Monday November 26

Coffs Harbour Showground
8am to 3pm (coffee from 7.30am)

Calling the mid-north coast food industry to the table

FoodCon is designed for our region’s foodies to create collaboration, make connections, share ideas, showcase local food, and be inspired.

If you’re a farmer, fisherman, grower, manufacturer, distributor, chef, retailer, restaurateur, student, business or organisation that supports food businesses… this is the event for you!

YOUR FREE ENTRY INCLUDES: Kick-start coffee/tea, a full day of expert talks and networking sessions, morning tea/coffee and snacks, producer expo and tastings, delicious harvest lunch with local beverages.  


  • A great balance of informative, inspiring talks and time to connect with all parts of the industry
  • Special guest speakers: Chef turned farmer, Paul West from SBS’s River Cottage Australia; regional food and tourism strategist Rose Wright; and Airlie Trescowthick, founder of web platform, Farm Table
  • Activities focusing on creating collaboration including the Harvest Hook-Up ‘speed dating’, and thought storming ideas for working together effectively
  • The Producers’ Expo and Local Food Lunch showcasing the best of our region
  • FREE ENTRY for those involved in any part of the agri-food industry. Please note: this is a ‘trade only’ event.


Showcase your produce, products, food and business success story in the Expo.

Special Guests

Be inspired and informed by a fantastic line up of guest speakers at FoodCon 2018 including:

Paul West

Broadcaster, chef, author and advocate for real food, sustainable agriculture and community and regional living

Airlie Trescowthick

A young farmer and innovator committed to making a difference to Australian agriculture

Rose Wright

A thought leader in Australian agri and culinary tourism and regional food systems





Digital story telling – why the story behind the product is so important.


Meet passionate producers and farmers. Share ideas and experiences.


Produce, products, services – show the region’s best to chefs and food retailers.


Learn how you can create collaborations to grow your business.


Taste the flavours of our region with a variety of food stations in a relaxed lunch.


Share a gem of knowledge with the next generation of farmers, chefs and foodies.


Showcase your produce, products, food and business success story in the Expo.

Why Attend?

By networking and forming partnerships with expert local growers and producers, I am looking to be better informed and inspired about our menu planning and ingredient selection.

Paul & Victoria Harper

Owners & Managers, Cedar Bar & Restaurant

Producers, this is an opportunity you simply can’t afford to miss. Present your best produce directly to local chefs, meet other local producers, and witness the special variety of our region.

Andrew Mitchell

GM, Coffs Harbour Fishermen's Coop

FoodCon will be a unique opportunity to get the key players in one room over one day to make positive connections and inspire the future direction for our region’s food journey.

Darren Smith

Owner and Farmer, New Life Farm

This event is a great way to develop awareness of new producers and manufacturers in the marketplace in our local area and to discover challenges and solutions from our peers.

Sandi Cleary

Farmer and Producer, Blushing Blueberries