Eat the Street serves up delicious food and entertainment

Friday, 09 February

Lismore's annual street food festival, Eat the Street, is coming up on Saturday, 10 March.

The event won a silver gong at the NSW Tourism Awards last year and organisers are keen to build on that success in coming years.

City Centre Manager Jason Mumford said as well as fun, food and music in Magellan Street, the Lismore Business Panel and the Lismore City Council Tourism and Events Unit have added some new activities prior to the main event.

“This is signature event for Lismore so we want to build and grow the festival to include additional events and pop-up celebrations,” Jason said.

“This event has hit a chord with locals and is already incredibly popular – people in the Northern Rivers love food and we have so many exciting cottage industries, producers, breweries, eateries, restaurants and chefs to celebrate. The sky’s the limit for Eat the Street.”

The first new event is a progressive dinner on Thursday, 8 March, taking in some of Lismore’s finest eateries. Stroll from restaurant to restaurant on a cool autumn evening, enjoying drinks and exciting food creations at every location along the way. For details and tickets, visit

On Friday, 9 March, Council’s bubbly and vivacious Tourism Services Coordinator, Andrew Walker, will host a Northern Rivers Food Tour. Interested foodies are invited on a culinary journey that will wind its way through the hills for the best food experiences the region has to offer. The day will run from 9am to 4pm and tickets are available at

For those who simply want to attend the Eat the Street festival proper, there will be no shortage of interesting and delicious things to eat, see, do and listen to in the heart of Lismore on Saturday, 10 March.

As well as the usual assortment of food and beverage stalls, the popular Cooking Stage will return, where you can see top chefs sharing their favourite recipes and cooking tips.

The headline chef this year is Luca Ciano, who inherited his passion for food and culinary exploration from his Italian nonna back when he was eight years old. Luca’s established career includes the famous two Michelin-starred restaurant Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia in Milan while in his adopted homeland of Australia he has worked at the Sheraton on the Park, The Westin in Sydney and Cypress Lakes Resort in the Hunter Valley.

An award-winning and widely celebrated chef, Luca has appeared on Channel 7’s The Morning Show, has released his own signature product range and produced a best-selling cookbook, Luca’s Seasonal Journey.

Luca will be joined on stage by local chefs from some of the region’s most popular eateries including Jill Richardson from A Taste of the Bush and her daughter Claire Parry from Wattle Tree Creek, as well as chefs from Harvest, The Loft and Eltham Valley Pantry.

The Entertainment Stage is also bigger and better this year with a host of regional entertainers on the bill including Moz Troniquz, the Cath Simes Band, Bill Smith, Line Lockers and many more.

Organisers have also added kids’ cooking workshops for little foodies (bookings required) and smoothie bikes where people can create their own smoothie using pedal power.

For more information and bookings, visit

Images: Launching Eat the Street 2018 are Lismore Business Panel chair Hayley Brown and Lismore City Council Tourism and Events Manager Mitch Lowe (front) with (rear l-r) Lismore Workers Club catering manager Dominic Dagostino, entertainer Bill Smith and Lismore Workers Club chef Murray Donkin.

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