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Tweed Artisan Food Weekend – A 4-day Showcase of Headline Chefs, Iconic Eateries and Local Provenance

November 6, 2020 Oceania News No Comments

The Tweed Artisan Food Weekend, on from 27 to 30 November 2020, is a flavour-filled long weekend of bespoke food and drink experiences celebrating the incredible people, place and produce of the Tweed.

In stunning locations across the Tweed, from sunny coast to lush hinterland, the four-day showcase of artisan events will serve up outstanding culinary flavours, local culture and fresh tastes from the region’s chefs and producers.

Celebrated local chefs, including Pipit’s Ben Devlin and Steven Snow of Fins Restaurant, together with well-known chef Christine Manfield, who also now calls the Tweed home, will work hand-in-hand with farmers, distillers, fishers and growers to create pop-up events that will hero the distinctive provenance of the region.

Bespoke events will be held across the region in restaurants, at a coffee plantation, craft brewery and gin distillery, as well as on-site at a host of working farms and kitchen gardens.

Cooking classes, long table events and on-farm experiences have been carefully curated to celebrate the Tweed’s natural food bowl while hands-on happenings range from making farm-fresh egg pasta, learning about indigenous foods and gaining insights into local agritourism and regenerative farming.

Presented by independent industry body, Destination Tweed, organiser Amy Colli said that the event is a key project on behalf of members and the community that aims to elevate connections and business prospects for local food tourism operators.

“The Tweed Artisan Food Weekend, hosted twice yearly, showcases unique experiences that provide an insider’s view of the people, place and produce of the Tweed, helping visitors and locals have an increased awareness of how the Tweed’s food and beverages are produced, and why our chefs value local products and farm fresh produce.”

“Through food tourism opportunities such as the Tweed Artisan Food Weekend, venues have the chance to diversify their business, making them more resilient to external forces. By getting to know know our farmers, chefs and producers, and preferencing local first whenever possible, our community and visitors are also more likely to be loyal supporters of these businesses through tough times.”

Bradley Nardi, General Manager of the Tweed Tourism Company, said the event is a wonderful invitation to visit the Tweed and experience the best of the region’s food and drink experiences.

“The 2020 Tweed Artisan Food Weekend is a great showcase of what visitors and locals alike love about the Tweed – locally grown and made flavours set to stunning backdrops from beachside to hinterland.”

“The program has something for everyone, from just relaxing and enjoying good food with friends and family or getting hands-on to learn and interact in stunning settings, and will undoubtedly reinforce the Tweed’s reputation as one of Australia’s best foodie holiday destinations.”

Ben Devlin, owner and chef at Pipit Restaurant, named Australia’s Regional Restaurant of the Year in the Good Food Guide Awards 2020, said the event was a great showcase of both local produce and the Tweed landscape.

“Pipit’s day-to-day menus take inspiration from a “sense of place”, from the landscape and the seasons, and our Tasting the Gibbum Chefs Cruise (with Currie Country and Tweed Eco Cruise) as part of the Tweed Artisan Food Weekend, is an exciting next level.”

“It’s our first outdoor special event –  to show, share and connect even more to the local landscape, being outside and getting diners more immersed in the stories behind the produce, the Tweed landscape and our menus as an expression of that.”

Tickets for the Tweed Artisan Food Weekend are available to book now at


Tweed Artisan Food Weekend Event Highlights

  • Husk Barrel House Dinner is an intimate behind-the-scenes journey into the story of Husk Distillers with tastings, cocktails and a shared dinner feast between the barrels
  • Join a professional fisherman aboard Tweed Eco Cruises with local chef Steven Snow of Fins Restaurant for Crabber and the Chef, sourcing fresh mud crabs in the Tweed River and then enjoy the catch with matching wine
  • Farm Feast with Christine Manfield + Farm & Co enjoying the bounty, quality and community connect of the Tweed at this farm-sourced, plant-based menu paired with Baume Fine Wines
  • Meet the Locals Lunch at award-winning Potager – A Kitchen Garden, featuring regional foods and drinks
  • Tasting the Gibbum Chefs Cruise presented by Tweed Eco Cruises – cruise the scenic Tweed River taking in stunning landscapes, learning Aboriginal stories and harvesting traditions from Currie Country while chefs from Pipit Restaurant create a new menu to match the produce stories
  • Take a seat at Mavis’s Kitchen Long Table Luncheon for a sumptuous lunch of shared platters with greens from the Mavis’s garden and venison ethically sourced by Fair Game Wild Venison
  • Visit the Tweed’s only coffee plantation, award-wining Zeta’s Coffee at Origin House in Carool, to learn about coffee production from bean to cup and enjoy a fresh brew
  • Tour Hosanna Farm to gain first-hand insights into regenerative farming and food production
  • Join a river cruise and trawler to plate seafood lunch with Tweed Escapes learning about agritourism and local indigenous culture, paired with gin and rum tastings at Husk Distillery and craft beer at Red Earth Brewery
  • Unwind at the Hotel Tropicana lawn party at Tropical Fruit World with seasonal food grown on-site as well as an oyster bar, cocktails and smooth DJ tunes
  • Enjoy Pasta e Prosecco at Woodland Valley Farm featuring farm-fresh egg pasta making class, sunset drinks and local food platters
  • Miss Lolita’s Mexican Feast with tastes by Chef Armando from northern Mexico and the Tweed’s own Dona Cholita serving totopos, tortilla tacos and more
  • Dreaming Culture Cruise with Tweed Escapes includes a welcome to country by traditional owners, smoking ceremony, local bush food flavours and live music

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