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ARTICLE - THE LAND
9 SEPTEMBER 2019

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Photos: More than 4500 people descend on Narrabri for 'Nosh'

SOME 4500 people attended Narrabri's biennial food and wine festival, Nosh Narrabri, this month, breaking attendance records and bringing much-needed cheer to Narrabri Creek's dusty banks.

Nosh showcased the best in food, beverages and produce from across the region, with 40 exhibitors showcasing their wares to the enormous crowds, while local musicians and Nosh's hotly contested competitions kept them entertained.

Nosh president Darrell Tiemens was overwhelmed with the result. "On behalf of the Nosh committee, enormous thanks to all who came to Nosh Narrabri. We had amazing crowds once again - we're so thrilled that people love Nosh as much as we do," he said.

"We really appreciate everyone who was part of Nosh - from all our sponsors and supporters, to the 40 wonderful exhibitors who joined us, to all the extra hands that helped us make the event happen, and of course, all the people who came to Nosh at the weekend for the food and wine festival, the 'Nosh on' night concert and the Nosh Long Lunch," said Tiemens.

The big winners on the day were barbecue cook-off champions, Samantha and Cody Huff, cheesecake connoisseurs Merry Conaty, Alex Tanfield and Charlie Baker, who won the unbaked, baked and junior categories of the cheesecake championships, and Rordan Woodhouse who scooped the pool in the regional homebrew championships, with his homebrews taking out both first and second places.

Exhibitors won prizes too, with awards for most innovative product, best merchandising and best customer service going to Paddock Provisions (Goondiwindi), Meat on Maitland (Bingara) and Namoi Nectar Honey (Narrabri) respectively. The overall award for best exhibitor was presented to Ilias the Greek, who travelled all the way from Victoria to be part of Nosh again in 2019.

On Saturday night 500 revelers joined local musicians Sarah Leete, Leyten Smith, Lauren Brown, the 3 Legged Pig Dogs and West and Public and partied until late at the 'Nosh on' Night.

On Sunday 400 people gathered in the Nosh marquee for the Nosh Long Lunch, a four-course Spanish fiesta from Relish Catering, Narrabri, in an atmosphere created by Nosh gold sponsor, North West Events, with entertainment by flamenco performers, the Arrebato Ensemble.

Nosh is a not for profit, volunteer-run event, and supported by the NSW government through its tourism and events agency, Destination NSW's Regional Flagship Events Program.

This year's sponsors included Whitehaven Coal, North West Events, Civeo, Roberts and Morrow, Stoltenberg Flooring Xtra, Santos, Turner Signs & Designs, WTC Earthmoving and Coates Hire.

Pictured: Winners of the barbecue cook-off competition, Sam and Cody Huff. This year local farmers competed for the title - cotton vs grains vs sheep vs cattle.


ARTICLE - THE COURIER
6 SEPTEMBER 2019

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Nosh delights thousands

“What a fantastic weekend”

Nosh Narrabri, the biennial food and wine expo, again presented one of the biggest social events on the Narrabri Shire community calendar.

The weekend Nosh set a record for attendance.

Visitors began to arrive early on Saturday and stayed on into the evening for the ‘Nosh On’ concert.

The grounds of The Crossing Theatre were packed with people, drawn to Narrabri for the Nosh, spending money at the expo and in town.

“Wow, what a fantastic weekend,” said Nosh committee president Darrell Tiemens.

“On behalf of the Nosh committee, enormous thanks to the Narrabri community for its continued support.”

“We’re all volunteers, and we’re part of Nosh simply because we love Narrabri – and food!

“We really appreciate everyone who was part of Nosh – from all our sponsors and supporters, to the 40 wonderful exhibitors who joined us, to all the extra hands that helped us make the event happen, and of course, all the people who came to Nosh over the weekend: for the Food and Wine Festival, the ‘Nosh on’ Night concert and the Nosh Long Lunch.”

The 40 exhibitors who set up a variety of stalls, from strawberries and tomatoes to gin and beer, were delighted with the response from customers.

Many exhibitors reported that they sold out.

At a time when similar events have fallen by the wayside in other centres in recent years, Nosh Narrabri continues to grow and develop, thanks to the commitment and voluntary work of community members.

Pictured: The highly coveted, Great Australian Cheesecake Competition was a main attraction at Nosh, on Saturday. Both children and adults entered a selection of delicious cheesecakes. Pictured, back, Martha Barton and Beth Faris, front, Taryn Kirk, Georgia Herden, Xanthe Kirk, Elsie Barton and Willa White.


NOSH - MEDIA RELEASE
5 September 2019

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Thousands of people converge on Narrabri to celebrate Nosh!

Some 4,500 people attended Narrabri’s biennial food and wine festival, Nosh Narrabri, over the weekend – breaking attendance records and bringing some much-needed cheer to the dusty banks of the Narrabri Creek. 

Nosh showcased the best in food, beverages and produce from across the region, with 40 exhibitors showcasing their wares to the enormous crowds, while local musicians and Nosh’s hotly contested competitions kept them entertained.

"Wow, what a weekend!” said Nosh president Darrell Tiemens. 

“On behalf of the Nosh committee, enormous thanks to all who came to Nosh Narrabri. We had amazing crowds once again - we're so thrilled that people love Nosh as much as we do!

“We really appreciate everyone who was part of Nosh - from all our sponsors and supporters, to the 40 wonderful exhibitors who joined us, to all the extra hands that helped us make the event happen, and of course, all the people who came to Nosh over the weekend: for the Food and Wine Festival, the 'Nosh on' Night concert and the Nosh Long Lunch,” Darrell said.

The big winners on the day were BBQ cook off champions, Samantha and Cody Huff; cheesecake connoisseurs Merry Conaty, Alex Tanfield and Charlie Baker, who won the unbaked, baked and junior categories of the cheesecake championships; and Rordan Woodhouse who scooped the pool in the regional homebrew championships, with his homebrews taking out both first and second places.

The exhibitors didn’t miss out on the competition action, with awards for most innovative product, best merchandising and best customer service going to Paddock Provisions (Goondiwindi), Meat on Maitland (Bingara) and Namoi Nectar Honey (Narrabri) respectively. The overall award for best exhibitor was presented to Ilias the Greek, who travelled all the way from Victoria to be part of Nosh again in 2019.   

Following the daytime festival, 500 revelers joined local musicians Sarah Leete, Leyten Smith, Lauren Brown, the 3 Legged Pig Dogs and West and Public on Saturday night and partied until late at the ‘Nosh on’ Night – but the fun didn’t stop there! On Sunday, 400 people gathered in the Nosh marquee for the Nosh Long Lunch: a four-course Spanish fiesta from Relish Catering Narrabri, in an atmosphere created by Nosh gold sponsor, North West Events, with entertainment by flamenco performers, the Arrebato Ensemble.

