Welcome to “what’s on!” A monthly guide for local events from Byron Bay to the Port Macquarie area.
Make sure you make the most of our gorgeous weather and get out to as many of these events as possible.

6th October

Breakfast In The Beds

Port Macquarie

Breakfast in the Beds

Breakfast in the Beds

Experience this organic market farm, harvest the freshest of produce, pass it to the chef and have it prepared and served for breakfast!

On arrival, you’ll be served tea or coffee with a pastry followed with a walk through the market garden, orchard, poultry run and bulk production plots with hosts Andrew and Therese talking about their sustainable farming activities and the challenges and successes that they have experienced while establishing Near River Produce throughout the past six years.


Whilst roaming about the farm harvest produce for breakfast – think poached eggs, served with freshly picked spinach and asparagus, and freshly squeezed orange juice. Bread will be sourced from a local bakery and the bacon will come from pigs raised in the valley.

The Chef will then prepare the bounty accompanied with a glass of sparkling white wine served to guests in a marquee erected in the garden.

This Breakfast in the Beds will end with tea, coffee, some local cheeses and Near River condiments, and an opportunity to purchase from the quality range of Near River produce and preserves.

Time: 9am

Location: Near River Produce, 1466 Pappinbarra Rd, Hollisdale NSW 2446

Cost: $40 per head

Bookings: Book by October 1st 2013 online at www.breakfastinthebeds.com or phone Andrew Hearne at Near River Produce on 0412 995 256 or email info@nearriverproduce.com

Website: www.breakfastinthebeds.com


6th October

An Oasis by the River

Port Macquarie

Vintage Car Vineyard Tour

Vintage Car Vineyard Tour

Explore three leading local wineries in style for a tour by Vintage vehicle culminating with a delicious two course French Lunch at the Oasis by the River restaurant.

Depart at 9.30 am sharp in the elegant vintage vehicles to visit Bago, Rose’s  and Long Point Vineyards before returning to Oasis by the River for as two course lunch including wine, beer and entertainment.

Cost: $135 per person

Venue: Pick up and Lunch at Oasis by the River, 613 Ocean Drive, North Haven

Bookings: Phone: 6559 6918

Email: oasisbytheriver@hotmail.com

12th Ocotber

High Tea on the Hastings

Port Macquarie

Tastings High Tea

Tastings High Tea

Enjoy an elegant High Tea on the lawn overlooking the sparkling Hastings River.

This annual Garden Party is a popular favourite with locals and visitors who gather on the Town Green in front of Rydges Zebu Bar + Grill for an elegant fun filled event serving up live entertainment, a variety of locally blended World Par Teas, Cassegrain Sparkling Wine, and an array of sweet and savoury delicacies crafted from fresh local produce. Traditional Pimms and Lemonade is also available to add an extra sparkle to the afternoon.

To book please phone Kate Wood-Foye on 6589 2811 or email: kate_woodfoye@rydges.com

Time: 2pm

Location: Rydges Port Macquarie, 1 Hay Street, Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Cost: $39 per head

Bookings: Phone Kate Wood-Foye on 6589 2811 or email: kate_woodfoye@rydges.com

Website: www.rydges.com/accommodation/regional-nsw/port-macquarie/local-area/whats-on/


18th October

Jazz & Shiraz

Port Macquarie

Jazz & Shiraz Eighteen Thirty

Jazz & Shiraz Eighteen Thirty

A celebration of local food, wine & music

Recently opened on level two of The Glasshouse, Eighteen Thirty Restaurant is proud to participate in its inaugural Tastings on Hasting with an unforgettable evening of Jazz ‘N Shiraz.

You’ll find live jazz that is smooth, sultry and swinging and the finest local shiraz that’s mellow and full bodied, accompanied by a delectable 6 course degustation dinner.

What better place to enjoy a celebration of local food, wine and music than at Port Macquarie’s award winning arts and entertainment venue.

Join us for a night to remember.

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Eighteen Thirty Restaurant, L2 Glasshouse, Clarence St, Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Cost: $99 per head

Bookings:  Phone Kelly King on 6584 3677  or email kelly.qsine@live.com.au

Website: www.facebook.com/EighteenThirtyRestaurant


19th October

World Par- TEA

Port Macquarie

World Par -Tea Victorian Banquet

World Par -Tea Victorian Banquet

World Par Tea is a leading local tea blender with a treasure trove of more than 100 tea blends, and elegant and funky tea party accessories in its Port Macquarie retail store. Right next door World Par Tea has established an equally elegant High Tea and Luncheon venue – the perfect enhancement to its thriving tea empire.

For this Victorian Luncheon Banquet step back in time in the Vintage tea rooms to enjoy a gorgeous banquet of delicate home cooked fare accompanied with the World Par Tea of your choice served in an eclectic collection of English Fine Bone China.

Time: 1pm

Location: World Par-TEA, Shop 22, 35 Merrigal Rd, Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Cost: $35 per head

Bookings:  Book by October 17th 2013. Phone Kerrie McMahon on 65814833 or email sales@worldpartea.com

Website: www.worldpartea.com.au


19th October

A Night at the Bar

Port Macquarie

A Night @ The Bar

A Night @ The Bar

The Black Duck Brewery is the newest boutique brewing company in Port Macquarie delivering a broad range of great tasting beers crafted with a unique combination of tradition, new technology and a lot of love!

The brewing gear is 50 years old and producing tasty fresh ales. At a capacity of 800 litres Black Duck Brewery has the flexibility to run a few different beer styles and as a result they have seven beers in the range and are working on a couple more.

