Byron Bay is set to host another festival this year, but this brand new offering is unlike anything Northern Rivers has staged yet.

Announced today, the first REVEL Byron Bay Food and Culture Festival will celebrate the food, drink, music, art and culture of the rivers of the North from Thursday November 10th to Sunday November 13th.

Honoring the local community, the festival will take over popular restaurants and businesses across the NSW region over four days of events. The festival will include long lunches, twilight parties, public art installations, performances, health and wellness classes, a produce market, tours, panel discussions and workshops.

In a move that will make true foodies salivate, REVEL’s food and drink component will be led by none other than Festival Food Curator, David Moyle. Formerly famous for Longsong and Franklin, Moyle changed course to Byron Bay in 2020, where he joined Harvest Newrybar as Head of Food.

Known for his down-to-earth cooking style and ethical food sourcing practices, David Moyle says REVEL is the perfect platform to celebrate and recognize the importance of Byron’s food culture.

“What this festival aims to accomplish is so important to this community that has been rocked by so many challenges over the past few years,” says Moyle. “It will be great to bring people together to enjoy the company of friends and family with good food and good vibes in a beautiful setting.”

Award-winning restaurant and event space REVEL Harvest Newrybar

Inspired by the difficulties faced by the local Byron Bay community due to COVID-19, Alex Taylor, Founder and Director of the REVEL Byron Bay Food and Culture Festival, says: “As we all know, the hospitality industry has been l he one of the hardest hit by the pandemic along with tourism, arts and music and these are all industries that Byron Shire is heavily backing for a regional place.

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Festival co-director Jonny Ruddy said they had a wealth of talent to choose from when staging the event “Byron Bay is an incredible hub of creative and entrepreneurial talent and we wanted to create something that would support all of these industries as well as the broader community that has struggled to connect over the past two years.

Alex Taylor and Jonny Ruddy,
Festival co-directors Alex Taylor and Jonny Ruddy

Centered around the REVEL Festival Village, where food, drink, music and the arts converge, the festival will take over the entire North Byron Hotel in the Byron Arts and Industrial Estate.

It will also feature on-site events such as Harvest, Raes on Wategos, Three Blue Ducks, Belongil Beach Italian Food, Bang Bang Byron Bay, Barrio, Capiche, The Hut, The Roadhouse, Treehouse on Belongil and Mosey on Inn group. (Ciao Mate!, The Eltham and You Beauty), and many more.

Highlights of the festival are expected to include what has been dubbed “Beachside REVEL” (overlooking Byron Bay’s main beach) where an opening event will take place and the “Secret REVEL Garden” in town, where several events will take place.

Byron Shire Council said Byron Bay’s REVEL food and culture festival will have a ‘positive impact’ on the local community. Byron Shire Council Mayor Michael Lyon said:

“Rivers North is home to diverse and vibrant communities and has incredible creative talent, great food and spectacular natural beauty and I can’t wait to see how this new festival showcases that.”

“The organizers live here and have expressed their commitment to ensuring the benefits of the event are shared in our community while encouraging longer stay tourism and highlighting the best that this region has to offer,” Lyons added.

“I can see the positive impact this will have on our local economy and community after the challenges of the past two years with the pandemic and the recent devastating floods – it will be nice to come together again and enjoy the festivities.”

Advisors Delta Kay, Arakwal Bundjalung Woman, cultural educator and festival ambassador and artists Paul McNeil and Karlee Mackie (MLAK) also offer their support and knowledge for the first year of REVEL. The above individuals are among the many collaborators and artistic ambassadors of REVEL Byron Bay.

Karlee Mackie (MLAK)
Artistic Collaborator REVEL Byron Bay Karlee Mackie (MLAK)

The REVEL Byron Bay Food and Culture Festival will be held at various venues from Thursday November 10th to Sunday November 13th. For more information and to register, go to official site.

Byron Bay REVEL Food and Culture Festival Program

Thursday November 10 – Sunday November 13
On-site events at restaurants, breweries, distilleries, cafes, art galleries, local businesses and iconic venues in Byron Bay and Northern Rivers.

Thursday November 10 – Friday November 11
REVEL events on the beach, including the opening event

Saturday November 12 – Sunday November 13
Entertainment REVEL Village Festival and REVEL Secret Garden

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