Nosh is a not for profit, volunteer-run event, and was proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and events agency, Destination NSW’s Regional Flagship Events Program. In 2019, Nosh was also proudly supported by platinum sponsors Whitehaven Coal, gold sponsors North West Events, silver sponsors Civeo, Roberts and Morrow, Stoltenberg Flooring Xtra, Santos, Turner Signs & Designs, WTC Earthmoving and Coates Hire, and key partners Narrabri Shire Council and the Narrabri Region Visitors Information Centre.

Nosh will return to Narrabri in 2021.

Pictured: Winners of the Great Australian Cheesecake Competition at Nosh 2019 (LtoR): Warren and Hugh Conaty (representing unbaked cheesecake champion Merry Conaty); Charlie Baker (junior champion); David Pierce (Nosh cheesecake comp assistant); and Alex Tanfield (baked cheesecake champion).


ARTICLE - THE LAND & THE NORTHERN DAILY LEADER
29 AUGUST 2019

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Best of Narrabri's food and entertainment on show at Nosh

Narrabri's food and wine festival, Nosh Narrabri, is on this weekend.

Showcasing the best in food, beverages and produce from across the region, Nosh is on Saturday and Sunday, with three big events and three hotly-contested competitions taking place over the two days.

The main Nosh event, the Food and Wine Expo, is on from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday, in the parklands behind Narrabri's Crossing Theatre.

Exhibitors will showcase food and beverages from across the region, and the creators who grow or make them.

"From locally-produced fish and yabbies and marinated sun-dried tomatoes, to gourmet handmade cookies and Australia's only agave spirit - Nosh Narrabri has it all," said Nosh vice president Ruth Redfern.

"Sample a superfood latte, snack on a delicious almond croissant, and select your favourite jams, chutneys, marmalades, sauces, oils, relishes and pickles to take home.

"Entry to the expo is free and open to all, and Narrabri. Bring your friends and family and make a great weekend of it," she said.

The expo will also feature three major competitions: the Australian Regional Homebew Championships; the Great Australian Cheesecake Competition; and the Nosh BBQ Cook Off; plus a huge range of free kids activities - a fun fitness program, face painting, balloon creations, a photobooth, and a cooking demonstration specifically for kids.

Following the expo, the "Nosh On" night will kick off at 6:30pm, featuring a range of Narrabri musicians and fireworks.

"The market square will be converted to a family-friendly concert space - bring your picnic blanket and join us for a night of great live entertainment, hot food and cold beverages," said Ms Redfern.

"This year we're showcasing the amazing talent that Narrabri has to offer. Tickets are still available - grab yours now and join us for a fun night under the stars."

"And, for those who want to make a weekend of it, we have partnered with three local hotels and motels: our official Nosh accommodation providers. To buy tickets, or book a room, simply head to our website: www.noshnarrabri.com.au."

  • Nosh is a not for profit, volunteer-run event, and is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and events agency, Destination NSW's Regional Flagship Events Program. Narrabri is also proudly supported by platinum sponsors Whitehaven Coal, gold sponsors North West Events, silver sponsors Civeo, Roberts and Morrow, Stoltenberg Flooring Xtra, Santos, Turner Signs & Designs and WTC Earthmoving, and key partners Narrabri Shire Council and the Narrabri Region Visitors Information Centre.


ARTICLE - THE COURIER
29 AUGUST 2019

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Nosh a big economic boost for Narrabri and the shire

Thousands of visitors will throng the grounds of The Crossing Theatre on Saturday to sample and buy from 40 food and drink exhibitors and stay for the evening’s live music entertainment.

Nosh Narrabri is a powerful promotion of Narrabri and the shire to the wider region and well beyond.

Thousands of visitors will throng the grounds of The Crossing Theatre on Saturday to sample and buy from 40 food and drink exhibitors, and stay for the evening’s live music entertainment, Nosh On.

The economic spin off for the town and district is considerable, organisers said, with flow on patronage of shops, fuel stations and accommodation bringing much needed money into the district.

Pictured: Nosh Narrabri committee members preparing to welcome visitors on Saturday, shire council general manager Stewart Todd, committee members Brooke Southwell, Kate Logan, Ngaire Roughley, Georgie Stoltenberg, Amy Withington, president Darrell Tiemens, Ruth Redfern, Mick Chappell, Shire Tourism Manager Penny Jobling, Lindy McMicking and Leah Lash.


ARTICLE - THE COURIER
27 AUGUST 2019

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Nosh Narrabri preparing for a record attendance

With a huge variety of regular, and many first time exhibitors, thousands of people are expected to visit the North West’s fantastic food and wine festival, the biennial Nosh Narrabri.

Narrabri will be the exciting epicentre of great regional food, wine – and home brew – on Saturday.

With a huge variety of regular, and many first time exhibitors, thousands of people are expected to visit the North West’s fantastic food and wine festival, the biennial Nosh Narrabri.

And the Nosh has taken Narrabri’s name far and wide.

“We are advertising on television from the Gold Coast to Dubbo,” said Nosh committee president Darrell Tiemens.

“Everyone will have heard of Narrabri and the Nosh. It is a very positive image for our town and shire.”

Mr Tiemens said Nosh Narrabri was an ‘all of community event’ which was supported not only by its volunteer committee but also a ‘small army’ of helpers, contributors and sponsors.

“At a time when other similar festivals are struggling, we have great support from the Narrabri Shire Council, the NSW Government, large corporate and small business sponsors, community groups, clubs and individuals,” he said.

Now the scene is set, marquees are being erected and organisers are confident that a new attendance record could be set on Saturday.

Pictured: Nosh committee president Darrell Tiemens, Narrabri Shire Tourism manager Penny Jobling, Coates Hire team members Ross Campbell, Daniel Poore and Billy Dean. Right front, Nosh committee vice president Ruth Redfern and treasurer Amy Withington.


NOSH - MEDIA RELEASE
26 August 2019

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Countdown is on to Nosh Narrabri: join us this weekend!

Narrabri’s food and wine festival, Nosh Narrabri, is taking place this coming weekend, and residents and travelers from across the New England and North West are warmly invited to attend. 

Showcasing the best in food, beverages and produce from across the region, Nosh is being held next Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September, with three big events and three hotly-contested competitions taking place over the two days. 

The main Nosh event, the Food and Wine Expo, is being held from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday 31 August, at the parklands behind Narrabri’s Crossing Theatre. 40 exhibitors will showcase food and beverages from across the region, and the creators who grow or make them.

“From locally-produced fish and yabbies and marinated sun-dried tomatoes, to gourmet handmade cookies and Australia’s only agave spirit – Nosh Narrabri has it all,” says Nosh Vice President Ruth Redfern.

“Sample a superfood latte, snack on a delicious almond croissant, and select your favourite jams, chutneys, marmalades, sauces, oils, relishes and pickles to take home. Entry to the expo is free and open to all, and Narrabri is just down the road. Bring your friends and family and make a great weekend of it!”

The Expo will also feature three major competitions: the Australian Regional Homebew Championships; the Great Australian Cheesecake Competition; and the Nosh BBQ Cook Off; plus a huge range of free kids activities – a fun fitness program, face painting, balloon creations, a photobooth, and a cooking demonstration specifically for kids.

