ABOUT EAT THE STREET
Eat the Street is a food, arts and music event celebrating the cosmopolitan and eclectic culture of Lismore. Now in its fifth year the event attracts ‘foodies’ and ‘culture’ buffs from far and wide and is fast becoming a highlight on the North Coast’s event calendar as an event not to be missed!
The event is held in the Lismore’s Central Business District (CBD) with the two main roads in the heart of the city closed to traffic and transformed into a sea of beautiful white marquees with over 50 fabulous food & wine and art & craft stalls. The beautiful wide streets lined with heritage buildings and giant fig trees become the setting for a fabulous celebration of food, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations & classes, music, children and art activities.
Inspired by a world of street food styles our local and regional cafes and restaurants showcase fresh regional cuisine proving fabulous tasting plates priced at $5 and $10. There are tempting treats from every corner of the globe, luscious libations from our region’s boutique beverage purveyors and stalls brimming with spectacular local product.
The event is held in Lismore, just one-hour south from the Gold Coast, twenty minutes from iconic Nimbin, and thirty minutes inland from popular Byron Bay. It’s home to around 45,000 people and is surrounded by beautiful, lush countryside, pockets of small villages and nestled between World Heritage Rainforest. It’s a city of contrasts and diversity and is known for its links to the agricultural and dairy industries as well as the Northern Rivers centre for business, education, culture, retail, sport and health. It has a strong connection to culture and the arts through partnerships with Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), the Lismore Regional Gallery and the Northern Rivers Conservatorium of Music.
Eat the Street was first established in 2015 by the Lismore Business Promotion Panel, a team of local business and community people who oversee the Lismore Business Promotion Program in partnership with Lismore City Council and managed by Council’s City Centre Manager Jason Mumford, who sadly passed in 2018. The event attracted 8,000 people and sold over 500 tasting plates per stall.
In 2016 18,000 people attended the event. The coordination of the event, outsourced in the previous year, was brought back into Council and managed by the Tourism and Events team. With both the City Centre Manager responsible for the marketing and promotion of the event and the coordination managed by the Tourism and Events team contributed to the successful winning of the 2016 Mainstreet Australia Awards.
In 2017 the event had continued success with 21,000 people attending and an average of 1,200 tasting plates sold per stall and retailers in and around the city centre saw an increase in business with many participating by promoting special event offers, extended trading hours and free footpath trading encouraged. Lismore City Council recognised the event has having regional significance after a report prepared by an independent data analyst ‘I.D. the population experts’ from the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research who calculated the event contributing $966,000 to the local Lismore economy based on their event impact calculator.
In 2018, despite the rain, over 18,600 people filled the streets of Lismore on Saturday 10 March 2018. There were thousands of plates of food, local and celebrity chefs demonstrated their mastery, while farmers talked about how the food was grown and prepared to an audience of on lookers. The streets were filled with laughter and joy as our community, friends and visitors listened, enjoyed, tasted and participated in live entertainment, performances, activities, competitions, tours and cooking classes from midday through until 8pm. And for the very first time this year there were a series of successful events held in the lead up to the major day with a farm tour, progressive dinner and cooking class with International celebrity chef Luca Ciano.
The event has created significant exposure for Lismore with more than 50 articles and features written from local and national media in print, television, radio and online raising the profile of Lismore as a vibrant, unique and colourful heart of the Northern Rivers offering visitors a wonderful array of dining, shopping and arts experiences.