Get your kids outside on farms this weekend: ten favourite family-friendly Harvest Food Trail farm visits

The weather forecast for the Northern Rivers NSW region is looking good this weekend (fingers and toes crossed). Make the most of it and get the kids outside on farms this weekend!

The Northern Rivers Food Harvest Food Trail offers something for everyone. There are many amazing foodie events at participating restaurants, breweries and distilleries (see list of participating venues below) – but hurry, tickets are booking fast and some are already sold out.

The Trail also offers a diverse range of farm-based, family-friendly, high value offerings that are educational, inspirational and fun. At its heart, the Trail aims to introduce people to real food grown on real farms. We see and feel the magic when people visit the farms and meet the people who’ve made the food. It’s special.

Most of the farms involved in the Harvest Food Trail are not normally open to the public, but for one weekend only, they very generously swing open their farm gate doors and invite you to share their passion, hear their story and taste their farm fresh offerings.

Here are ten fabulous family-friendly Harvest Food Trail offerings for the weekend:

Zentveld’s Coffee Farm and Roastery, Newrybar. Sure kids don’t drink coffee, but we think the parents may need a coffee to kick start the weekend… Zentveld’s are opening their farm this Saturday from 8am – 3pm. No bookings required. Meet the Zentveld family – the people behind the brand that grow and roast the coffee. See and hear how coffee is grown regeneratively with a focus on building good soil health, bees and wildlife. Enjoy a guided walk through the orchard and roastery tour. Relax on the verandah with a freshly brewed, organic coffee…You’re ready now! Let the Trail begin!

Brookfarm Macadamia Orchard, McLeod’s Shoot. Another hard working regenerative farm that does not normally open to the public except for special events like the Harvest Trail. They are offering a great value deal with special Saturday farm tours and morning team for just $15 per person. Hear and see how macadamias are grown regeneratively on a real working farm. Meet Martin and Will Brook, the father and son behind the famous Brookfarm brand and hear their story of the family farm. A very educational and inspirational tour. Bookings required. BOOK

Cheeses Loves You and NORCO Dairy Farm, Burringbar. This is a real working dairy farm, not normally open to the public and is opening the gates for this weekend only, to help showcase dairy products – where milk comes from and how cheese is made. Ideal for families, they are open for Saturday tours 7.30am, 10am, 1pm and 3.30pm. The first and last tours of the day will have a milking demonstration which will be a delight for everyone. Bookings required and nearly sold out; a $5 / head donation, which goes to a local charity. Meet the farmers and taste the cheese! BOOK

Table Under a Tree, Rosebank. Seriously, how can anyone resist the cuteness of baby goats? Table Under a Tree is a small goat farm in the hinterland and is opening the farm gates just for this weekend only. They are offering Sat and Sunday free farm tours 9.30am, 11.30am, and 1.30pm. No bookings required. Ideal for children – there will be lots of “kids” to play with. For the budding chefs out there, they will have a pop up store selling goat meat.

The Farm, Byron Bay. The Farm have put together a very special educational and delicious Saturday “behind the scenes” tour from 1pm – 4pm for. $40 pp. Ideal for families. Bookings required. Learn about their regenerative farming practices, permaculture, fermentation, and the whole paddock to plate journey. Enjoy drinks and a tasting plate courtesy of The Three Blue Ducks with an insightful conversation with the Chef on the farm to table journey and food ethos. BOOK

Explore Byron Bay & Playing with Fire Saturday 10am Bangalow and Sunday 10am Mullumbimby. Tours $65 adult and $19 for children. These are super interesting and educational walking tours with local Bundjalung leader Delta Kay who will highlight a variety of local edible bush tucker plants along the way and share local indigenous history. Tastings will be available. Playing with Fire native foods will have a pop up store at both events. Don’t miss this – only a few tickets left. BOOK

Australia’s Manuka (honey), Tyagarah. The passionate apiarists at Australia’s Manuka are opening the doors to the general public this Saturday 10am – 2pm. Drop in and hear about how Australia’s Manuka gather nectar and produce some of the world’s best honey – pure bioactive Jellybush honey. Free tastings and farm store will be open.

Ducks Creek Macadamias, Brooklet. Did someone say chocolate? Drop into Ducks Creek Macadamia farm this Saturday between 9am – 3pm and try some of the most delicious macadamias on offer, with a super yummy range of chocolate macadamia products fresh from the farm. Enjoy free tastings. No bookings required.

Wild Yeast Brewing Co, Lennox Head. All this visiting farm business is thirsty work…time to drop into this Lennox for a quick pit stop to try some of Rob’s famous tasty wild yeast fermented non-alcoholic spiced ginger beer. Rob will have a small pop up market-like store for people to drop in and have a taste.

Tropical Fruit World, Duranbah. A farmers market on a farm! Enjoy a morning out at our farmers market with live music and good vibes. Bring the family for a fruit tasting experience at 9:30am, then browse the farmers market with your complimentary market bag to hold all your fresh produce from a variety of different stalls. Stay around for a farm tour with a discount for local visitors. Cost – $25 ( includes fruit tasting show & market bag). Bookings essential. BOOK

The weekend is a very Northern Rivers NSW experience and a chance to indulge and appreciate everything our wonderful region has to offer. Start planning your itinerary now!

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