Following the Expo, the ‘Nosh On’ Night will kick off at 6:30pm, featuring a range of Narrabri musicians and fireworks.

“The market square will be converted to a family-friendly concert space: bring your picnic blanket and join us for a night of great live entertainment, hot food and cold beverages. This year we’re showcasing the amazing talent that Narrabri has to offer. Tickets are still available – grab yours now and join us for a fun night under the stars!  

“And, for those who want to make a weekend of it, we have partnered with three local hotels and motels: our official Nosh accommodation providers. To buy tickets, or book a room, simply head to our website: www.noshnarrabri.com.au. We can’t wait to see you at Nosh!”

Nosh is a not for profit, volunteer-run event, and is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and events agency, Destination NSW’s Regional Flagship Events Program. Narrabri is also proudly supported by platinum sponsors Whitehaven Coal, gold sponsors North West Events, silver sponsors Civeo, Roberts and Morrow, Stoltenberg Flooring Xtra, Santos, Turner Signs & Designs and WTC Earthmoving, and key partners Narrabri Shire Council and the Narrabri Region Visitors Information Centre.


ARTICLE - THE COURIER
20 AUGUST 2019

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New to Nosh Narrabri this year - delicious, hand made honey mead 

Visitors to Nosh Narrabri on Saturday August 31 will be able to sample and buy a delicious drink - honey mead. 

Mead is an ancient drink, but is nowadays made by Glenice and Pierre Armand at their 2 Wild Souls meadery near Torrington. 

“Honey mead is extremely versatile pairing with many cuisines,” said Glenice. “Our mead is made with our very own spring water filtered through the granite, it is naturally pure water. 

“The honey is from local bush land only. 

“Each bottle of our hand made, sparkling mead contains the distinct aroma of a specific blossom on that particular tree, no two batches will be completely alike,” said Glenice. 

“The Méthode Champenoise Ancestrale enables the preservation of the most subtle of floral character in the mead and the final fermentation on lees without disgorging the bottles, although leaving a small amount of sediment which allows for a continuation of the maturing process in the cellar. 

“Each bottle is a labour of love, crafted by hand. We do not carbonate, it is a natural process and takes up to two years to finish. Every bottle of our hand made, sparkling mead contains the distinct aroma of a specific blossom on that particular tree, no two batches will be completely alike. 

“Coming from a traditional South Eastern French background with a focus on subsistence farming self reliance in food and drink production of quality and abundance, Pierre began making mead as a hobby to utilise the honey from local bee farmers in the area. 

“From our little nook of the woods Tortington, which sits 1100 metres on the mole granite Northern Table Lands between Glen Innes and Tenterfield, we offer our sparkling honey mead to Nosh visitors.” 

Pictured: Pierre and Glenice will be coming to Nosh Narrabri.

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ARTICLE - THE COURIER
14 AUGUST 2019

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ASp – Australian ‘first’ for the Nosh this year

Launch of unique new drink at Nosh

ASp – an Australian ‘first’ – will be launched at Nosh Narrabri this year.

Stephen Beale and Rosemary Smith have been quietly pioneering the northwest NSW – and Australian – production of agave spirit, a unique alcoholic drink distilled from agave plants growing on their Kaputar Road property.

Agave spirit is in the Mexican tradition of tequila and mezcal, the couple explained.

They have formed Black Snake Distillery and the drink will be labelled ASp, an acronym for ‘Agave Spirit’ – coincidentally a play on the distillery name.

The agave plants are smoked for up to eight days in a brick oven, then processed by hand and distilled in small lots.

The ASp journey began when Phillipa Beale visited Mexico and suggested to her father Stephen it could be made in Narrabri where agave plants are common.

Much research, many approvals, licences and certifications later and ASp is ready for its launch.

“We will be introducing ASp at Nosh Narrabri – people will be able to sample and buy,” Stephen and Rosemary said.

Pictured: Black Snake ASp’s unique smoky flavour will be a hit, distillers Stephen Beale and Rosemary Smith believe.


ARTICLE - THE COURIER
5 AUGUST 2019

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Our talented local musicians, vocalists for Nosh concert

In the spirit of support for local per­formers, the Nosh Narrabri 'Nosh on Night' concert this year will be a celebration of Narrabri's local talent, fea­turing a host of Narrabri-based musi­cians and vocalists.

Local bands West and Public and the Tiuee Legged Pig Dogs will head­line the concert, supported by local performers Sarah Leete, I.ayten Smith and Lauren Brown.

"Nosh Narrabri is all about support­ing local talent in the form of produce and providorcs, so this year our 'Nosh on' night concert is all about support­ing local acts," said Nosh president, Darrell Tiemens.

"In 2017, some or these local acts were support for the headliners, and the response from the crowd to our local talent was incredible.

"We realised then just how much talent we have locally, and how sup­portive the local community is of our local artists.

"So, in 2019, we see Nosh as the per­fect platform to showcase this talent to Nosh attendees from right across the New England and North West region.

"Come along for a fantastic night of live music, hot food and cold beer and wine, and show your support," Darrell said.

"The concert is completely family friendly, with people of all ages en­couraged to attend.

"This year, in response to feedback in 2017, we've introduced a children's admission rate, which we hope will encourage as many people as possi­ble to attend.

"Nosh is a not for profit event, so importantly, the funds raised through ticket sales help us cover the costs of the concert staging, lights and sound, the fireworks, plus some outdoor heating, as obviously the concert is taking place on the last night of winter!

"Given that, we encourage all at­tendees to rug up!

"Bring a picnic rug, warm blankets, your gloves and beanies, and enjoy a delicious dinner under the stars while listening to great live music.

"What a great way to farewell winter and welcome spring!"

Tickets are now on sale for the con­cert, which is held after the Nosh food and wine festival on the evening of Saturday, August 31.

The concert will take place from 6.30pm until late at the Nosh Narrabri site on the banks of the Narrabri Creek, behind the Crossing Theatre, with fireworks at 7:30pm.

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NOSH - MEDIA RELEASE
1 August 2019

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Celebrating local talent at the ‘Nosh on’ night: tickets now on sale! 

Tickets are now on sale to Nosh Narrabri’s ‘Nosh on’ Night concert, taking place after the Nosh food and wine festival on the evening of Saturday 31 August.  

In the spirit of supporting local, the concert will be a celebration of Narrabri’s amazing local talent, featuring a host of Narrabri-based musicians. Local bands West & Public and the 3 Legged Pig Dogs will headline, supported by local performers Sarah Leete, Layten Smith and Lauren Brown.

The concert will take place from 6:30pm until late at the Nosh Narrabri site (on the banks of the Namoi Creek, behind the Crossing Theatre), with fireworks at 7:30pm. Tickets are available to purchase at the Nosh website and are $20 for adults and $10 for children aged 12 and under.   

“Nosh Narrabri is all about supporting local talent in the form of produce and providores, so this year our ‘Nosh on’ night concert is all about supporting local acts,” said Nosh president, Darrell Tiemens.