Guests at this Beer and Fine Food matching night will enjoy all seven in the range accompanied with fine food crafted from the best fresh local produce by leading local caterers, XS Food. There will even be some of the beers incorporated into the recipes for the night.

Time: 6.30pm – 10pm

Location: Black Duck Brewery, 6 Acacia Avenue, Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Cost: $65 per head

Bookings: Book by Friday 5th October 2013. Phone Alistair Owen on 0407 874 474 or email info@blackduckbrewery.com.au

Website: www.blackduckbrewery.com.au

20th October

Bago Vineyard Cupcake Treasure Hunt

Port Macquarie

Bago Wines Cupcake Hunt

Bago Wines Cupcake Hunt

Now here is something for all the family! Enjoy the scenic drive to Bago Vineyard at Wauchope where children can enjoy this special event in the new Bago Maze while adults enjoy wine tastings and local cheese platters relaxing at the Cellar Door or on the lawns of this country hideaway.

Hidden deep within the Bago Maze will be four different treasure troves of coloured cupcakes carefully guarded by devoted treasure keepers.  Starting at the main maze gate the treasure seekers will be presented with a coloured card. Their goal will be to find the cupcake treasure trove of the same colours and when they are found the cupcakes are theirs to enjoy. Once found, the treasure keepers will exchange the card for a delicious cupcake treasure and another coloured card for the next treasure!  Bookings are essential to participate.

Embraced by mountains and vineyards this is a relaxing and beautiful place to be.

Time: Starts 10am – running all day

Location: Bago Vineyards, Milligans Road (off Bago Road), Wauchope NSW 2446

Cost: $12 per head

Bookings: Bookings are essential. Book by Friday 11th October on (02) 6585 7099 or email info@bagovineyards.com.au.

Website: www.bagovineyards.com.au


24th Ocotber

5 Plate Tasting Platter w Matching Wines @ Corner Restaurant

Port Macquarie

5 Course Corner Restaurant

5 Course Corner Restaurant

Chef Blake Dyer is a modest and talented individual specialising in sophisticated, creative, modern cuisine bouncing with flavour. He joins with the restaurant manager, Joh Chapman to romance your taste buds with a five plate Tastings Menu accompanied with premium wines.

The simple, contemporary décor and the stunning food will draw you into a relaxing and enjoyable evening.

Time: 6:30pm

Location: The Corner Restaurant, Cnr Clarence and Munster Streets, Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Cost: $95 per head

Bookings:  Book by 21st October 2013. To book phone (02) 6583 3300 or email thecorner@mwaters.com.au

Website: www.cornerrestaurant.com.au


26th October

Artist Markets in the Vines

Port Macquarie

Artist Markets in the Vines

Artist Markets in the Vines

The Artist Market in The Vines is a truly eclectic market showcasing local artists and artisans

The beautiful gardens of Cassegrain Winery are a perfect backdrop for the market’s artists to demonstrate their craft and display their works. It regularly features up to 70 stalls all with beautiful handcrafted goods along with live entertainment and Cassegrain wine tastings.

Time: 9am to 3pm

Location: Cassegrain Winery, 764 Fernbank Creek Road, Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Cost: Free

Further information: Phone Necia Waghorn on 0401 526 936 or email neciawaghorn@gmail.com

Website: www.facebook.com/TheArtistMarketInTheVines


26th October

SBS Taste Cocktail Party & Cooking Demonstration

Port Macquarie

SBS Feast Cocktail Party

SBS Feast Cocktail Party

SBS Feast magazine coming on board as the major sponsor for the 2013 Tastings on Hastings is a great cause for celebration and we invite you to join us in welcoming the SBS special Guest Chefs and members of the SBS Feast magazine team on the eve of the main event.

And what better place than the Town Green on the Hastings River to enjoy live music, great local wines, beers and fabulous, elegant foods crafted by XS Foods from delicious local product. XS Foods will be putting their best foot forward to impress our special visitors and local guests.

Join us to extend a warm Port Macquarie welcome to our generous sponsors.

Time: 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm

Location: The SBS Feast Tastings on Hastings Cooking Demonstration Arena on Town Green. Macquarie NSW 2444

Cost: $50 per head including a welcome champagne or beer, entertainment and fine food. Bookings essential. Numbers are limited.

Bookings:  Email: goodcompanygroup@bigpond.com or Phone: (02) 6585 9324.

Website: www.tastingsonhastings.com.au


27th October

SBS Tastings on Hastings Festival on the Green

Port Macquarie

Tastings on Hastings Festival

Tastings on Hastings Festival

The SBS Feast Tastings on Hastings returns to Port Macquarie’s Central Business District with more than 100 stall holders, serving an amazing range of great local cuisine along Clarence Street, the lower end of Horton Street and onto the expansive lawns of the Town Green overlooking the glistening Hastings River.

There will be a Cooking Demonstration Arena adding a new twist and tasty mix to the cuisine on offer.
See wandering entertainment through the happy throng and a host of leading local bands performing in a new Clarence Street venue.

This is a great family day out with something for everyone; children’s entertainment under the sprawling Town Green fig tree, cooking demonstration arena, the Focus Spaghetti Eating Competition and the ambiance of a brilliant location.

Join the colour, spectacle and excitement of this great day for foodies and families as we celebrate the bounty of our region.

If you have an event you feel would be suitable for inclusion in the guide please feel free to email. julie@gourmetgetaways.com.au

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