Get your jam on with Wild Marmalade at Eat the Street

Thursday, 21 February

Fill up your ears as well as your belly at this year’s Eat the Street food festival and head to the Southern Cross University music stage to be entertained all day and late into the evening.

The 2019 Eat the Street music line-up includes performances by the Youth Jazz Orchestra, Tom Mwansa, Sara Tindley and Ash Bell, The Romaniacs, Jimmy Willing & The Real Gone Hick-Ups and Timbuktu.

Headlining this year is popular dance group Wild Marmalade, who are known for their high-energy didgeridoo and drum dance music and their ability to get a crowd dancing anywhere, anytime.

From their humble origins as street entertainers in the late 90s, Wild Marmalade have toured to stages, clubs and festivals the world over.

Cirque du Soleil was one of the first to be interested in the Marmalade sound. Composer Benoit Jutras said after experiencing Wild Marmalade play for the first time that it was “...the most uplifting, energetic live performance I saw in my life.”

Lismore will be treated to an extra special show, as Eat the Street serves up the Wild Marmalade big band. Featuring the original Wild Marmalade line-up alongside Paul George from Tijuana Cartel and legendary percussionist Ben Walsh this show promises to take things to the next level.

With a strong following in Japan, Australia and Europe, Wild Marmalade regularly play at electronic dance music festivals such as Boom and Ozora and they have toured Japan and Europe every year since 2000.

Every performance is a unique journey crafted specifically for the time, place and audience. The band starts every show empty-handed, with no set list and no plan whatsoever, so it remains to be seen just what the Eat the Street gig will produce.

Eat the Street will come alive on Saturday, 9 March from 12pm to 9pm in the heart of Lismore. There will be more than 50 stalls offering tasting plates, plus boutique drinks and beverages, home-grown produce and locally made products.

The popular cooking stage will return with celebrity chef Matt Golinski holding two ticketed masterclasses on Saturday as well as a free live demonstration and Q&A.

There are several other ticketed events happening in the lead-up to the festival.

On Thursday, 7 March there will be a Progressive Dinner around Lismore with diners enjoying five courses over five spectacular venues.

On Friday, 8 March bushfood expert Peter Hardwick will lead a Food Expedition and teach people how to pickle, preserve and ferment with local native ingredients.

If drinks are more to your taste, join Howard Johnson from The Loft for a Mixology Masterclass using award-winning local spirits from Cape Byron Distillery and Husk Distillery.

For more information or bookings for the ticketed events, visit

Image: Wild Marmalade will headline the Southern Cross University music stage at Eat the Street.


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