“In 2017, some of these local acts were support for the headliners, and the response from the crowd to our local talent was incredible. We realised then just how much talent we have locally, and how supportive the local community is of our local artists. So, in 2019, we see Nosh as the perfect platform to showcase this talent to Nosh attendees from right across the New England and North West region.

“Come along for a fantastic night of live music, hot food and cold beer and wine, and show your support,” Darrell said.

The concert is completely family friendly, with people of all ages encouraged to attend.

“This year, in response to feedback in 2017, we’ve introduced a children’s rate to attend the concert, which we hope will encourage as many people as possible to attend. Nosh is a not for profit event, so importantly, the funds raised through ticket sales help us cover the costs of the concert staging, lights and sound, the fireworks, plus some outdoor heating, as obviously the concert is taking place on the last night of winter!

“Given that, we encourage all attendees to rug up! Bring a picnic rug, warm blankets, your gloves and beanies, and enjoy a delicious dinner under the stars while listening to great live music.

 “What a great way to farewell winter and welcome spring!”

Nosh is a not for profit, volunteer-run event, and is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and events agency, Destination NSW’s Regional Flagship Events Program. Narrabri is also proudly supported by platinum sponsors Whitehaven Coal, gold sponsors North West Events, silver sponsors Civeo, Roberts and Morrow, Stoltenberg Flooring Xtra, Santos, Turner Signs & Designs and WTC Earthmoving, and key partners Narrabri Shire Council and the Narrabri Region Visitors Information Centre.


ARTICLE - THE COURIER
25 JULY 2019

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Cheesecake cooks, start your ovens!

Prep the cream cheese. The great Australian Cheesecake Competition is returning.

Following a hotly contested contest in 2017, Nosh Narrabri’s Great Australian Cheesecake Competition is returning in 2019 to celebrate the greatest cheesecake makers in our region.

The competition is open to all amateur cooks, with three categories - open-section baked cheesecake, open-section unbaked cheesecake, and junior cheesecake.

Judging will take place during Nosh Narrabri on Saturday, August 31. The winners of the open-section baked and unbaked cheesecake categories will each receive two return flight tickets from Narrabri to Brisbane or Sydney.

The winner of the junior cheesecake category, for cooks aged 18 and under will receive a ten-pin bowling pack-age at The Crossroads Hotel.

Six judges, consisting of local chefs Katrina White, Ricky Mason and Rhys Gard, Sydney chef Edwina Reid, renowned local Sydney Royal Easter Show cake judge, Janice Smith and Geoff Woodham will decide the winners.

“With only a month to go until Nosh, now’s the time to enter the competition and start practising your favourite recipes,” said competition organiser, Jocellin Jansson.

“In 2017, we had so much interest in the cheesecake competition we had to ask our local supermarkets to stock up on cream cheese.

“We’re hoping to have to do the same again this year.”

This will be the second Great Australian Cheesecake Competition.

At Nosh 2017, 38 cheesecakes were sampled by the team of judges, with Karina Munting announced the over-all winner, and Wanda Dunnet and Ronnie Bower runners up.

The winning cheesecake was auctioned off for $180, with all other cheesecakes sliced and sold.

More than $1000 was raised, with the funds donated by Nosh to a local charity. In 2019, all three winning cakes will be auctioned off for charity, with slices from the remaining cheesecakes sold for a gold coin donation at Nosh.

For those interested in submitting a cheesecake to this year’s competition, visit www.noshnarrabri.com.au/cheesecakecompetition and complete the entry form.

You will be emailed a competition number in order to submit your cheesecake completely anonymously, and supplied with a cake box from the Narrabri Region Visitor Information Centre in which to deliver your cheesecake.

Pictured: Karina Munting, with Chloe and Stephanie Munting, was the winner of the Great Australian Cheesecake Championships at Nosh Narrabri 2017. Wanda Dunnet was second and Ronnie Bower third.

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NOSH - MEDIA RELEASE
24 JULY 2019

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Prep the cream cheese: the great Aust cheesecake competition returns!

Following a hotly contested competition in 2017, Nosh Narrabri’s Great Australian Cheesecake Competition is returning in 2019 to celebrate the greatest cheesecake makers in our region.

Open to all amateur cooks, the competition has three cheesecake categories: open-section baked cheesecake, open-section unbaked cheesecake, and junior cheesecake.

Judging will take place during Nosh Narrabri on Saturday 31 August. The winners of the open-section baked and unbaked cheesecake categories will each receive two return flight tickets from Narrabri to Brisbane or Sydney, valued at $1020, thanks to Nosh Narrabri’s official airline partner and sponsor of the cheesecake competition, Fly Corporate. The winner of the junior cheesecake category – open to cooks aged 18 and under – will receive a ten-pin bowling package, valued at $400, courtesy of one of Nosh’s official accommodation partners, the Crossroads Hotel.

The winners of each category will be determined by a panel of six judges, consisting of local chefs Katrina White (Relish Catering), Ricky Mason (The Crossing Theatre) and Rhys Gard (Tatts Bistro); Sydney chef Edwina Reid (No 1 Bent St Sydney); renowned local Sydney Royal Easter Show cake judge, Janice Smith; and Fly Corporates sales manager, Geoff Woodham. 

“With only a month to go until Nosh, now’s the time to enter the competition and start practising your favourite recipes,” says competition organiser, Jocellin Jansson. “In 2017, we had so much interest in the cheesecake competition that we had to ask our local supermarkets to stock up on cream cheese; we’re hoping to have to do the same again this year!”

2019 marks the second Great Australian Cheesecake Competition. During the inaugural competition at Nosh 2017, 38 cheesecakes were sampled by the team of judges, with Karina Munting announced the overall winner, and Wanda Dunnet and Ronnie Bower the runners up. The winning cheesecake was auctioned off for $180, with all other cheesecakes sliced and sold. Over $1000 was raised, with the funds being donated by Nosh to a local charity. In 2019, all three winning cakes will be auctioned off for charity, with slices from the remaining cheesecakes sold for a gold coin donation at Nosh.

For those interested in submitting a cheesecake to this year’s competition, simply visit www.noshnarrabri.com.au/cheesecakecompetition and complete the entry form. You will be emailed a competition number in order to submit your cheesecake completely anonymously, and supplied with a cake box from the Narrabri Region Visitor Information Centre in which to deliver your cheesecake.

Cheesecakes are to be delivered (in the cake box supplied) to the Crossing Theatre Band Room the day before Nosh: Friday 30 August 2019 between 2pm-4:30pm.

Nosh is a not for profit, volunteer-run event, and is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and events agency, Destination NSW’s Regional Flagship Events Program. Narrabri is also proudly supported by platinum sponsors Whitehaven Coal, gold sponsors North West Events, silver sponsors Civeo, Roberts and Morrow, Stoltenberg Flooring Xtra, Santos, Turner Signs & Designs and WTC Earthmoving, and key partners Narrabri Shire Council and the Narrabri Region Visitors Information Centre.


