On a perfect autumn day in early March - the North East Food and Wine Festival once again delighted attendees

On a perfect autumn day in early March - the North East Food and Wine Festival once again delighted attendees

By Susan Burdett
29 Mar 2018

On a perfect autumn day in early March, with clear skies and the buzz of a busy marketplace – the 2018 North East Food and Wine Festival once again delighted attendees.

Food at NEFAWF

Despite a busy weekend of events on offer throughout our local region, nearly 10,000 people took the opportunity to join in the activities at the Festival which was hosted in the beautiful spaces of Junction Square in central Wodonga.

The Festival presented an enticing array of food and beverage stalls from local producers across the north east region. Live music from bands, ‘Craig & Maddy’, ‘Ceilidh Rogues’, Marco Dodds, and Brent Shirley entertained passers-by, with many people taking the opportunity to relax into the late afternoon with their families and enjoy the music whilst making a meal with their food and drink selections. 

NEFAWF crowds in Junction Square

Celebrating its fifth year of operation, the North East Food and Wine Festival has certainly consolidated its position as a regional showcase of gourmet produce. Once again offering something for every taste and budget, the Festival showcased over 70 stalls - from good coffee, wines, ciders, locally brewed beers, to fresh produce that included olives, walnuts, pork, lamb, beef, bread, cheese, cakes, fruit, vegetables, and condiments. Hot and cold foods were also on offer throughout the day for people to sample and purchase, and included a variety of cuisines such as Italian, Indian, Spanish, and much more. 

Food choices at NEFAWF

A key component of the Festival was also the involvement of students who are enrolled in Events and Hospitality with Wodonga TAFE. While the city was still sleeping, the students and their teacher were on hand in the early morning hours to work on setting up for the Festival, all under the guidance of Wodonga TAFE’s Event Coordinator, Ms Katie Shalevski.

‘This hands-on participation and involvement in the Festival gives our students the perfect opportunity to gain many hours of valuable practical experience in a live event setting’, said Katie. ‘The students were able to hit the ground running and experience the actual work involved in a successful event.’

Students and Teacher at Autumn on the Promenade

And if running a successful Food and Wine Festival wasn’t enough to keep our Events Coordinator on her toes, this was all on top of the previous night’s festivities at an open-air dinner that featured the historic setting of Junction Square. ‘Autumn on the Promenade’ was an exclusive dinner that hosted nearly 100 guests as they experienced an amazing gastronomic collaboration between the chefs from Junction Square restaurants. All enjoyed delicious local produce matched with some of the region’s best wines and craft beers.

Autumn on the Promenade at NEFAWF

All in all, another successful North East Food and Wine Festival – we can’t wait to be given the date for 2019. Not to be missed!

Photos by James Shoemark Photography.