What to sample at Sample 2019

What to sample at Sample 2019

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It’s only a few days now until one of the food highlights on the calendar in the Byron region. Yes, the annual Sample Festival, held in delightful Bangalow, rolls around this Saturday and it is an event not to miss if you’re in the area. Unfortunately for me, I won’t be able to make it this year, but that hasn’t stopped me drooling over the menu card and marking up the stallholder list. To help those lucky folks who will make it, here’s one local’s tips on what to Sample at Sample.

On the food front, the choices really are impressive this year. If I was going, I’d be strategic and go with some friends or family with a plan to start early and share everything! I’d head for A Chef’s Pocket to try some ceviche, and then swing by Yulli’s for the san choy bau dish with Korean fried broccoli. I’d wander to Doma Café for mushroom katsu, Chupacabra for flame-grilled corn and then to Shelter for scallops in XO sauce. Next up would be either Luscious‘ Moroccan fish harayme or Rae’s zucchini flowers. Or maybe Bang Bang’s smoked eggplant miang. Or Harvest’s carrot dish. If stomach capacity still allowed, I’d want to try Butcher Baker’s harissa smoked lamb or Bombay to Byron’s dosa with curried chicken. I would definitely swing by Eltham Valley Pantry to grab some pecan caramel pie – probably to take home because I’d be fit to burst if I managed to get through all that!

Possibly it’s a good thing I won’t be there!

And of course, I’d want to match that spread with a refreshing beverage, and I’d be hard pressed to choose between a passionfruit mojito from the wonderful folks at Husk or a straightforward refreshing brew from Stone and Wood. With plenty of Mount Warning Spring Water of course!

The smart thing to do at Sample is to mix up your day (and yes, plan on going for the day so you can relax into the event). Try some food and then wander some stalls and then repeat. There’s plenty to recommend, with those I’d steer visitors toward including The Bay Smokehouse and Shuck for seafood goodness; and the pairing of Cheeses Loves You and Byron Bay Crackers, Wattle Tree Creek and the Byron Bay Olive Co for everything you need for a platter to take home. People who are doing interesting things that are definitely worth visiting would be Sweet n Sourdough, Tweed Real Food, Byron Bay Cacao and Pyewackets.

Take a break for long enough to go and watch My Mayor Rules, hosted by Northern Rivers Food for some light entertainment, and then get straight back into sipping, strolling and tasting!

I’m hungry and thirsty just writing this! Whatever you decide to sample at Sample, make sure you’re supporting real people, making real food at real places. And let me know what deliciousness I missed this year!