ARTICLE - THE COURIER
18 JULY 2019

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Top home brewers to contest $2,400 in prizes

Nosh Narrabri to again host home brew championships.

Nosh Narrabri 2019 is drawing near and the Nosh’s feature packed program again includes the popular Australian Regional Homebrew Championship.

The Championship will discover and celebrate Australia’s best regional homebrewers, with the winners taking home a share in prizes valued at over $2400.

This year marks the second time the Homebrew Championship has been run in conjunction with Nosh Narrabri. The inaugural competition attracted 50 beers entries, with Anthony Samules from Newcastle judged the 2017 Australian Regional Homebrew Champion. Who will be crowned champion brewer in 2019?

“Beer brewing is both an art and a science, and we’re celebrating both during this year’s Australian Regional Homebrew Championships” said Michael Chappell, Nosh committee member and the organizer of the 2019 competition.

“With a share in over $2400 worth of prizes on offer, it’s time to start perfecting your homebrew in preparation for this year’s Nosh Narrabri.

“Entry to the competition is free, and you can enter as many different homebrews as you can create,” Michael said.

“For those interested in submitting a brew, or a few, to this year’s competition, simply fill in the form here.

“There are three categories in which you can enter – pale ale/pacific ale; pilsner/lager; or stout/porter/dark. Once you’ve completed the form, you will be emailed a competition number in order to submit your beer completely anonymously – a critical element of the competition.

“Entries must be delivered to the Narrabri Region Visitor Information Centre between 9am to 5pm, Monday 15 July to Friday 23 August.”

Judging will take place during Nosh Narrabri on Saturday 31 August, with the overall winner – the 2019 Australian Regional Homebrew Champion – announced that afternoon.

Sponsors have provided the prizes, with $1000 in goods and home brew products and $500 in cash going to the overall Homebrew Champion. There are plenty of other prizes also on offer, including $500 in cash for the runner up, a $225 home brew kit plus two cartons of beer to the winner of ‘Best Kit Beer’ and $140 in home brew products to the winner of the ‘Best All Grain Beer (non-kit)’. Each of the three category winners – pale ale/pacific ale; pilsner/lager; and stout/porter/dark – will each also take home a carton of beer.

Nosh Narrabri will be held on Saturday, August 31. Nosh is a not for profit, volunteer-run event, and is supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and events agency, Destination NSW’s Regional Flagship Events Program.

Pictured: Nosh Narrabri committee members Bec Shaw and Michael Chappell are key organisers of the 2019 Australian Regional Homebrew Championships, to be held at Nosh on August 31.

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NOSH - MEDIA RELEASE
26 JUNE 2019

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Cheers to that! $2400 prize on offer for Nosh Homebrew Championship

Nosh Narrabri’s Australian Regional Homebrew Championship returns in 2019 to discover and celebrate Australia’s preeminent regional homebrewers, with the winners taking home a share in prizes valued at over $2400.  

2019 marks the second time the Homebrew Championship has been run in conjunction with Nosh Narrabri. During the inaugural competition, 50 beers were entered, with Anthony Samules from Newcastle being announced as the 2017 Australian Regional Homebrew Champion. Who will be crowned in 2019?

“Beer brewing is both an art and a science, and we’re celebrating both during this year’s Australian Regional Homebrew Championships” said Michael Chappell, Nosh committee member, owner of Narrabri’s Tattersalls Hotel, and the organizer of the 2019 competition.

“With a share in over $2400 worth of prizes on offer, it’s time to start perfecting your homebrew in preparation for this year’s Nosh Narrabri. Entry to the competition is free, and you can enter as many different homebrews as you can create,” Michael said.

For those interested in submitting a brew (or a few!) to this year’s competition, simply fill in the form here.

There are three categories in which you can enter – pale ale/pacific ale; pilsner/lager; or stout/porter/dark. Once you’ve completed the form, you will be emailed a competition number in order to submit your beer completely anonymously – a critical element of the competition. Entries must be delivered to the Narrabri Region Visitor Information Centre between 9am to 5pm, Monday 15 July to Friday 23 August.

Judging will take place during Nosh Narrabri on Saturday 31 August, with the overall winner – the 2019 Australian Regional Homebrew Champion – announced that afternoon.

The competition is sponsored by True Brew Tamworth, Tattersalls Hotel Narrabri, Coopers and New England Brewing. The sponsors have each contributed to the prizes, with $1000 in goods and products from True Brew Tamworth and $500 in cash from Tattersalls Hotel Narrabri going to the overall Homebrew Champion.

There are plenty of other prizes also on offer: $500 in cash from Tattersalls Hotel Narrabri will be awarded to the runner up; a $225 home brew kit plus two cartons of beer from Coopers to the winner of ‘Best Kit Beer’; and $140 in products from New England Brewing to the winner of ‘Best All Grain Beer (non-kit)’. Each of the three category winners – pale ale/pacific ale; pilsner/lager; and stout/porter/dark – will each also take home a carton of beer courtesy of Coopers.

Nosh Narrabri is taking place on Saturday 31 August. Nosh is a not for profit, volunteer-run event, and is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and events agency, Destination NSW’s Regional Flagship Events Program. Narrabri is also proudly supported by platinum sponsors Whitehaven Coal, gold sponsors North West Events, silver sponsors Roberts and Morrow, Stoltenberg Flooring Xtra, Santos, Turner Signs & Designs and WTC Earthmoving, and key partners Narrabri Shire Council and the Narrabri Region Visitors Information Centre.


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JUNE 2019

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Nosh Narrabri: celebrating our regional produce and providores

Narrabri’s biennial food and wine festival, Nosh Narrabri, is returning in 2019 and locals and travellers alike are invited to attend.

Showcasing the best in food, beverages and produce from across the New England and North West regions, Nosh is being held on Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September with three stellar events over the two days.

 The main Nosh event, the Food and Wine Expo, will be held from midday on Saturday 31 August 2019 at the parklands behind the Crossing Theatre, on the banks of the Narrabri Creek.  

More than 40 exhibitors in the Nosh Market Square will once again showcase food and beverages from across the region, and the creators who grow or make them.

“Nosh Narrabri showcases products by regional growers, food creators and beverage makers: promoting sustainable food production, gathering the community together to celebrate the creativity and talent of others, and inspiring people to support local and regional,” says president Darrell Tiemens.

 “At recent Nosh events, the produce on offer has ranged from locally-produced fish and yabbies and organic fresh vegetables, to gourmet handmade cookies and pale ales. Attendees have sampled pickled cherries, snacked on a selection of macadamia and pecan nuts, and selected their favourite olive oils to take home. 2019 will again deliver a diverse and exciting range of exhibitors – come and meet them!”

In addition to the amazing food and beverages, the Expo also features three big competitions over the course of the day: the Australian Regional Homebrew Championships; the 2019 Nosh BBQ Cook Off; and the Great Australian Cheesecake Competition.

