20TH JUNE 2017

Nosh Cheesecake Competition Courier Article

Delicious competition promised

Nosh Narrabri is certainly getting lots of runs on the board before the August event, and now it has done it again.

Hot on the heels of the Australian Regional Home Brewing Championships and the announcement that legendary rockers Mental as Anything will be performing during the event, Nosh has taken things to another level for those with a sweet tooth.

It will host Australia’s Greatest Cheesecake Competition (also known as the Nosh Cheese Cake Competition), which co-ordinator Jocellin Jansson reckons might be just the second such competition in the world.

“The only other one we found was at the North Carolina [State] Fair,” she said.

“Through quite extensive research we haven’t been able to find another one throughout Australia.”

Ms Jansson and Brooke Dalton are the competition co-ordinators, with Penny Jobling the steward. And they are excited about the competition’s potential.

“We’ve already had strong interest and inquiries,” Ms Jansson said.

Only home made cheesecakes by amateur cooks may be entered in two categories (baked and unbaked), and upwards of 40 entries are expected. The winners of both categories will face off to determine the ultimate winner, and its maker will receive return flights for two to Brisbane, courtesy of Fly Corporate.

They will be put to the test by seven esteemed judges - local cake decorating expert Janice Smith, Maverick Cafe proprietor Rhys Gard, Fly Corporate sales manager Geoff Woodham (a former chef), Stan Waldren, Glen Toogood (who is making a special return from South Australia), Katrina White of Relish, and sponsor Carla Baxter of Carla Baxter Real Estate.

And to impress the panel, these cheesecakes will have to be pretty good.

The first round of judging will be based on visual appeal and the top five cheesecakes from both categories will go through to the final.

There they will be judged on taste, texture and visual appeal.

But it won’t only be the judges enjoying the finest cheesecakes Narrabri, and possibly Australia, has to offer.

“The whole community gets to be part of the inaugural competition,” Ms Jansson said.

“The winning cheesecake will be auctioned for charity and the other cheesecakes will be sliced and available for purchase by gold coin donation.”

All proceeds will go to Nosh’s chosen charities.

Registration is through the Nosh website, which also contains the rules and regulations for the competition.

Cheesecakes will have to be delivered to the Narrabri Visitor Information Centre between 10am and 4pm on Friday, August 25, the day before the event.

Entries, which are free, will be anonymous for judging, and more than one cheesecake can be entered.

“It’s unique, it’s fun and it’s going to be a real highlight,” Ms Jansson said.

“There’s nothing like it around and I think the funds raised from it will be a great addition to Nosh’s charitable contribution to the community.

“And who doesn’t like cheesecake?”

Mr Woodham agreed and said it was part of the “ongoing commitment of Fly Corporate to enhance accessibility to and from Narrabri is an important for Narrabri and the surrounding communities”.

“Supporting such a wonderful and event secures our commitment to Narrabri and towns within close proximity and beyond which benefit from this service,” he said.

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1st June 2017


Nosh Narrabri Will be back in August, Bigger and feature packed

Nosh Narrabri’s long-awaited return in August is expected to further cement the event as the leading regional food and wine showcase.

The Nosh was in recess last year but on Saturday, August 26, locals and visitors will be welcomed to an exciting and innovative program of traditional and new features.

The Nosh Narrabri committee has already announced that iconic Australianband Mental As Anything will perform on the evening of the event supported by talented local bands.

Three months out from the Nosh more food and produce exhibitors have already booked space than the total in 2015.

Now, Nosh Narrabri has announced that the Nosh will see the biggest ever home brew contest with the hosting of the Australian Regional Home Brew Championships.

A winner-take-all first prize of more than $3000 will be offered to the top beer and its brewer.

Home brewing is a popular hobby across Australia with many thousands of dedicated brewers.

“We anticipate this will grow into the biggest home brew competition outside Sydney,” predicted Nosh Narrabri committee president Darrell Tiemens.

