Welcome to Winter
Meals in the Fields 2016
Meals in the Fields - dessert 'From the Tree' guava, lemon myrtle, finger lime and riberry with strawberry gum mousse
Meals in the Fields 2016
Meals in the Fields - entree - 'Birds of Burrawong' duck rillette with quinoa, pumpkin and tomato with micro herb salad + near river bacon
Meals in the Fields at Near River Produce in Mid North Coast NSW. Pic: Lindsay Moller Photography
Meals in the Fields at Near River Produce in Mid North Coast NSW. Pic: Lindsay Moller Photography

It is with great pleasure that we launch our first winter event, Meals in the Fields: Welcome to Winter.

The menu will feature Near River heritage pork, along with poultry from Burrawong Gaian, and cheese from other local artisan producers. Beverages being offered will include craft beer from The Little Brewing Company and Sea Saw Wines.

Commencing at 5pm, canapés will be offered on arrival and guests can wander through the market garden or meet some of the animals that call Near River home prior to taking a seat for the rest of the evenings proceedings. The night is expected to finish around 9pm.

Price for the evenings meal with drinks is $125 (GST inc). There is a bus option from Port Macquarie at $25 per person return. Bookings are essential as seats are limited.

Some background

It all started with Breakfast in the Bedsour 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. You can view images and menus from past events here.

The details


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.


For this Welcome to Winter event, we’ll be seated inside a marquee in the front paddock, so flat shoes and a jacket would be suitable. There’ll be heating a plenty.


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 dinner.

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 do offer a bus option for Meals in the Fields, with stops at Lighthouse Beach, Gordon Street interchange, the doughnut service centre at the Pacific Highway, and Bain Park in Wauchope. Select this option when purchasing your tickets.

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.

To receive advance notice about our upcoming events, join our newsletter, as we offer our mailing list the first opportunity to acquire tickets for these sell out events.

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Near River Produce - Real food direct from our farm located on the NSW Mid North Coast