Celebrated chef Clayton Donovan is visiting the Barrington Coast to curate a unique long-table style dining event showcasing the produce of our region.
This event is now SOLD OUT.
Clayton Donovan is Australia’s first Indigenous hatted chef. He defines his cooking style as contemporary with an Indigenous twist and has a passion for introducing native flavours to modern Australian cuisine.
The inaugural Barrington Coast Long Table Dinner is being coordinated by Donna Carrier from Wingham’s multi award winning café Bent On Food.
“We are so excited to welcome Clayton to the Barrington Coast, which takes its own inspiration from the Aboriginal description of the region, “the place where the leaves touch the waters from the mountains to the sea,” said Ms Carrier.
“His exceptional cheffing experience in restaurants around the world combined with his passion for Indigenous flavours will produce a menu that will excite and delight. The Australian Good Food Guide notes his signature dish is cheese and macadamia nut beignets with a Davidson plum reduction, although his feature flavours are bush tomato, quandong and finger lime.”
“Local apprentices, trainees and hospitality students will be assisting with serving and cooking at the event, affording an invaluable training experience for our up-and-coming foodies.”
This very special culinary event is being held on the evening of Saturday 26 March in the foyer of Yalawanyi Ganya in Taree. Yalawanyi Ganya means ‘sitting place’ or ‘meeting place’ in the Gathang language of the Biripi and Worimi peoples of the mid north coast. The building houses the offices of MidCoast Council and the name recognises the importance of the Aboriginal people and culture to the Barrington Coast and supports the re-emergence of the Gathang language.
Seats for this bespoke event is limited to 80 people at $150 per head. Local wine and beer will be featured alongside the fabulous produce of our region. Tickets are only available online at Eventbrite.
On the Sunday 27th, Chef Donovan will travel the length of the Great Lakes Food Trail visiting and interacting with producers and visitors throughout the day. The Great Lakes Food Trail is a collective of local producers and providores whose mission is to connect local and ethical producers to the community. Some of the Trail producers include the Coastal Brewery Company, Yeo Farm, Old Inn Road Winery, Great Lakes Paddocks, Palms Artisan Bakery, Farm to Fridge, Topi Open Range Farm and Long Table Farm to name a few.
The Long Table dinner is the feature event of the Barrington Coast ‘bEATS Festival, a month long festival celebrating our community and culture through local food, music and art. The festival will showcase our local artists, chefs, producer &, musicians in intimate & unusual settings across the region.
bEATS Festival | A new celebration of community and culture through food, music and art
The Barrington Coast bEATS Festival is a new celebration of community and culture through food, music and art. It provides an inspiring festival program throughout March that’s sure to appeal to residents and visitors alike.
The festival is presented by MidCoast Council and Manning Regional Art Gallery, working with tourism operators and venues across the Barrington Coast region of the lower mid north coast.
The bEATS Festival is anchored by popular major events including the Lakeside Festival (19 Mar), Barrington Coast Long Table Dinner (26 Mar), Great Lakes Food Trail (26-27 Mar) and Tastefest On The Manning (2 April).
Along with many smaller events, food trails and fringe music events, a new arts trail is also being established by The Tanks Art Trail. This project will deliver art installations on water reservoir tanks, similar to the impressive grain silo art seen across the country.
The Tanks Art Trail will connect with the bEATS Festival as a self-drive tour of public sculpture, murals and artist studios around the region, from the mountains to the sea.
The Barrington Coast bEATs Festival and The Tanks Art Trail are funded by the NSW Government through the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery grants program. The grants assist with the recovery of regional tourism by promoting and building awareness of our Barrington Coast tourism destination.