Ash Pollard announced as Eat the Street cooking MC

Friday, 02 March

Eat the Street organisers have announced that popular My Kitchen Rules contestant Ash Pollard will be the MC of the Eat the Street cooking stage on Saturday, 10 March.

Born in Tassie and raised on the Gold Coast, the now Melbourne-based foodie made a name for herself in 2015 when she competed in the sixth season of My Kitchen Rules. With her big hair and even bigger personality, she quickly became a household favourite, and went all the way to the series finale.

Later that year, Ash swapped the kitchen for the dancefloor and joined the 2015 series of Dancing with the Stars, once again making her way to the series final.

After mastering both cooking and dancing, Ash took on the South African jungle, starring in series three of the reality TV hit I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! where she competed for her chosen charity, Beyond Blue.

“We are so excited to announce Ash as our cooking stage MC – she is vibrant, fun and loves nothing more than to talk food and wine,” City Centre Manager Jason Mumford said.

“Not only will she be taking charge of our cooking stage and having fun with Eat the Street visitors but she will also share some of her own cooking hints and tips during a live cooking demonstration.”

You can catch Ash Pollard all day on the Eat the Street cooking stage. Her cooking demonstration will take place from 5.30pm to 6.15pm followed by guest celebrity chef Luca Ciano.

The Eat the Street food festival is bigger than ever in 2018, with hundreds of food and beverage stalls, cooking demonstrations, live music and other activities in the heart of Lismore from 12pm to 8pm.

This year there are also several new ticketed events that are now open for bookings. These include:

Progressive Mystery Dinner – Thursday, 8 March
Treat yourself to a sumptuous night of food and drink, with a rolling five-course dinner that includes stops at the Lismore Workers Club, LaVida Bar & Restaurant, Miss Lizzie’s, La Baracca and The Loft. Diners will be chauffeured from restaurant to restaurant and some of Lismore’s most acclaimed chefs will serve up their finest culinary creations to delight and inspire. The dinner runs from 5.30pm-9.30pm and tickets are $130 per person. For bookings and information, visit

Farm Gate Tour – Friday, 9 March
Take a roving Farm Gate Tour through the hills around Lismore, visiting farms and talking to farmers, before heading to the Eltham Valley Pantry for a long lunch featuring produce from the farms you have just visited. If you are a lover of fine food and supporting local farmers and business people, the Farm Gate Tour ticks all the boxes. The tour runs from 9am to 4.30pm and tickets are $115 per person. For bookings and information, visit

Masterclass with celebrity chef Luca Ciano – Saturday, 10 March
Join Italian master chef Luca Ciano for a special masterclass where you will enjoy three courses of cooking and eating, and receive a signed copy of his cookbook Luca’s Seasonal Journey to take home. But hurry, there are only eight spots in each masterclass! The two masterclasses run from 1.30pm-3pm and 4pm-5.30pm. Tickets are $90 per person. For bookings and information, visit

Foost Cooking Classes – Saturday, 10 March
Budding mini chefs are invited to join ‘The Colourful Chef’ on a cooking adventure in this fully interactive cooking workshop. Young chefs will get the chance to smell, touch, see, cook and taste a range of fresh, colourful ingredients. Each participant will take home their own paper chef’s hat and make their own colourful dish to be enjoyed after the class. Foost Cooking Classes are $12 each and run for 25 minutes at the Foost Cooking Stage near Woolworths in Carrington Street. Class times are 12.45pm, 1.30pm, 2.15pm, 3pm, 3.45pm, 4.30pm, 5.15pm and 6pm. For bookings and information, visit

Image: TV personality Ash Pollard has been announced as an MC at Eat the Street.

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