If you’re still looking for a reason to get away to Byron Bay, here’s the latest: a brand new festival that will have you eating, drinking, seeing art, listening to music and having fun, all at Seaside Spot of New South Wales. That’s what’s on the agenda Revel Byron Bay Food and Culture Festivalwhich just announced the dates for its inaugural event — and gave potential attendees a taste of what to expect.

First, block out the four days between Thursday, November 10 and Sunday, November 13 in your calendar, when Revel will debut. As for the program, exact details have yet to be revealed, but it will cover food, drink, music, art and culture.

Think long lunches, twilight parties, and strolls around public art installations, as well as live performances, health and wellness classes, shopping at a produce market, and guided tours. The festival will also include panel discussions and workshops, and will take place not just in Byron, but across the Northern Rivers region.

Chef David Moyle, who has been head chef at Harvest Newrybar since 2020, is Revel’s festival kitchen curator – and explains that the festival is about ‘bringing people together to enjoy the company of friends and family with good food and good vibes in a beautiful setting”.

This will come courtesy of Revel Festival Village, aka a massive food, drink, music and arts district that will span the entire North Byron Hotel in the Byron Arts and Industrial Estate, and thanks to events in many other places around the area. On the list: Harvest, of course, as well as 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 Compagnon Group Ciao !, The Eltham and you beauty.

Given the location, there will be a beachside program within the wider program overlooking Byron Bay’s main beach – including the festival opening event – on Thursday and Friday, as well a secret garden of Revel operating on Saturday and Sunday.

And, although exactly what the artistic and cultural side of the line-up entails has not been disclosed, advising on this part of the proceedings are Arakwal Bundjalung woman Delta Kay, as well as artists Paul McNeil and Karlee Mackie.

“As we all know, the hospitality industry has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic along with tourism, arts and music, and these are all industries that Byron Shire largely supports for a regional venue. “said Revel Byron Bay Food. and cultural festival founder and director Alex Taylor, announcing the festival dates.

“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 wider community that has struggled to connect over the past couple of years,” added the co-director of the Revel festival. Johnny Ruddy.

The Revel Byron Bay Food and Culture Festival will take place from Thursday 10th November to Sunday 13th November at various locations around Byron Bay and the Northern Rivers region. For more information, visit the festival website.

Images: Jess Kearney.