“This will be a serious competition and we plan to continue to establish it to ultimately become a top regional home brew contest nationally .”


Nosh home brew titles to be the biggest


The local, regional and state-wide home brewing fraternity is huge and entries are expected fromfar and wide for the Australian Regional Home Brew Championships at the Nosh.

“Home brewers can be part ofthe competition by entering just one beer - Pale Ale, IPA, Porter or Pilsner,” said co-ordinator for the event, veteran home brewer Rohan Boehm.

“We have four eminent and experienced judges who will choose the champion brewer and the champion beer.

“We are looking for regional Australia’s top home brewer.”

Mr Boehm has been a passionate home brewer since the mid 1970s.

“There are many thousands of great home brewers out there and we anticipate they will be keen to be part of this major competition,” he said.

Mr Tiemens said the aim of the home brew competition was to further develop the contest as a major feature of Nosh Narrabri, but also to help cultivate local creativity and talent.

“Nosh Narrabri wants to encourage community development as an important part of its role.”

Mr Boehm will have a range of examples of his own home brewsavailable for tasting at Nosh Narrabri with brewing equipment on display and will be keen to talk to interested brewers and potential brewers. Meanwhile, Nosh Narrabri was developing as a bigger and better than ever event, according to the organisers.

“There is a fantastic range of foods and produce,” said Mr Tiemens.

“In addition to the Australian Regional Home Brew Championships we will soon be announcing another exciting competition which will really engage home cooks.”

Tickets for the Mental As Anything concert on the evening of Nosh Narrabri were selling fast.

“We plan to limit the number of tickets to maintain an intimate concert atmosphere,” said Mr Tiemens.

“This will be a great show.”



Media release 25th may 2017

Nosh Narrabri signs up Mental As Anything

Nosh Narrabri has announced today that they have signed up Mental as Anything to play at the “Nosh On” event on the night of Saturday 26th August 2017 between the Crossing Theatre and the Narrabri Creek.

With nearly 40 years of recording and non stop touring plus 25 top 40 hits in Australia, Mental As Anything are coming to Narrabri as a special event (not part of their regular touring schedule). Nosh On is expected to attract a big crowd. Two local Narrabri acts will open for Mental As Anything starting at around 6.30 pm.

President of Nosh Narrabri, Darrell Tiemens, announced the signing up of the band today: “We’re thrilled at having the band playing. They’re an Aussie icon in every sense of the word and are popular with a broad audience. We’re expecting the fans to come from near and far to see them. It will cap off a great day where local exhibitors show off the best of the region’s food and beverage offerings. We have deliberately made the ticket prices reasonable so that all people particularly families can enjoy this event.”

The food and alcohol will be onsale during the event. There will be fireworks before Mental As Anything perform. Patrons will be encouraged to rug up as it will be the very last Saturday of winter and could be chilly.

Tickets will go on sale at 12 noon Monday 29 May 2017 and will be limited to around 600 tickets. In addition 100 “Hundred Club” tickets will go on sale for people wanting to hang-out with the band and VIPs before the event and support the broader work of Nosh Narrabri. Tickets are expected to sell quickly and can be purchased by visiting our website (

For more information. Please visit our website ( or our Facebook page ( or contact the Narrabri Shire Visitor Information Centre on 6799 6762.

About us. Nosh Narrabri is a not-for-profit community-based organisation committed to promoting local, sustainable food/ beverage production in the northwest region of NSW. We are aim to make our events affordable and approachable to all people in the region. This year will be the 14th year that Nosh has operated in the region.

About the event. Nosh Narrabri consists of three main events: The Food and Wine Expo (12 noon to 5 pm on Saturday 26th August 2017), Nosh On (6.30 pm to 10 pm on Saturday 26th August 2017) and the Long Lunch - a five-course French provincial lunch for 300 people held 12 noon to 5 pm on Sunday 27th August 2017.



Darrell Tiemens (President) 0411 572 926

Kate Logan (Vice-President) 0406 604 155