If you’ve got a question about the Food Fair at Black Swan Park, then this page will most likely have the answer you’re looking for. Scroll down, have a read and if you’re still left with questions at the bottom of the page, please email us at foodandwineevents@fairfaxmedia.com.au. And be sure you’re following our Facebook Event Page for all regular updates.


When is this event taking place?

August 9-11, 2019


Where is the event taking place?

Cotton Tree Park is located along The Esplanade at Cotton Tree. The main entrance to the Food Fair can be found in the middle of the park where the car park is. 


What are the opening hours for this event?

Friday, 9 August | 4.00pm – 10.00pm

Saturday, 10 August | 12.30pm – 10.00pm

Sunday, 11 August  | 12.30pm – 9.00pm


Do I need a ticket to attend?

Yes, everyone will need a ticket to access the food fair. Register before the event for FREE ENTRY, alternatively there will be a $5 entry fee on the day for adults (children under 16 get free entry) with 50% of proceeds going to our charity partner, Rural Aid.


Where can I buy food at the Food Fair?

All of our delicious stallholders and their menus can be found here.


Are there vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available at the event?

There sure are! Check out our stall holder menus here. Dietaries are noted under each menu item. If you’re still unsure, you can ask any of our friendly stallholders at the Markets if they have vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free options available.


Can I pay with cash at the event?

The Food Fair is cashless (all major cards accepted) to make things nice and easy and to ensure queues move quickly. If you don’t have a card or forget to bring it you can exchange cash for a Good Food gift card at our Information Booth.


Is this a family friendly event?

The Food Fair is open to all ages with a range of offerings for everyone. Minors must however be accompanied by a parent to any of the bars. Alternatively, minors can purchase soft drinks unaccompanied from the Coconut Shack.


Is this a dog friendly event?

The Food Fair is dog-friendly. We do ask, however, that if you bring your four-legged friends along to the event, you ensure they are kept on a leash. Please also be mindful that there are large crowds at the event, which pets may find stressful. Please ensure you look after your pooch and if crowds aren’t their thing, maybe leave them at home with a doggy treat.


Can I walk or ride to the event?

If you feel like taking in the sights around you, the Food Fair can be reached on foot or by bike. Bike racks are available at various locations around Cotton Tree Park.


Are there public buses to the event?

Standard buses will be in operation during The Curated Plate Food Fair. Plan your journey now – https://translink.com.au/


Where can I park?

Car parking is available within the on-street car parks available in the streets surrounding Cotton Tree Park, including those on The Esplanade, Cotton Tree Parade, Alexandra Parade, Memorial Avenue, Beach Parade and Fourth Avenue. Time restrictions are in place, so make sure you park legally and walk the rest of the way to the event site. Do not park on the grass surrounding the event.


Is there accessible parking?

None provided by us. 


Are there road closures? 

There are no road closures. However the Coastal footpath will be closed to public access as indicated on the map below, during the following times once the Food Fair is open. 

Friday, 9 August – 3.00PM – 11.00PM

Saturday, 10 August – 11:30AM – 11:00PM

Sunday 11, August – 11.30AM – 11:00PM

Alternate pedestrian access is via The Esplanade as indicated on the map below.

Is there a taxi pick-up / drop-off zone?

No dedicated areas – but 2nd and 3rd Ave are the best streets for pick-ups and drop-offs. 


How do I register for a Masterclass?

The full schedule of masterclasses, session details and booking links can be found here.


Is there a wait list for Masterclasses that are sold out?

Unfortunately there is no online wait list however we recommend you visiting the stage at the Food Fair in case there are any last minute drop outs on the day.


Do I need to register for the Demonstrations & Talks?

No, the demonstrations are FREE to attend. Seating however is limited so it’s best to arrive 10-15 minutes early to secure your seat. A full schedule of demonstrations and talks can be found here.


Can I BYO?
Unfortunately no, this is a fully-licensed event. 


Can I smoke?

The Food Fair is a smoke-free zone, which includes vaping. You will need to leave the Food Fair in order to smoke. 


I’d like to have a stall at the Food Fair. Who do I contact about this?

We’d love to hear from you! Email us your contact details and an overview of your stall offering to foodandwineevents@fairfaxmedia.com.au.


Do your bit to help the environment!

  • Bring your own shopping bag with you to collect all the goodies on offer from our Producers. 
  • Bring your keep cups as there is a range of coffee available as well as Chai and of course beer, wine, cider and a range of non-alcoholic drinks.  
  • All our cups used at the bars are compostable just make sure you put it in the correct bin onsite once finished!
  • We have a dedicated team of cleaners and waste sorters onsite working tirelessly to make sure all the waste is going to the correct places to dispose, so be a tidy Aussie and put your waste in the bins provided. 


Will I be inside and is there heating?

The Food Fair is an outdoor event in the beautiful surrounds of Cotton Tree Park. It will get cool at night so we will have some outdoor heaters on each side of the park, however remember to bring a jacket for when it gets cooler and a blanket to rug up.



There are seating areas throughout the Food Fair however we recommend bringing a picnic blanket in case all seating is full.


Will the Food Fair go ahead if it rains?

The Food Fair will go ahead rain, hail or shine unless weather conditions become dangerous. Be sure to follow our Facebook Event Page for regular updates.