Nosh Narrabri is a biennial food and beverage festival, held in Narrabri in the heart of north western NSW.
Nosh aims to showcase products produced by local growers, food creators and beverage makers: promoting sustainable food production, gathering our community together to celebrate the creativity and talent of others, and inspiring people to support local.
In 2019, Nosh Narrabri was held on Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September, on the banks of Narrabri Creek (the parklands behind the Crossing Theatre).
Nosh Narrabri will return again in 2021!
Nosh Narrabri began as Nosh on the Namoi in 2003, as a small festival to showcase goods from local producers of fine food and wine. The inaugural festival had 27 stallholders presenting products as diverse as olives, ice cream, wine, crayfish, smoked trout, beef, herbal tea, locally produced pasta, preserves, chicken, oysters, preserves, condiments, caterers and restaurants.
The 2003 event launched the products of Tall Poppy (condiments and processed local produce) and Bellata Gold (Durum pasta), both of which went on to great success, being stocked in many regional and metropolitan outlets including David Jones.
The response to the inaugural event was overwhelmingly positive and Nosh on the Namoi was set to become a regular event for the Narrabri region. Over the past 14 years, thousands of locals and visitors have attended Nosh, which continues to showcase products produced by local growers, food creators and beverage makers.
In 2017, a new committee revamped Nosh on the Namoi into Nosh Narrabri, with the overarching aims of promoting sustainable food production, gathering the community together to celebrate the creativity and talent of others, and inspiring people to support local. The event was an enormous success - breaking attendance records with some 4000 people in attendace - thanks to the overwhelming support of the local community and the generous sponsorship provided by local businesses.
Nosh Narrabri remains a not-for-profit event, run by a committee of dedicated volunteers. All funds raised go towards future Nosh events, and supporting important local causes. In 2017, surplus funds raised were distributed to three local charities - Youth Shack, Shared Table and Friends of Rotary - to help support local youth, provide food to those in need, and establish a local community garden.
Nosh returned in 2019, for another extremely successful event - once again breaking attendance records with 4,500 attendees at the Food & Wine Expo, 500 at the Nosh on Night Concert, and 400 for the Nosh Long Lunch!