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Slice of Haven will feature in the upcoming edition of Mid North Coast Now magazine, due out in April, local Fairfax newspapers and websites, Focus magazine, local televsion news and across the Southern Cross radio and television network.

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Media from 2016

Clayton Donovan will dish up native flavours


From the Camden Haven Courier

Australia's first hatted Indigenous chef, Clayton Donovan.


CHEF Clayton Donovan is keeping his cards close to his chest when to comes to the culinary secrets he plans to share with Slice of Haven festival-goers.

A Nambucca-local, Clayton says he enjoys being involved with "great events in my own backyard" and is looking forward to being this year's Slice of Haven special guest presenter.

"Being able to showcase Australian native foods, for Australians, in Australia is a good thing," he said.

Proof of the growing interest in Australian native ingredients has been the success of the ABC television series 'Wild Kitchen', which follows Clayton as he visits farms and providores to source the freshest ingredients.

"I feel like we're on the cusp of a real change, where Australians are getting to know and understand local produce a little better."

"More people at the top end of the food industry are discovering the great food flavours of Australia, and it's become a real high-end food trend."

As someone who spent years working in the UK, and in Australia alongside a few big-name celebrity chefs, Clayton has changed the direction of his career in recent times.

After closing his hatted Jaaning Tree Restaurant in Nambucca Heads after five wonderful years, he now brings his passion for native foods and local produce to a wider audience.

"I'm spending more time creating pop-up restaurants and doing guest cheffing roles."

Clayton's main message for Slice of Haven's foody audience will be to keep it simple and flavoursome.

"I like to make local ingredients the hero, and try not to make it too complicated,"

"Food's more fun if you can eat it with your fingers too."

For your chance to see Clayton's cooking demonstrations, and hear his fresh approach to modern Australian cuisine, come along to Slice of Haven food and wine festival on May 29.

With dozens of stallholders, there will be a huge variety of dishes to taste and local produce to buy and take away, all featuring locally-grown ingredients.

"It's going to be great," Clayton concluded.

More information about the Slice of Haven is available on the festival website;

Come for the food, stay for the magic


SLICE of Haven's 'Magic beyond the Plate' theme is set to play out on Sunday May 29, thanks to right mix of food, entertainment and family fun.

"It's not just about tickling tastebuds; it's about keeping things fresh and adding new layers of interest and texture to the event every year," said festival spokesperson, Kerry McFadyen.

While a collection of local cafes and food producers serve up their favourites, and the fine wines and boutique beers flow, an eclectic bunch of entertainers, of every shape and size, will be on hand to keep festival-goers entertained.

Magicians, Jay Scott Berry - the Virtuoso of Magic - and Magic Jake, will not only thrill visitors with their incredible routines, they will also roam through the crowd, surprising young and old with their raucous, random tricks.

The dancers from Movement Studios always impress, with their creative routines and colourful costumes. After last year's spectacular "seniors" flashmob, all eyes will be on dance studio boss Jo Rowan and her talented team.

Live music fans will also enjoy the chance to move and groove to the fine sounds of local bands Elk and Ghost Road.

The task of winning hearts and creating smiles will be left to the enchanting Bago Magic cast and crew, who are making their first appearance at Slice of Haven. Their magical performance of Peter Pan will be a real highlight.

For that essential Slice of Haven dash of quirky, musicians from CHUMS (Camden Haven Ukelele Musicians) will strum and hum in their own unique way.

Add to that live cooking demonstrations, celebrity chefs, a special children's area and plenty of spaces to eat and drink it all in, and this festival serves up something for everyone.

Stallholders have fingers crossed for a beautiful day.

"Regardless of the weather, the atmosphere is always just incredible - or should I say 'magical'," Kerry McFadyen said.

The Slice of Haven food and wine festival will take place from 10am on Sunday May 29, 2016 at the river foreshore precinct, behind the Laurieton United Services Club.

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SUPPORT FOR SES: Slice of Haven representative and Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce president Lee Dixon, hands the $1,000 cheque to SES Unit Controller, Paul Burg.

SUPPORT FOR SES: Slice of Haven representative and Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce president Lee Dixon, hands the $1,000 cheque to SES Unit Controller, Paul Burg.


MARCH 2016

AS the weather cools, appetites heat up in anticipation for the Camden Haven's premier event - Slice of Haven Food and Wine Festival.

Last week the festival donated the entry-takings from the 2015 event to two worthy local groups whose valuable assistance contributed to the success of the event.

The Camden Haven State Emergency Service and Camden Haven Surf Lifesaving Club each received a donation of $1,000.

"Every dollar counts, and this donation will be very handy," said Camden Haven SES Unit Controller, Paul Burg.

Paul plans to put the money towards the purchase of emergency equipment for use in the area.

"Potentially every member of the local community stands to benefit," Paul said.

Glen O'Brien, president of the Camden Haven Surf Lifesaving Club said his organisation was proud to be able to help an event like Slice of Haven.

"This event boosts the Camden Haven business community," Glen said.

"Local businesses are always willing to support the Camden Haven Surf Club and other community groups, so helping out at Slice is one way we can return the favour."

Slice of Haven's key sponsor, the Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce, has confirmed its support for the 2016 event, along with the Holiday Coast Credit Union, Camden Haven Courier, Hastings Co-op, Focus magazine, Southern Cross Austereo, Laurieton United Services Club, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, Mayo Private Hospital and Ryan Financial.


This year's theme is Magic Beyond the Plate.

Event organisers are inviting a limited number of non-food related stalls to the 2016 event. 

