Northern NSW’s riches are on show next month with the annual Tweed Artisan Food Weekend.
Stroll around the biannual Tweed Artisan Food Weekend, deferred to November this year, and you might find yourself chatting to chef Armando Enriquez at Lolita’s Mexican Cantina about the food from his home state of Oaxaca, enjoying a long-table party under the stars with Steven Snow of Fins, the celebrated Gold Coast seafood restaurant, or wandering through an avocado plantation with acclaimed chef Christine Manfield during a progressive Picnic in the Paddock.
The weekend also speaks to the Tweed’s rich Indigenous past with a focus on the “first foods” of the Minjungbal people during a Cultural Experience on Water and to its contemporary presence in the context of up-to-the-minute destination dining.
Manfield, who relocated to NSW’s Tweed coast as Australia went into lockdown early in 2020, says her vision for future travel and food tours in the region focuses on immersive adventures that include an Indigenous perspective.
“For me, an essential part of the story of the Tweed has to include connecting with local Indigenous communities, which is an important aspect of the Tweed Artisan Food Weekend,” she says.
Known for being at the helm of renowned restaurants Universal and Paramount in Sydney and [email protected] in London, Manfield is one of many culinary ambassadors infusing new life into the Tweed Shire’s food and drink scene.
Manfield, who curates itineraries for the Tweed Coast in collaboration with Epicurious Travel, says the three-day weekend presents a distilled version of the diverse local culinary scene. And, like the small-group food tours she hosts, showcases the best the region has to offer.
“You can meet distillers, brewers, and regenerative farmers and also learn about native ingredients, food provenance and food security,” says Manfield, who worked with Tania Usher of Blue Ginger Picnics for the Picnic in the Paddock.
Manfield says she has been delighted to discover how much food fits into the lives of locals and loves what it says about the community and the values it holds dear.
“The Artisan Food Weekend showcases the collaboration and connectivity between chefs, farmers and producers,” she says.
This article originally appeared on Escape