Eat the Street serves up delicious fun for all ages

Tuesday, 05 February

Lismore’s award-winning Eat the Street food festival will be even bigger and better than last year with all new classes, activities and live entertainment.

The 2019 Eat the Street festival will be held on Saturday, 9 March with several activities taking place in the lead-up to the main event.

The festival attracted more than 18,000 people last year and Lismore City Council’s Acting City Centre Manager Andrew Walker said Council hopes to attract upward of 25,000 visitors in 2019.

“People love this festival – it has become one of Lismore’s signature events and every year we seek feedback from the public so we can adapt the event to keep growing and improving,” Andrew said.

“The concept is simple – after all, everybody loves food. But what we also look to do is create new and interesting experiences each year to really lift the event to a different level.

“This year we will have new interactive activities for kids and adults alike, an incredible live music line-up and some really interesting culinary experiences and classes for foodies.”

The fun kicks off on Thursday, 7 March with a Progressive Dinner around Lismore. Diners will be transported from restaurant to restaurant, experiencing Lismore’s finest culinary offerings at the city’s best eateries.

Also on 7 March is a series of Food Foraging Tours led by local bushfood expert Peter Hardwick. Identify and discover the region’s amazing array of edible natives and taste dishes made from these wonderful local ingredients.

If drinks are more to your taste, join the new Mixology Class with Howard Johnson at The Loft on the afternoon of Friday, 8 March. Learn to make perfect cocktails at one of Lismore’s finest bars – and have fun drinking them!

Eat the Street will come alive on Saturday, 9 March from 12pm to 9pm in the heart of Lismore. There will be more than 50 stalls offering tasting plates, plus boutique drinks and beverages, home-grown produce and locally made products.

The popular Cooking Stage will return with celebrity chef Matt Goliniski hosting a masterclass on Saturday morning. He will also share recipes plus cooking tips and tricks in a free live demonstration and take part in a Q&A.

This year the entertainment stage will feature a line-up of musicians from far and wide, including headline act Wild Marmalade, who will end the evening with their high-energy dance music.

The following day, Lismore will host its first AFL pre-season match between the Sydney Swans and Gold Coast Suns. These matches are possible following a $2.8 million upgrade of Oakes Oval to accommodate national AFL matches and Andrew encourages visitors to make a weekend of it.

“Come to Lismore for Eat the Street, stay in the city on Saturday night and enjoy a fantastic game of AFL. You will get to experience Lismore as its best and it's all great family fun,” Andrew said.

“Come and see why we are the heart of the Northern Rivers. There is so much to love about Lismore.”

For more information or bookings for any of the classes or activities, visit

Image: Launching the 2019 Eat the Street food festival are (front l-r) Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith, Lismore City Council General Manager Shelley Oldham and Lismore MP Thomas George with Myeka Page from Southern Cross University (seated) and (rear l-r) Lismore Workers Club chef Philip McLoughlin, Acting City Centre Manager Andrew Walker and Lismore Workers Club Group Catering Manager Dominic D'agostino.

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