Nelson Bay’s Food and Wine Festival, NSW
Last event – November 5 and 6, 2016.
Next event – Dates to be confirmed for November 2017.
Teramby Road, Nelson Bay
Prices vary according to events
Known as ‘Tastes at the Bay Food and Wine Festival’
Celebrating all things local in fine produce, wines, craft beers and entertainment, the Port Stephens Food and Wine Festival is an annual community event for all foodies from the area and around NSW.
Held during November, the festival venue is the stunning d’Albora Marina waterfront and alongside Nelson Bay CBD.
It features cooking demonstrations, local produce and winery showcases, samples of gourmet fare, jazz music, entertainment and market stalls.
In previous years, highlights have included a progressive three course luncheon cruise, oyster shuck off event, a beer presentation by Murray’s Craft Brewing Co and wine tastings from Port Stephens and Hunter Valley wineries. Family friendly activities include carnival rides, face painting and casual dining at the Food Bazaar.
Golden Chain Accommodation in the area:
- Tea Gardens Country Club Motel – 2a Yalinbah Street, Tea Gardens, 2324. Ph: 1800 634 790.
Things to do in the region:
- Popular for its 26 beautiful beaches and scenic waterways, Port Stephens makes for an ideal beach holiday with a lot of water activities to enjoy. Surfing beaches include One Mile Beach and Birubi Beach. Family friendly beaches include One Mile Beach and Boat Harbour.
- Go dolphin watching. One of the tour cruises that offers dolphin watching is the Moonshadow-TQC Cruise (www.moonshadow.com.au) at Nelson Bay. You can even get up close to a dolphin during a sunset kayak tour (www.paddleportstephens.com.au).
- Stroll along the Shoal Bay beachline to the top of the stunning views of Tomaree Headland.
- Go snorkelling or scuba diving at Fly Point at Halifax Park Aquatic Reserve. This place protects all marine and animal life so no fishing or shell collecting is permitted – just observing.
- Visit Myall Lakes National Park. Highlights include walking the Treachery Headland track and eating al fresco at the Black Oaks picnic area.
- Get some fun action with quad biking and sandboarding at Stockton Sand Dunes.
If you plan to bring along the family, be aware that not all events allow children. Make sure you check that your event is child friendly before purchasing tickets.
Be prepared and book your event tickets and accommodation early as they can be fully booked during festival time.
Always check the Visit NSW’s Port Stephens Food and Wine Festival page (www.visitnsw.com/destinations/north-coast/port-stephens-area/nelson-bay/events/tastes-the-bay-food-wine-and-jazz-festival) for information and updates.
Jazz music is abundant across the events so get in the mood by listening to some smooth jazz tunes on your way to Port Stephens!
Remember to pace yourself across the festival. As well as sampling all the good food and wine, don’t forget to hydrate with water in between all the deliciousness!
Last event – November 5 and 6, 2016
Next event – Dates to be confirmed for November 2017
The festival will host local fine food, wineries and craft beer from the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens regions, cooking demonstrations, and more, along with music to make your day.The festival will be featuring:
- A fully ticketed Progressive Jazz 3-course Luncheon Cruise on the Spirit of Port Stephens. Guests will embark at dÁlbora Marina at 10.45am then cruise the crystal clear waterways with entree served on-board, disembark for the main meal at “Salamander Shores” followed by dessert at “The Point” restaurant. You will return to dÁlbora Marina at 3.30pm. $89 per adult and $70 per child (12yrs and under, no infants), includes 3-course lunch. Beverages at your own cost. Bookings can be made by clicking here.
- Cooking demonstration showcasing “Signature Dishes” from local fine food restaurants
- Extensive range of Jazz Bands performing at the Festival
- Hunter Valley wineries and local produce will also be showcased at this annual event
Information from 2014 event
The foreshore will be packed with stalls from fine-dining restaurants, wineries, craft-beer makers, as well as markets, music and activities for the kids.
The festival also includes cooking and cocktail demonstrations by the likes of Vues on the Bay Restaurant, Aqua Blu and Dumpling House.
The annual Oyster Shuck Off will be back on November 1 – register on the day and shuck your oysters in the fastest time to take the title of winner.
Beer lovers can take in a presentation by Bobs Farm’s Murray’s Craft Brewing Co on Saturday, while wine aficionados can taste drops from the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens in the Wine Circle (wine-tasting tickets complete with goblet available for purchase at the festival).
In keeping with the relaxed waterside feel, the festival also includes communal and casual dining at its Food Bazaar, with stalls offering cuisine on the go and a large village-style table.
Food aside, entertainment on the festival’s foreshore stage includes performances from local jazz, swing and rhythm and blues musicians and nationally acclaimed acts including the Royal Navy Band.
The marina stage will also host a DJ and jazz acts.
For the kids (and big kids among us), there will be carnival rides, specialty market stalls, face painters. Aerobatic and air show-display pilot Paul Bennet will top off the festival with a low-level aerobatics show over the skies of beautiful Port Stephens.
Popular food, wine and jazz festival Tastes at the Bay returns to Nelson Bay this weekend to showcase the fresh produce and bountiful seafood Port Stephens has to offer.
A range of events are planned for November 5 and 6 in the town centre, at Apex Park and on the waterfront at d’Albora Marinas. There will be live bands, food stalls, cheese-making classes, oyster-shucking displays, sommelier talks and cooking demonstrations featuring signature dishes from Port Stephens restaurants.
In the cooking demonstration marquee, which will be set up at Apex Park, Paul Miranda will stage an airbrush colour application demonstration on fondant-icing-covered cakes and show you how to make a modern chocolate and ganache buttercream “drippy cake”. He will also host a croquembouche and sugar flower demonstration, while chefs from Nelson Bay’s Siennas Restaurant will teach you how to make the perfect gnocchi.
Port Stephens and Hunter Valley wines and craft beers will be available for tastings and locally grown fresh produce will be offered for sale.
The concept was conceived during the early 2000s by a Nelson Bay restaurateur as a small food and beverage event conducted in a d’Albora Marinas restaurant. In 2004 it was developed into a festival by Nelson Bay’s business community.
This free event is the largest in Port Stephens and organisers expect more than 9000 people to attend over the two days.
A new addition to Tastes at the Bay is the Progressive Jazz Luncheon Cruise. Guests will board the Spirit of Port Stephens from the marina and disembark at Salamander Shores and The Point restaurants where they will enjoy a three-course meal. Jazz musicians will play at both venues, making the dining experience even more memorable.
And then there’s the soundtrack. Jazz musicians will perform live throughout the festival, including Half Nelson, Contraband, The Novatones, The Howard Ward Band, The Brass Rehab Band, Fruit Trees, Claudio and The New Orleans Quartet featuring Eric Gibbons on trombone.
Port Stephens is also a popular area to visit with other attractions including:
- Surfing the waves at One Mile Beach and Birubi Beach
- Dolphin watching aboard the Moonshadow-TQC Cruise
- Sunset kayaking at Nelson Bay and Soldiers Point
- Walking along the Shoal Bay beachline to the top of Tomaree Headland
- Snorkelling or scuba diving at Fly Point at Halifax Park Aquatic Reserve
- Exploring Myall Lakes National Park
Quad biking and snowboarding at Stockton Sand Dunes