Toast the Coast
Food, Wine & Music
Photography by Lisa Haymes
The first Toast the Coast Festival last year was a resounding success. This year’s outing looks to be bigger and better, well and truly establishing this celebration of food, wine and music on the Coast’s event calendar.
The Central Coast is regaining its reputation as a ‘food bowl’, with an amazing array of growers, artisan producers and top quality cafes and restaurants. The popularity growers’ markets has provided a fantastic way to showcase regional produce, and Toast the Coast brings together the best of this.
Our wonderful local produce will be available on the day and many of our artisan producers such as Beeutiful Honey, Little Creek Cheese, Brasserie Bread and Eva’s Patisserie will have products to try and buy. Cafes and restaurants will be out in force with tasting plates and local food favourites like Café Camino and Fat Meringue will be touting their tasty goods.
Local and Hunter beverages will also be available, including popular local craft brewers Six String Brewing Co. and Block ‘n Tackle. Newcastle locals, and recent honorary Coasties, Foghorn Brewhouse will also be there, alongside a great range of Hunter wines and our own Fires Creek Fruit Wines.
Event ambassador for Toast the Coast, celebrity chef and Masterchef winner Julie Goodwin, will be conducting interactive cooking demonstrations from 11.30.
And it’s not just food … Throughout the day a great mix of live music will add to the festive vibe. There’s also an adult chill zone plus childrens’ activities and entertainment to keep the young ’uns happy.
And be sure to purchase a raffle ticket to be in the running to win a new Mini Ray courtesy of Worthington Mini Garage.
Toast the Coast is not only a great day out, it also benefits some of the Coast’s most vulnerable with event organisers, Gosford City Rotary Club, donating the proceeds of the day to Coast Shelter.
Coast Shelter is a Central Coast-based charity providing accommodation and support programs for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. Gosford City Rotary Club has had a long association with the broader not-for-profit sector, and the funds raised at Toast the Coast assist Coast Shelter in their efforts to reduce and prevent the incidence of domestic violence on the Central Coast.
The overwhelming majority of women and children seeking Coast Shelter’s services are victims of domestic violence. With demand increasing and funds harder to come by Coast Shelter struggles daily to meet the urgent needs of these families.
Last year Toast the Coast contributed over $20 000 to Coast Shelter, going towards early intervention strategies of awareness and education with the aim of preventing domestic violence on the Coast.
With the calibre of the businesses on board both last year and this year for Toast the Coast the organisers have hit on a winning combination that promotes the region and its producers while fostering social responsibility and highlighting a problem that none of us should be blind to.