“Excitingly, attendees at Nosh will be able to sample the cheesecakes on offer, with the winning cheesecakes auctioned off to help raise funds for our chosen charities, and all others sliced up for sale for a gold coin donation,” says Darrell.

Following the fun of the Expo, the ‘Nosh On’ Night will kick off in the evening, featuring local and regional entertainment, yet more food and beverages, and a family favourite: fireworks!

 The following day, the iconic Nosh Long Lunch will once again take place with tickets going on sale in early June and expected to sell out quickly. Continuing Nosh’s theme of celebrating international cuisines at the lunch, the 2019 Long Lunch will be a four-course Spanish fiesta from Narrabri’s culinary superstar, Katrina White of Relish Catering, under a marquee supplied and styled by gold sponsor, Joe Hayne of North West Events.  

“We are enormously lucky to have such amazing talent in Narrabri and the wider New England North West region – suppliers, exhibitors, competitors and entertainers alike. Nosh Narrabri gives us an opportunity to celebrate and support them all,” says Darrell. 

“It also gives us the opportunity to showcase our great town – come for the food and wine at Nosh, and stay for our wonderful local hospitality and local attractions!” 

Nosh Narrabri is a not for profit, volunteer-run event, and is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and events agency, Destination NSW’s Regional Flagship Events Program. In 2019, Nosh Narrabri is also proudly supported by platinum sponsors Whitehaven Coal, gold sponsors North West Events, silver sponsors WTC Earthmoving, Santos and Roberts and Morrow, and key partners Narrabri Shire Council and the Narrabri Region Visitors Information Centre – plus many more, including bronze sponsors, competition supporters, and in-kind partners. 

Nosh is a family-friendly and easy-access event, suitable for all ages and abilities. For information on all of Nosh’s events and competitions, plus details on how to get to Narrabri and where to stay while you’re here, visit the Nosh website.

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NOSH - MEDIA RELEASE
1 JUNE 2019

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Exhibit with us! Showcasing local produce & providores at Nosh

Narrabri’s food and wine festival, Nosh Narrabri, is calling for exhibitors from across the North West to showcase their food, beverages and produce at the 2019 event.

Nosh is being held on Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September, with three big events over the two days, including the main Nosh event - the Food and Wine Expo.  

Exhibitors are being invited to again showcase food and beverages from across the region, and the creators who grow or make them, at the Expo.

“Nosh showcases products by local growers, food creators and beverage makers: promoting sustainable food production, gathering the community together to celebrate the creativity and talent of others, and inspiring people to support local,” says president Darrell Tiemens.

“We’re currently seeking expressions of interest from producers and providores from across the New England & North West who wish to showcase their food or beverages at this year’s Nosh.  

“Some 4,000 people attended Nosh in 2017, and this year’s event promises to be even bigger and better – providing a fantastic opportunity for local producers and providores to promote their wares to visitors from right across the region, and the state,” Darrell said. 

“We had a fantastic variety of amazing food and beverages on display in 2017 – from locally-produced fish and yabbies to organic fresh vegetables, gourmet handmade cookies to pale ales – and we hope to offer even more variety and interest to visitors in 2019. 

“Our region is home to an enormous range of produce and that’s what we’re showcasing at Nosh.”

Early bird expressions of interest for Nosh exhibitors close on Friday 7 June. For information, visit www.noshnarrabri.com.au/exhibitors

Nosh Narrabri is a not for profit, volunteer-run event, and is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and events agency, Destination NSW’s Regional Flagship Events Program. Nosh Narrabri is also proudly supported by platinum sponsors Whitehaven Coal, gold sponsors North West Events, silver sponsors Roberts and Morrow, Stoltenberg Flooring Xtra, Santos and WTC Earthmoving, and key partners Narrabri Shire Council and the Narrabri Region Visitors Information Centre.

Pictured: One of the 40 exhibitors from across the Central West, New England and North West at Nosh Narrabri in 2017: the Roth Family Orchards of Mudgee and Narrabri, NSW. 


ARTICLE - THE COURIER
28 MAy 2019

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Fine food, fun, flamenco at Nosh Long Lunch

Nosh Narrabri's iconic Nosh Long Lunch is returning in 2019, with a Mediterranean flair - a four-course Spanish fiesta, and flamenco music and dance.

The Long Lunch is a traditional highlight of the biennial Nosh Narrabri, the food and wine showcase event which is regarded as the premier country food festival.

Nosh Narrabri draws thousands of people to the Namoi riverside venue, the grounds of the Crossing Theatre, each year.

The Nosh attracts people from the region and interstate and provides a significant boost to the local economy.

Nosh Narrabri will be held on Saturday, August 31 and following the big day, the Long Lunch is held under a big marquee on The Crossing Theatre lawns.

The Long Lunch is a highlight of the Nosh event. Intending lunchers are strongly advised lo book early - the lunch is traditionally quickly sold out.

Diners will sit down to The Long Lunch on Sunday, September I - the day after the Nosh Food and Wine Expo and the Nosh On Night concert.

Nosh Vice president Kate Kahl said the Long Lunch was always very popular and tickets were expected to sell out quickly.

"In 2017, the Nosh Long Lunch sold out in just two weeks - so this year, to cater to the extra demand, we've increased the size of the marquee and the number of tickets we're selling to this stellar event," said Kate.

"The Long Lunch is always so popular as it's such a fantastic event - a long, luxurious lunch, with fine food and wine, and gorgeous weather - the type of event that is best shared with great friends.

"In 2019, the Nosh Long Lunch will be a Spanish fiesta;· said Kate. "Guests at the Long Lunch will be entertained by the Arrebato Ensemble, who explore the passion of flamenco via music and dance."

Nosh Narrabri is a not for profit, volunteer-run event, supported by the NSW Government as part of its Regional Flagship Events Program managed by Destination NSW, supported by Narrabri Shire Council and local businesses.

Meanwhile, Nosh Narrabri, is calling for exhibitors to showcase their food, beverages and produce at the 2019 event.

Exhibitors are being invited to again present food and beverages from across the region, and the creators who grow or make them, at the Expo.

"Nosh showcases products by local growers, food creators and beverage makers, promoting sustainable food production, bringing the community together to celebrate the creativity and talent of others, and inspiring people to support the local community," said president Darrell Tiemens.

"We're currently seeking expressions of interest from producers and providores from Narrabri and across the New England and North West who want to showcase their food or beverages at this year's Nosh.

"About 4000 people attended Nosh in 2017, and this year's event promises to be even bigger and better - providing a fantastic opportunity for local producers and providores to promote their wares to visitors from right across the region, and the state,” Darrell said.

"We had a fantastic variety of amazing food and beverages on display in 2017 - from locally-produced fish and yabbies to organic fresh vegetables, gourmet handmade cookies to pale ales - and we hope to offer even more variety and interest to visitors in 2019.

“Our region is home to an enormous range of produce and that's what we're showcasing at Nosh."

Pictured: Nosh Narrabri co vice presidents Ruth Redfern and Kate Kahl, supporting Nosh partners Joe Hayne, North West Events, and Katrina White, Relish Catering, with Nosh Narrabri president Darrell Tiemens.

