Summerland House Farm Country Fair takes off
TALENT-show stars, top chefs, bush poets, wine and food tastings and plenty of local live music are just a sample of what is shaping up to be Summerland House Farm's biggest annual Country Fair so far.
It has grown from non-existent to one of the region's biggest one-day festivals in just five years, said marketing manager Lisa Murphy.
Sunday will see the 70ha commercial farm and tourism facility in Alstonville transformed into a showcase for its work and a meeting place for the community.
Five stages will provide entertainment and music for people of all ages. There is the Dora Explorer Dance party for kids, a chillout zone for the teenagers featuring X-Factor's Nathaniel, and for the adults Aunty Hu Hu and the Big Lazy will be playing on the big stage.
Local a cappella group The Headliners Chorus will also be there.
There is also plenty for the foodies with wine and deli plate tastings as well as demonstrations by Byron at Byron chef Gavin Hughes.
Costa Georgiadis will be on hand with garden tips and to plant a herb garden for the farm's restaurant and function centre.
The My Kitchen Rules finalists Paul and Blair also have a cook-off against Gavin Hughes and Max, a worker with disabilities who works in Gavin's kitchen.
There will also be more than 120 market stalls and the farm's nursery and marketplace will be open.
Summerland House Farm is a major initiative of the House with No Steps organisation, and provides employment for 90 people with disabilities from the local area, Ms Murphy said
"They will be getting involved as well, they are super proud of the day," Ms Murphy said.
"The day simply couldn't proceed without the generous support of the sponsors.
"It is a great opportunity for us to show the community what we do."
There is a $5 cover charge for adults, with all proceeds going to support the House with No Steps.
A free bus will run from Lismore and Ballina on Sunday morning and afternoon and a shuttle bus will run all day between Alstonville and Summerland House.