Chef Takeover at Bunnings Sausage Sizzle raises $1,400 Coffs Harbour OzHarvest

Coffs Coast Food & Wine Festival organisers: Heidi Figenschau, Lindsay Russell and Dave Mansfield.


RAISING $1,400 for OzHarvest Coffs chapter, the Chef Takeover Bunnings Sausage Sizzle on Saturday 27 November went off with a bang-er.

The organisers, Coffs Coast Food & Wine Festival (CCFWF), reported that close to 700 sausages were sold, and no food went to waste.

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The gourmet sizzler was manned by local chefs using local produce.

West High Street Butchery sponsored this fundraiser and provided the CCFWF Team with house-made grass-fed beef sausages.

The Mermaid Beach House baked fresh focaccia and filled it with a butter poached sausage and six-hour slow cooked onions.

Bar Que Sera’s Summer Iced Tea proved a refreshing welcome on the humid day.

Yarrawarra Cultural Centre took over the Sizzle with Kangaroo sausages and, using freshly foraged Warrigal Greens, created a Warrigal Green Chimichurri.

They displayed some fresh greens on the table to showcase the native ingredients and educate people on what it looks like when freshly picked.

Next up, The Palmetto Food Caravan took over.

Lindsay Russell, one of the festival coordinators, co-owns this food truck with her partner Ed Martin – who was also taking photos for the day through his business, Broken Open Productions, when he wasn’t manning the grill.

Their menu consisted of homemade Palmetto BBQ Sauce, classic white bread, West High Street Butchery sausages, onions cooked with local Gallows Brewing Co beer, and roasted green chillies from New Life Farm.

Lindsay told News Of The Area, “Most importantly, on top of all of the delicious, crowd pleasing food, was the great cause that this event raised money for – OzHarvest.

“Julie Ferguson (founder Coffs OzHarvest) and volunteer Tracey Dick-Smith pulled up in the bright yellow OzHarvest van to chat to people about their efforts rescuing food and helping put food on plates for those in need.”

This event served as a tiny taste of the Dining Experiences & Foodie Workshops that people can experience at The Coffs Coast Food & Wine Festival from March 4-13, 2022.

The team comprises local foodie fans Dave Mansfield from Amplify Events & The Jetty Beach House, Heidi Figenschau and Lindsay Russell from Fluke & Fern Marketing Agency.

“Our goal is to showcase local chefs, businesses and ingredients from all over the region from Bellingen up to Woolgoolga.”

A donation of $1 from every CCFWF ticket will go to OzHarvest Coffs Harbour.

The Provedores sponsored the event with eco-friendly napkins and Masterfoods provided classic sauces.

For more info about The Coffs Harbour Food & Wine Festival see




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