Take a local chef (or two) who’s passionate about real local food, allow them to craft a meal featuring some of the region’s award winning produce, and serve it in a sublime location, right next to where the food was grown, and you have the unique and exquisite food experience that is Meals in the Fields.
We are pleased to release tickets to our March 24th 2018 event, where the dynamic duo of Leigh McDivitt from Banksia Bistro and partner Amanda will create the nights culinary delights
Book tickets here
It all started with Breakfast in the Beds, our first on farm event in 2012 that allowed us to open Near River to our community and have them enjoy a meal on the farm right next to where the food had been grown – truly authentic paddock to plate dining. Following it’s success, Eric Robinson from The Other Chef took up the challenge, and Meals in the Fields was born, an annual celebration of local, ethically raised produce from our farm and other artisan producers from region. Each year has built on the previous, and with all events selling out, the call has been heeded and Meals in the Fields is now held more often.
Leigh and Amanda McDivitt have been long time friends of Near River with our paths crossing at their hatted restaurant 168 in Balmain. Leigh is now Executive Chef at Colin Fassnidge’s Banksia Bistro while Amanda is restaurant and bar manager at Acre in Camperdown. You can be certain that Leigh will put his winning Pork Star skills to good use on the night. Other produce will include poultry from Burrawong Gaian, buffalo cheese from Burraduc, pasture ranged eggs from Oxhill Organics with seasonal veg from the Fields you are sitting in.
For logistical reasons Meals in the Fields events have set menus. Similarly, for vegetarians and vegans, we would rather disappoint you now than on the day and note that we are unable to cater for you at these events. Please advise us of other dietary requirements before booking.
You’ll be seated in the front paddock, so flat shoes and a jacket would be suitable, along with sun glasses and a hat!
This is an all weather event. Should Mother Nature choose to be inclement we have a marquee on site which we will use to host the lunch.
Travel and Accommodation
Near River is 45 kms west from Port Macquarie with sealed roads to the farm gate. We suggest you allow 50 minutes for the journey.
We are happy to offer a return bus option from Port Macquarie with a handful of Pickup points along the Oxley Highway.
For those from out of the Hastings area, or locals who wish to make a weekend of the occasion, Port Macquarie offers a range of quality accommodation options, and there are a number of B and B’s located closer to our farm.
Rydges Hotel in Port Macquarie has this special offer for Meals in the Fields guests:
– $235 per night for a standard guest room, complementary cheese plate on arrival, full buffet breakfast for two, late checkout 1pm and free WIFI. You may wish to upgrade to a deluxe room for an additional $30 (normally $60). Please quote “Meals in the Fields” when booking with the hotel.