's Lil Gypsy " Kathryn Jones " is one hot blooded showgirl. A dynamic, seasoned performer, Kathryn"s unique self styled mix of country roots blends elements of jump blues, slack key, swing, country blues,folk and rockabilly. Her debut album "Yesterdays News " was nominated in 2012 for "Best Album" at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in the People"s Choice Awards as well as Kathryn being nominated for "Most Promising Future Star".

"Yesterday"s News" is a nostagically charming debut album with 1950's cowgirl touches. Refreshingly different and thank goodness for that" Rosie Adsett Country Update Magazine Issue 61

Kathryn's new album  " Lil Gypsy" was produced by Golden Guitar Winner Steve Passfield. With 13 original tracks and one cover , Kathryn had an incredibly positive response at the 2015 Tamworth Country Music Festival airing  her third studio album of alt- country songs .Taking out the Peoples Choice Awards for Best Vocal/Musical Event, The Best Collaboration Brumby Award as well as taking out Best New Celtic Talent at the 2016 Australian Celtic Music Awards, the albim has shown to be a favourite amongst the country music crowd. The first single from the album "Even Cowgirls Sing the Blues" shot up to #4 on the Australian Independent Country Tracks Charts and hit #1 in Tasmania.

Checkout Kathryn's show schedule here or sign up to her Mailing list to receive the latest goss on her magical life (Plus a free track).

www.kathrynjonesmusic.com.au

THE MUMBLERS

The Mumblers

Lennox Head-based bluegrass band, The Mumblers, play a mix of  traditional bluegrass, original songs and evocative adaptations, bringing traditional sounds to life with plenty of thump and groove on the bottom end.

The six-piece band combines electric bass, kick drum and washboard with the more traditional fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and three-part harmonies on vocals to create the unique Mumblers experience – a raucous coproduction of joyful performances and foot stomping crowds.

The band has been playing locally for more than 10 years, packing out iconic local venues such as ‘The Rails’, "the Shawsie’ and the Lennox Point Hotel, as well as festivals including the Redlands Blues Festival, The Ballina Country Music Festival and the Bangalow Bluegrass Barbeque.

Look out for the loyal fan base wearing the band t-shirt and mind your toes!

DAVID CAMERON

David Cameron is one of Australia’s most experienced Musical Directors and accompanists.  He began his career some forty years ago in Rock ‘n’ Roll and, since that time, he has worked in all aspects of the music industry.

David has toured nationally and internationally, accompanying some of Australia’s finest entertainers, including Hugh Jackman, Marina Prior, David Hobson, Judith Durham, Debra Byrne, Silvie Paladino, Denis Walter and The Seekers.

As Music Director, David has developed shows and also performed with Frank Holden, Denise Drysdale, Rachael Beck and many others.

David has also worked with international performers including Helen Reddy, Jose Feliciano, Max Merritt, and Gerry Marsden.

In contrast to working as an accompanist, David recently recorded an album - Sound of Breathing - on which he played the sitar and composed all tracks.  The music has subsequently been used on in-flight relaxation channels, here and overseas, and in a documentary about Indian culture.

David currently combines his work as an accompanist and Musical Director with leading his own cabaret band.  He has also recently co-produced albums for Marina Prior and Denis Walter.
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