Summer Sesh a hit for Coffs Coast Food & Wine Festival

The Australian Rock Collective (ARC) finished the Saturday night session with a killer set. Photo: Sam Catling

SUMMER Sesh, the final event in the Coffs Coast Food and Wine Festival schedule, was a hit last weekend, 26 and 27 November, at Jetty Beach House.

With the backdrop of Gallows Beach and a sun-kissed harbour, the inaugural festival featured amazing talent from both near and far.

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The Harvest Stage featured many local musicians who blew the crowd away.

The weekend’s headliners were true Aussie icons.

“On Saturday, Alex Lloyd played a breathtaking set, sunset and all,” Lindsay Russell, Festival Director, Coffs Coast Food and Wine Festival told News Of The Area.

“Australian Rock Collective (ARC), a supergroup with members of Powderfinger, Spiderbait, Jet and You Am I, finished the night with an absolutely killer set and the crowd went wild to a set full of classic Aussie rock.”

Sunday’s headliners also brought some major energy to the stage.

“Big Twisty and The Funknasty got the crowd into a funk frenzy with their tight seven-piece band.

“Kim Churchill closed the festival with a vibrant show.”

On the foodie side, the local food trucks and the Jetty Beach House bistro received rave reviews.

The back stage, sponsored by Coffs Coast Harvest, was also home to a number of ‘Foodie Chats’.

Representatives from New Life Farm, Gallows Brewing Co., Critters Distillery, Santus Brewing Co., Woopi Brewing Co., and Bellingen Pasta all spoke to the importance of local food and the many ways you can support the local food economy.

Sustainability was also a top priority at the event.

“OzGreen did an incredible job educating festival goers on the correct bins for compostable food waste, with all of the food waste being composted throughout the two-day event,” said Lindsay.

For every ticket sold, two meals now go to locals in need via the festival’s partnership with OzHarvest who were on-site showcasing their food rescue organisation.

“Seeing the venue come alive with colour, laughter, and word class music was very special.

“Thanks for the happy bunch that came and had a blast with us all at Jetty Beach House,” said Abe McDonald, General Manager of Jetty Beach House.

The Coffs Coast Food and Wine Festival provided a multitude of well attended events throughout 2022 thanks to receiving a grant from NSW Government’s Regional Events Acceleration Fund.


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