Bellingen Chamber of Commerce

Mid North Coast Food Forum

4 Oct

Please see information below about the up-coming Mid North Coast Food Forum. The event is on Monday 14th November.


There is an opportunity for local food businesses to be involved in the Food Showcase. Typically 3-4 businesses are chosen from the Bellingen Shire to be involved in the showcase. If you would like to nominate a business – please send their details to:



The annual Mid North Coast Food Forum will be hosted in Coffs Harbour at Bonville Golf Resort on Monday the 14th November 2016, from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Featuring the region and Australia’s most successful food entrepreneurs, this year’s Food Forum will offer something for anyone with an interest in food and agriculture. It will also provide an opportunity to network with inspiring entrepreneurs, some of our best local producers and hospitality guru’s within the Mid-North Coast food industry.

The Forum is aimed at:

Growers – Restaurateurs – Food Wholesalers – Food Retailers – Value-Adders – Business Start Ups


The Forum will include:


Keynote speaker – Tom Potter’s inspirational journey which led to his success with Eagle Boys Pizza.

Guest speakers from our region will cover a wide range of topics suitable for all associated with food production and sales. These include sustainability, marketing and business start-up initiatives.

Panel and Round Table Discussions – Experts will share valuable insight into key topics around franchising, cooperatives, agri-tourism, product development, and business planning & finance.

Local Produce Showcase – Sample produce from some of the region’s best producers and value-adders.

Harvest Table Lunch –The region’s best chefs will delight delegates with a 3 course meal featuring some of the area’s finest produce.


2016 Mid North Coast Food Forum

Bonville International Golf Resort – Classic Room

Monday 14th November 2016

8.30 am

Registration, Morning Coffee/Tea in the Gallery @ Bonville Golf Resort.


9.00 am

Welcome – Stephen Saunders, Section Leader Industry & Destination




9.05 am

Overview of forum – MC Kim Honan ABC Rural.



9.10 am

Mayoral Welcome – Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight.



9.15 am

Keynote Address Tom Potter – Original founder of Eagle Boys Pizza. The story of his success and the use of food market trends, branding and market opportunities.



10.05 am

Lyndall Dykes – The Cheese Making Workshop shares her journey from a home based business to a retail precinct operation.



10.15 am

Troy Blackman – Waterfall Farm – Sustainability, benefits of supporting local farmers and the power of internet marketing.



10.30 am

Morning Tea

10.50 am

Richard O’Leary – Macleay Regional Cooperative- Workings and structures of Cooperatives for the future.



11.05 am

Tom Lane – The Farm @ Byron Bay – Agri tourism and farm sharing.



11.20 am

Ian Swanborough- NAB Agribusiness – Agri financial planning for success.



11.30 am

12.00 pm

Round Tables Q & A sessions with your choice of two speakers.


  • Tom Potter – Eagle Boys.
  • Richard O’Leary – Macleay Regional Cooperative.
  • Ian Swanborough – NAB – Agribusiness.
  • Troy Blackman – Waterfall Farm.


Local Business Showcase, taste and try local products and chat to producers over a pre-lunch drink.

1.00 pm to 2.30 pm



THE HARVEST TABLE LUNCH – Bonville Golf Resort Head Chef has prepared an exclusive menu to showcase the best produce that the region has to offer.

Through lunch:

  • Kamaldeep Singh – CEO of Oz Group will present on the benefits of the Blueberry Cooperative for Coffs Harbour and NSW.
  • Jai Chadderton – Coastal Fine Foods will share his experiences of brand development and working with small goods producers to find new markets for products.


2.30 pm

Panel Discussion led by our MC: Consumer experience, Advantages of a Franchise, Benefits of a Cooperative, Agri tourism and farm sharing – With Tom Potter, Kamaldeep Singh and Tom Lane.



3.15 pm

Eric Robinson – The Other Chef – The simplicity of value adding and creating new products.



3.30 pm

Tony McGowan – TAFE – Changes in food production industry education and learning.



3.40 pm

Alan Johnstone – Biodynamics Australia – Successful ecological and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition.



3.55 pm

Beth McMillan- Burrawong Gaian Poultry in Kempsey – The importance of social media, marketing, networking and branding.



4.10 pm

Where are they now:


  • Tim Sproule- Bucket Brewery Kempsey
  • Alison Heagney- Magic Meatballs


4.30 pm

Close – Stephen Saunders.




Kind Regards,
Bruce Levy (Lily Pily Country House)
President, Bellingen Chamber of Commerce

0414 615 890