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ARTICLE - THE COURIER
28 MAy 2019

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Award for voluntary service to community

Rotary (and Nosh!) president named winner of volunteer award.

Narrabri’s Darrell Tiemens has been named as the winner of the 2019 Narrabri Shire National Volunteer Week award in recognition of his continual voluntary contribution to the community.

Mr Tiemens was nominated for extensive involvement in community based not for profit organisations, organisation of community events and participation in community groups.

As president of Rotary, Mr Tiemens instigated the Neighbours in Need program, supporting farming families and small businesses impacted by the drought.

He said he was pleased to receive the award but emphasised it didn’t just represent his individual efforts.

“I’m very excited but I think this award basically goes to all of the volunteers in the organisations that I represent like the Rotary, Nosh Narrabri where we’ve got 18 volunteers who tirelessly give up a lot of their time, Friends of the Crossing Theatre and a number of other organisations throughout Narrabri, said Mr Tiemens.

Pictured: Darrell Tiemens is presented with his Volunteer Week award by mayor Cathy Redding.


NOSH - MEDIA RELEASE
27 MAY 2019

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Hola amigos! Nosh’s iconic long lunch becomes a Spanish fiesta

Nosh Narrabri’s iconic Nosh Long Lunch is returning in 2019, with a decidedly Mediterranean flare: a four-course Spanish fiesta, and flamenco music and dance!

The Long Lunch will take place on Sunday 1 September – the day after the Nosh Food and Wine Expo and the Nosh On Night concert – with tickets for the lunch going on sale at midday, Sunday 2 June, via the Nosh Narrabri website.

Nosh Vice President Kate Kahl said the Long Lunch is always exceedingly popular among Narrabri locals, and tickets are expected to sell out quickly. 

“In 2017, the Nosh Long Lunch sold out in just two weeks – so this year, to cater to the extra demand, we’ve increased the size of the marquee and the number of tickets that we’re selling to this stellar event,” said Kate.

“The Long Lunch is always so popular, as it’s such a fantastic event: a long, luxurious lunch, with fine food and wine, and gorgeous weather – the type of event that is best shared with great friends!

“And speaking of great friends, the Long Lunch is a partnership between Nosh and two wonderful local businesses: Relish Catering and North West Events.”

In 2019, the Nosh Long Lunch will be a Spanish fiesta: a four-course culinary experience from Katrina White and her team at Relish, in an atmosphere created by Joe Hayne of North West Events. Guests at the Long Lunch will be entertained by the Arrebato Ensemble, who explore the passion of flamenco via music and dance.  

Tickets for the Long Lunch are $120 and will go on sale at midday, Sunday 2 June, via the Nosh Narrabri website: www.noshnarrabri.com.au. Groups of more than 10 are invited to contact the Nosh Narrabri team in advance to secure a group booking.

Nosh Narrabri is a not for profit, volunteer-run event, and is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and events agency, Destination NSW’s Regional Flagship Events Program. Narrabri is also proudly supported by platinum sponsors Whitehaven Coal, gold sponsors North West Events, silver sponsors Roberts and Morrow, Stoltenberg Flooring Xtra, Santos and WTC Earthmoving, and key partners Narrabri Shire Council and the Narrabri Region Visitors Information Centre. The Arrebato Ensemble is presented in association with Musica Viva Australia.

Pictured: The Arrebato Ensemble, who will be exploring the passion of flamenco via music and dance at the Nosh 2019 Long Lunch.


ARTICLE - THE COURIER
21 MARCH 2019

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Hurray for more dosh for the Nosh

Nosh Narrabri has received a welcome windfall for this year’s much-anticipated food and wine festival.

This week, retiring member for Barwon Kevin Humphries presented Nosh committee members with a $20,000 cheque from the NSW Regional Flagship Events Fund.

The fund will provide an annual grant of $20,000 of a triennial grant of $27,000 for marketing initiatives aimed at driving overnight visitation.

“Hosting events helps shine a bright light on Narrabri Shire, while putting more heads on beds, diners in our restaurants and shoppers in our boutiques,” Mr Humphries said.

“Nosh Narrabri is an iconic festival in the North West and continues to showcase great food and wine. It’s important that as government we partner with community to grow these events,” Mr Humphries said.

Nosh Narrabri also received $16,500 in funding from Whitehaven Coal who have come on board as a major platinum sponsor for the event.

Committee members were thrilled to accept the financial boost that will go a long way to helping to make 2019 the best Nosh event yet.

“Nosh Narrabri showcases products by local growers, food creators and beverage makers: promoting sustainable food production, gathering the community together to celebrate the creativity and talent of others, and inspiring people to support local,” said Nosh President Darrell Tiemens.

The event is being held on Saturday August 31 and Sunday September 1.

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NOSH - MEDIA RELEASE
19 MARCH 2019

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Nosh returns, with flagship funding!

Narrabri’s food and wine festival, Nosh Narrabri, is returning in 2019 and locals and travelers to NSW’s North-West are invited to attend.

Showcasing the best in food, beverages and produce from across the region, Nosh is being held on Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September, with three big events over the two days.

 The main Nosh event, the Food and Wine Expo, will be held from midday on Saturday 31 August at the parklands behind the Crossing Theatre, on the banks of Narrabri Creek. Exhibitors will once again showcase food and beverages from across the region, and the creators who grow or make them.

 “Nosh Narrabri showcases products by local growers, food creators and beverage makers: promoting sustainable food production, gathering the community together to celebrate the creativity and talent of others, and inspiring people to support local,” says president Darrell Tiemens.

 “Nosh is a not-for-profit event, run by a committee of dedicated volunteers – all of whom have a passion for Narrabri, regionally-produced products, and food and wine. Entry to the Nosh Expo will once again be free and open to all, so be sure to save the date, and most importantly, let your family and friends know!” 

Following the Expo, the ‘Nosh On’ Night will kick off in the evening, featuring entertainment and fireworks. The following day, the iconic Nosh Long Lunch will once again take place, with tickets to go on sale in the coming months. 

Nosh Narrabri is proudly supported by the NSW Government, as part of its Regional Flagship Events Program. The Program is managed by the State’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, and provides grants to events in regional NSW to support marketing activities aimed at driving overnight visitation and boosting local economies.  

“This is a major coup for Nosh and secures it as a pinnacle event on the regional tourism events calendar,” said Kevin Humphries, Member for Barwon, in Narrabri today where he announced the grant.

“Events like Nosh play a cricital role for tourism in regional NSW. Nosh is a great community event, and its particularly important for the Narrabri community during times of drought. It provides an opportunity to us to get together to celebrate the local community, while showcasing our region and our products to visitors and providing a much-needed boost to local businesses and the economy.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors to Narrabri for another very successful event,” Mr Humphries said.

Pictured: Nosh committee members Michael Chappell and Brooke Southwell, Nosh Vice President Kate Logan, Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries, Nosh Vice President Ruth Redfern, and Narrabri Tourism Manager and Nosh committee member Penny Jobling.


