Fundraising dinner announced for Boomerang Festival

BYRON Shire establishments Harvest Cafe and The Three Blue Ducks have come together to raise funds for Boomerang Festival, in a unique dining experience.

On Friday March 18 at Coorabell Hall, in the magnificent Byron hinterland, together, The Ducks & Harvest teams will present Ja Nghari (Bundjalung for food gathering), a celebration of food, country and culture, with a special focus on Indigenous culture.

This will be a night of quality and style, as well as an eye-opening and uplifting program of shared stories from our local Indigenous community.

Ja Nghari will include canapes on arrival, and a three course menu inspired by local native ingredients personally foraged by the chefs themselves (lead by Australia's only Indigenous hatted chef and Bundjalung man, Clayton Donovan).

Guests will be treated to a unique culinary journey and a culturally rich program featuring a multi-media introduction to the menu by head chefs Darren Robertson and Bret Cameron, and an In Conversation session with Boomerang Festival director Rhoda Roberts, Tweed Shire Council Aboriginal, Community and Natural Resources manager, Rob Appo, Darren Robertson & Bret Cameron, followed by a feature musical performance from East Journey (Arnhem Land).

The evening will be hosted by leading food and lifestyle journalist Magdalena Roze.

Guests will be welcomed to Country by 2016 Byron Shire Citizen of the Year Delta Kay while local performer Dhinawan will treat guests on arrival to a didgeridoo performance.

Boomering Festival is a Northern NSW-based indigenous arts & culture festival that provides cross-cultural exchange through artistic celebration and one-on-one interactions.

Rhoda Roberts commented on the connection of food to Aboriginal culture.

"My father said 'first the food comes and then exposure of that culture and then we really break bread, and only then can we have the meaningful conversation that provides depth, friendship and laughter'," she said.

The Event MC, Magdalena Roze said "I'm so thrilled that Boomerang is back this year".

"This hugely important festival is such a positive celebration and showcase of indigenous art and culture, and we're honoured to be a part of it".

Rhoda expressed her gratitude and awe for the coming together of two local businesses to support local indigenous events.

"This is an example of the new generation, mobilising the entire community for positive change," she said.

"We are so grateful for this partnership, and the generosity and enthusiasm of The Three Blue Ducks and Harvest."

Ja Nghari is the first in what the organisers hope to be an annual event.

The dinner will be held on March 18 at 6.30pm.

The cost is $180 per head which includes canapes on arrival, the three course dinner, all beverages and live entertainment.

Book quickly as reservations are limited to 80 people.