Nibbles: Tastes at the Bay food & wine festival 2014

PICTURESQUE: President of Nelson Bay and District Business Association Denise Sharp, venue manager of Vues on the Bay Jonathon Voll, and functions co-ordinator at Vues at the Bay Lauren McAulay pictured on the balcony at Vues on the Bay restaurant, at d’Albora Marinas.  Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

PICTURESQUE: President of Nelson Bay and District Business Association Denise Sharp, venue manager of Vues on the Bay Jonathon Voll, and functions co-ordinator at Vues at the Bay Lauren McAulay pictured on the balcony at Vues on the Bay restaurant, at d’Albora Marinas. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

WITH wine, food, beer, entertainment and more, the Nelson Bay foreshore will be a veritable foodies paradise in November for the annual Tastes at the Bay Food and Wine Festival.

On November 1 and 2, from 10am to 4pm, the festival is expected to attract 40,000 punters to the picturesque waterfront at d’Albora Marinas. 

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.

The Tastes at the Bay Food and Wine Festival is on November 1 and 2 at the Nelson Bay foreshore. Visit tastesatthebay.com.au.

IF you haven’t already booked Melbourne Cup after last week’s Food & Wine guide to the race that stops the nation, there are still plenty of events on the cards for the big day.

The Edwards, Newcastle West, is hosting an event raising awareness for the Mark Hughes Foundation. 

Tickets are $130 for the event, which includes a menu of cold cuts, canapes and a selection from an oyster bar, and drinks including champagne, beer and wines. There will be a bookmaker in-house, the race on a big screen, raffles, best-dressed prizes of vouchers from Abicus, Cooks Hill, and great tunes. Tickets at info@theedwards.com.au or on 4965 3845.

Charlestown’s Mattara Hotel is hosting a catwalk fashion show with Novocastrian models, supported by Charlestown Square’s Ally Fashion. Tickets $49, which includes a glass of champagne, live entertainment, three hours of canapes, a lucky-door prize, and prizes for sweeps and best dressed. TAB also available. Tickets on 4943 3911.

Kahibah Sports Club is hosting a function with tickets $50 a person  including canapes, a two-course luncheon and a glass of sparkling wine or a schooner of beer on arrival. There will also be plenty of prizes on offer for best-dressed couple, most stylish hat as well as live entertainment, a $1 mystery trifecta, racing on the big screen and full TAB facilities. 

Tickets at the bar or phone 49432987 or email dominique@kahibahsports.com.au. For every ticket $10  will be donated to the Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance.

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