ARTICLE - THE COURIER
28 february 2019

Nosh Narrabri is on again

Nosh will be back this year, bigger and even better.

Nosh Narrabri has gone from success to success since its inception in 2003.

The 2019 Nosh is in the advanced planning stages now, set down for Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1.

“It is easily the biggest event of its kind in the region” said Nosh president Darrell Tiemens.

“The last Nosh budget was $125,000. This year it will be just under $150,000.

“We will be focusing this year on primary production and the drought.”

The Nosh will comprise the ‘main day’ and the following Long Lunch day.

“During the Nosh day it will be a celebration of all things food and wine and the following day, Sunday, we will stage the famous Long Lunch” said Mr Tiemens.

“This is always sold out.

“Last Nosh we had 300 diners – this year we will have 350 seats available” he said.

“We have thousands of people attending, hundreds from outside Narrabri, to visit the Nosh.”

Pictured: Members of the Nosh Narrabri committee, were at The Crossing Theatre venue yesterday measuring the sites for marquees and stalls. From left, Joe Hayne of North West Marquees and Events, Nosh vice president Ruth Redfern, Penny Jobling, president Darrell Tiemens, Lindy McMicking, vice president Kate Logan, Georgie Stoltenberg, Amelia Hall, Hayden Baird of Narrabri Shire Council and Michael Chappell.


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11 december 2018

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Community garden to grow

David Pierce is turning a great idea into a brilliant project.

Nosh Narrabri is a financial supporter of David Pierce’s community garden project and on Friday, Nosh Narrabri committee members Amy Withington and Ruth Redfern presented David with a donation towards the cost of establishing the garden. Nosh Narrabri distributes any surplus funds to community groups after each Nosh event.

David Pierce is turning a great idea into a brilliant project.

He had the ‘lightbulb moment’ of creating a community garden four years ago when he was enjoying the quiet while in his own garden on a Sunday morning.

He then researched what he could do to initiate a community garden in Narrabri.

David said he felt the need for local people to have a place to be themselves and learn more about plants and the local culture.

He hopes for people to feel comfortable and happy to meditate, learn, and soak up the sun, all while feeling safe.

“I am so grateful for all the generous donations towards this plan from community organisations including Nosh Narrabri, Abbeyfield, Filipino residents, Dementia Australia and others,” David said.

“There will be a total of eight gardens and each business which made a donation will have its own garden to maintain for up to 12 months.

“Each garden bed will have a plaque to acknowledge the generous people involved.”

The area for the garden is the ‘reservoir block’ adjacent to his house on the corner of Doyle and Balonne Streets.

David believes this will be the perfect spot for the garden as it is close to town, the library, schools and disability housing.

Pictured: Nosh Narrabri is a financial supporter of David Pierce’s community garden project and on Friday, Nosh Narrabri committee members Amy Withington and Ruth Redfern presented David with a donation towards the cost of establishing the garden. Nosh Narrabri distributes any surplus funds to community groups after each Nosh event.


ARTICLE - THE COURIER
6 FEBRUARY 2018

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Nosh Narrabri gives back to the community

Committee makes donation.

The 2017 Nosh Narrabri was the most successful yet, a major community event which drew thousands of people.

The Nosh was made possible by generous financial and in kind support from local businesses and individuals plus money raised by the Nosh raffle and events like the Great Australian Home Brew Competition and the Australian Cheesecake Competition.

“This was the most expensive Nosh ever to stage - our expenses were over $125,000,” said Nosh Narrabri committee president Darrell Tiemens.

“However, our policy has always been to distribute any excess funds back into the community.”

The Nosh committee will make donations to three local charitable organisations.

The first beneficiary is the Narrabri Youth Shack which provides support, mentoring and a place to hang out for young people.

Youth Shack committee member Anna Dugdale was presented with a cheque for $1244 by Nosh president Darrell Tiemens and vice president Kate Logan.


ARTICLE - THE COURIER
29 august 2017

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Nosh Narrabri draws a record crowd

Thousands flock to town as Nosh Narrabri brings visitors from the region and interstate.

The weekend’s hugely successful Nosh Narrabri has again confirmed it as the premier North Western food and wine event and further consolidated Narrabri’s status as a dynamic regional community.

The Nosh drew a record attendance.

Thousands of people including many visitors from the wider region, southern NSW, the coast and Queensland joined shire residents to enjoy the event.

The Nosh this year introduced a new format, new layout and new features. 

The gates opened at noon on Saturday and the afternoon’s activities moved smoothly into an evening of music featuring talented local performers and popular Australian band Mental As Anything.

Nosh features included the inaugural Australian Regional Homebrew Championships which drew 55 entries from eastern Australia and the first, tightly contested, Great Australian Cheesecake Competition.

Pictured: The Nosh Cook Off was contested by five talented teams but the eventual winners were teachers Ellen John, Narrabri Public School, and Georgie Stoltenberg, St Francis Xavier’s. Above, MC Shanna Whan, judges Wanda Dunnet and David Pierce, Nosh vice president Kate Logan and president Darrell Tiemens, winners Ellen John and Georgie Stoltenberg and judge Annie Alexander.


ARTICLE - THE COURIER
25 august 2017

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Nosh Narrabri time

Nosh on Saturday - family day of food and music on the riverside parkland.

The Nosh is back.

The region’s premier food and wine showcase, Nosh Narrabri on Saturday will feature a record forty stalls serving and selling a delicious variety of foods and wine.

The gates open at 12 noon with free admission to the Nosh.

There will be a full bar service during the day and evening with a great music program starting at 6.30 as well as entertainment throughout the afternoon. Entry to the evening concert is $45. Concert goers are invited to bring a chair or blanket, sit back and enjoy the show.

The Nosh Cook Off at 1pm will pit top teams against each other. At 2.15 share the excitement, and sample the brews, of the inaugural Australian Regional Home Brew Championships. There are 50 entries from leading home brewers from across eastern Australia.

At 3.15 judges will announce the winner of the Great Australian Cheesecake Competition.

Talented young Layten Smith will open the evening music program with popular local groups Three Legged Pigdogs and Hand of Hearts performing ahead of iconic Australian band Mental As Anything.

Concert tickets can be bought on the day.

Planning, organising, gaining authorisations and putting in long hours will culminate in a successful Nosh Narrabri on Saturday. Above, committee workers back, from left, Georgie Stoltenberg, Ruth Redfern, Helen Carroll, vice president Kate Logan, secretary Lindy McMicking and treasurer Amy Withington, front president Darrell Tiemens and Chris Jollow.


ARTICLE - THE COURIER
20 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.


article - the courier
1 June 2017

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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 from far and wide for the Australian Regional Home Brew Championships at the Nosh.

“Home brewers can be part of the 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 brews available 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.”


NOSH MEDIA RELEASE
25 MAY 2017

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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 (noshnarrabri.com.au).

For more information. Please visit our website (noshnarrabri.com.au) or our Facebook page (facebook.com/noshnarrabri) 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.