Special feast for bEATS festival

MidCoast Council

A unique long-table dining event is one of the highlights of the inaugural Barrington Coast bEATS festival.

The Barrington Coast Long Table Dinner will be held at Yalawanyi Ganya in Taree on the evening of Saturday 26 March.

Celebrated chef Clayton Donovan will curate the special culinary event. Mr Donovan is Australia’s first Indigenous hatted chef and has a passion for introducing native flavours to modern Australian cuisine.

Donna Carrier, from award-winning Wingham café Bent on Food, is coordinating the evening. She said it was a thrill to welcome Mr Donovan to the Barrington Coast.

“His exceptional cheffing experience in restaurants around the world combined with his passion for Indigenous flavours will produce a menu that will excite and delight.

“The Australian Good Food Guide notes his signature dish is cheese and macadamia nut beignets with a Davidson plum reduction, although his feature flavours are bush tomato, quandong and finger lime.”

Local stylist, Kristy Laurie of Empire Leaf, will style the night to match the flavour. Local apprentices, trainees and hospitality students will help serve and cook, providing an invaluable experience for our up-and-coming foodies.

Seating is limited to 80 people at $150 per head. Local wine and beer will be served alongside the fabulous produce from our region. Tickets are available online at Eventbrite

The inaugural Barrington Coast bEATS Festival is presented by MidCoast Council and Manning Regional Art Gallery, working alongside local tourism operators and venues.

Providing a program of events from late March to early April it will appeal to residents and visitors alike.

The Festival includes the return of popular local events the Lakeside Festival, Great Lakes Food Trail and Tastefest on the Manning. It will also introduce some exciting new events such as the Tanks Art Trail, as well as markets and exhibitions.

Funding for the bEATS Festival and the accompanying Arts Trail is through the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery grants program, a NSW Government bushfire recovery initiative.

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