Tim Black and Elle Smith from Vegetarian Delights from Suffolk Park.
Tim Black and Elle Smith from Vegetarian Delights from Suffolk Park. Blainey Woodham

Tim cooks up a musical feast

FOR TIM Black, having his food stall, Vegetarian Delights at Bluesfest is its own reward.

He and his staff have a bird's-eye view of the Mojo tent and though he doesn't expect to make a killing from selling food he enjoys the festival's atmosphere and getting to hear the music.

"My favourites so far have been Earth, Wind and Fire and Trombone Shorty," he said.

"We generally get a rush of people at the end of each band's set and then it settles down again until the main rush at dinner time."

This is Mr Black's fifth year at Bluesfest and he has seen the site get better organised each year.

"They have done a lot of work for the stallholders," he said.

"The site is pretty much flood-free now."

Mr Black's days start at 6am with food preparation at his home in Suffolk Park and finishes each night well after midnight.

"We make everything fresh on the premises," he said.

"I have been preparing for the past week, going through the logistics of getting the coolroom and stock from Brisbane."

Staffing the stall is a family affair this year, with his sister and all his nieces on hand to serve up hund- reds of spring rolls and samosas daily to the crowds of hungry blues lovers.

At the end of Bluesfest the work doesn't stop for Mr Black; it's straight back into his studies at Southern Cross University.

"I'm in my final year of study to be a primary school teacher and I have assignments due next week," he said.

But he will be back at Bluesfest again next year and is hoping to be serving up his tasty vegetarian food at Splendour in the Grass when it makes its return to Byron Bay later this year.