Northern Rivers Style - - WELCOME - KATE O’NEILL kate.oneill2@north­ern­

Idon’t know about you, but I’m al­ways hun­grier in win­ter. Maybe it’s the cold weather, or the ex­tra time spent in­doors, but I find my­self think­ing about food for a good part of my wak­ing hours!

Lucky for us, our re­gion has a food scene that’s the envy of the world. There’s boun­ti­ful fresh pro­duce avail­able at farm­ers’ mar­kets held al­most ev­ery day of the week, tal­ented chefs and pas­sion­ate food pro­duc­ers, and an ever-in­creas­ing num­ber of lo­cal fes­ti­vals and events ded­i­cated to food.

One of the long­est run­ning is the Ballina Food and Wine Fes­ti­val, com­ing up on July 1. It’s a smor­gas­bord of lo­cal pro­duce, pre­mium wines, craft beers and cook­ing demon­stra­tions that’s not to be missed, and in­cludes an ap­pear­ance from renowned chef Sean Con­nolly - read our in­ter­view with Sean on page 8.

Also in this is­sue, we visit a lo­cal olive farm, show you how to cre­ate the per­fect din­ing ta­ble set­ting and dis­cover some of Mel­bourne’s best eats for un­der $10 in our travel sec­tion.

Bon ap­pétit!

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