What’s on in Autumn

What’s on in Autumn

What’s on in Autumn 2560 1920 Table Under a Tree

Normal, not normal? The new normal? However you want to describe it, there’s some fun, tasty and challenging options for things to do this Autumn in the Northern Rivers.

Whether you’re into food, sports, nature or something else entirely, there’s actually a lot happening across the Northern Rivers this Autumn. Sure it might not be quite the same as pre-COVID, but that’s no reason not to get out and support some of the events and happenings on offer. Here’s some options to contemplate:

  • Want to learn about fish? Check out the Bugs and Bass Family Fun Day on Sunday 28 March. With two local Landcare groups at the helm, you’ll be able to learn about water bugs and land bugs, get advice on freshwater fishing and get some native plant advice. The kids will be entertained and Barefoot Farm will be offering coffee and food.
  • Get into some food truck vibes on Friday 16 April at the Bangalow Food Truck Festival.  Local food trucks, kid’s activities, live music… Sounds like an easy night out.
  • You must, must, must partake in some Harvest Food Trail adventuring on Saturday-Sunday 1-2 May. Now of course, I’d love you to come on our special guided tour, and then you can hit some extra places on the Sunday! Seriously, we’re so excited to have the Trail back this year and there are loads of great places opening their doors so please support as many as you can.
  • Embrace your inner-athlete at the Byron Bay Tri on Saturday 8 May. With options and distances to suit anyone, there’s no reason not to tri! I’ll see you there…
  • Have a laugh at the Byron Comedy Festival from 13-16 May. Lots of great names on the line-up so get your tickets early.
  • Get your farm-nerd on with Primex. From 20-22 May, Casino hosts the annual agriculture field day and the focus is firmly on sustainability and bridging the gap between farmers and consumers. Sure you can go and buy a tractor, but you can also go and enjoy the Paddock to Plate exhibits, eat some great food, and watch some fascinating displays and exhibitions. Well worth the drive.
  • See the region from a paddleboard on Sunday 23 May. The Mullum2Bruns Paddle is back and registrations are open now. Plenty of options depending on how seriously (or fast) you want to take it!

Want another hot tip on food? Get yourself to Locavore Byron on a Tuesday. Locavore is the shopfront from our favourite meaty peeps at Brooklet Springs Farm, and it is fabulous. They’ve teamed up with chef Simon Jones (who was Executive Chef at Elements) for something extra special on Tuesday nights. Think crunchy, think finger licking, think herbs and spices. Think fried chicken! Word of warning though: it sells out, so get down there around 5.30pm or so to nab your chook. Actually, just go and visit Locavore and check out the broths, the meats, the local goodies, everything. And if you can’t let me know because we’ll deliver it for you!

Something not to do? Minyon Falls lookout and picnic areas are closed until the end of June for upgrade, so head for a different waterfall or bushwalk.

And yes, BluesFest is back! Probably don’t need to tell you much about that one given it’s popularity. Great to see it back on, and if you haven’t grabbed a ticket yet, you might have to sit it out until 2022. Check their website, and keep an eye out for side-gigs if you miss out.

However you choose to spend Autumn in our region, make sure to stay safe! And make sure you recover and replenish with some awesome local food from the fantastic local farmers, growers and producers who call the area home.



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