In keeping with tradition only stallholders that meet the Slice of Haven criteria of residing within 100 miles of the Camden Haven, providing food or other fare that is predominantly made or grown in the Camden Haven, will be accepted to the festival on May 29.

Stallholders are invited to fill out the expression of interest (Click HERE to go to the Slice website) and "wow" the committee with their interpretation on this year's theme - don't forget to include the staple ingredient of Slice of Haven; a dollop of indulgence and a dash of quirky!

SLICE 2016 - The theme. The vibe.


WHY is the Slice of Haven Food and Wine Festival so successful?

It’s the only such festival on the Mid North Coast with a truly local, gourmet focus.

The organisers, all volunteers, aim for the best quality in food, drink and entertainment each year, rather than getting “bigger”.

“We stick to our core values of promoting the best local food producers and businesses within 100 food miles of the Camden Haven,” said one of the event coordinators Kerry McFadyen.

“In 2008, the first festival, our vision was to develop an identity for the Camden Haven region; stage an individual, sustainable and superior gourmet/lifestyle event, provide an experience and an opportunity to showcase  a professional, safe, comfortable, wholesome, festive experience with ‘a dollop of indulgence and a dash of quirky’.”

On average, around 15,000 people come to experience their Slice of Haven each year.

Generous sponsorship from Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce, Holiday Coast Credit Union and a host of other prominent businesses has helped the festival become a must-experience event.

Lovers of gourmet food, wine, beer, coffee, local entertainment and a kick-back-and-chill atmosphere will be well catered for. There’s plenty of food and fun for the kids too.

The event is held on the last Sunday, 10am - 5pm, in May every year on the banks of the Camden Haven River, corner of Seymour and McLennan Streets, Laurieton.Entry is by gold coin donation which goes towards supporting the many community groups who make the event possible. For information visit


A day to taste the spice of local life - 2015

FOR one spectacular day, the Slice of Haven food and wine festival takes over the Camden Haven region for an unforgettable epicurean experience.

Come down to the Camden Haven River foreshore this Sunday, 10am to 4pm at the river end of Seymour Street Laurieton, where 80 stallholders will offer up a dazzling array of gourmet food, local wines, craft beer, and produce picked fresh from local farms and gardens. 

A 14,000+ crowd is expected on the day, although this number could swell if the weather gods produce another sublime Autumn day.

If past years are anything to go by, families, visitors, food-lovers and picnickers will flock to the festival site to take up a position on the grass, overlooking the river, or in one of the many seating areas in and behind the Laurieton United Services Club, and along the southern end of McLennan Street.

It is easy to pick out the seasoned Slice of Haven-ers; they are the ones who arrive early with a large picnic blanket and an esky full of ice. Once settled you'll see them taking turns perusing the various stalls, before bringing back armfuls of delicious delights, as if feeding a nest of hungry chicks. 

As the early-bird-arrivers know, the prized positions for blankets and picnic chairs are the ones closest to the footpaths, which make it easy to spot and call out to passing friends. The locations with an uninterrupted view of the stage area are also highly sought-after. Who doesn't want to kick back and enjoy the constant stream of musicians, dancers and the incredible African Children's Choir?

There is a real art to getting the timing right at this type of event too. The food stall queues tend to peak with the lunchtime rush, so it pays to eat a little earlier or later than you might otherwise. 

When it comes to deciding which delights to sample, and in what order, no special rules apply. Some people like to start off with a plate of fresh prawns or oysters, just to get the tastebuds going. There is a certain logic to beginning with a delicious cheese plate, and some salty macadamia nuts or local olives on the side, before moving on to richer and more decadent delights.

Those who have their wits about them may remember the year the cupcake stall sold out rather quickly, and head straight there, in case history repeats itself. 

One thing is for sure, and that's the quality and freshness of what's on offer. Stallholders must be local and must source 90 per cent of their produce from within a 60 "food mile" radius of the Camden Haven to be granted a place at the festival. 

The tantalising tasting plates from some of our best local restaurants and cafes also remind us of how lucky we are to call the Camden Haven region home. Nothing beats the taste of one of Tin Hta-Nu's fragrant curries or home-grown and handmade samosas, or a gourmet pie washed down by a glass of craft beer or local wine. 

The important thing to remember is to pace oneself - you really can have your cake and eat it too at Slice of Haven.

The organisers do a great job of keeping everyone in the family happy. Once the kids have had their fill of licorice and ice-cream, they will happily forget all about food as they mess around in the giant sand pit or play with friends in the purpose-built kids' fun zone.

So, if you find yourself anywhere near Laurieton this Sunday, why not stop in at Slice of Haven? 

Whether you go on your own or meet up with family, friends and neighbours, it's a great place to enjoy the great outdoors, try something new and delicious, listen to great live music, or simply soak up the cruisy atmosphere.

This year's festival theme, 'Food for thought: Celebrating cultural diversity', celebrates the spice of life we enjoy and guarantees there will be something for everyone. Enjoy!

Where it all started

Let us tell you a story of a region struggling to find its identity, a beautiful place, a region that shares a name with a town west of Sydney and regularly people say, “Camden Haven? That near Picton?”

The angst! How do we put ourselves on the map? It’s a well-guarded secret haven where a few people spend relaxing holidays, fishing, boating, camping – but who are we beyond a little holiday hamlet, a former fishing and timber town? Who are we now?

A small band of volunteers got together in 2008 with the backing of the Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce to pull together an event to showcase the region. We have a beautiful location and gourmet producers are establishing themselves in the region. