Lismore serves up food extravaganza and elite AFL

Friday, 08 March

Football, food and family fun will be served up in spades this weekend, when Lismore hosts its annual award-winning food festival Eat the Street and the city’s first national game of AFL.

The 2019 Eat the Street food festival runs from 12pm-9pm this Saturday, 9 March in and around Magellan Street in the heart of the city.

There will be tasting plates from some of the region’s best restaurants, eateries and chefs, as well as boutique drink and beverage stalls and loads of home-grown produce and locally made products.

Kids’ activities will run all day and there will be lots of other activities to enjoy, including a live demonstration and Q&A on the cooking stage with this year’s celebrity chef, Matt Golinski.

The Southern Cross University music stage will also serve up a huge line-up including Jimmy Willing & The Real Gone Hick-Ups, Timbuktu and the incredible Wild Marmalade big band. Featuring the original Wild Marmalade line-up alongside Paul George from Tijuana Cartel and legendary percussionist Ben Walsh, this promises to be an amazing end to the food festival.

On Sunday Eat the Street will be followed by Lismore’s first ever national AFL match – a pre-season clash between the Sydney Swans and Gold Coast Suns at Oakes Oval, on Sunday, 10 March from 1.10pm.

The oval underwent a $2.8 million upgrade last year to cater for AFL matches and this is the first – hopefully of many – national fixtures to be played at the newly refurbished sportsground.

Lismore City Council’s Acting City Centre Manager Andrew Walker said the Eat the Street food festival and AFL could attract up to 40,000 people over the two days.

“This is a huge weekend for Lismore. Many of our accommodation providers are booked out and we will see a huge influx of visitors to the city. It’s a big boost for our economy and showcases Lismore at its best,” Andrew said.

“As well as the food festival and the footy we encourage visitors to also enjoy some of the other things Lismore has to offer such as our Lismore Regional Gallery and Quad space and our fantastic Back Alley Gallery, which showcases local and international street artists.”

For more information on Eat the Street and other activities happening in Lismore, go to www.visitlismore.com.au. General admission AFL tickets are available online or at the gate on the day.

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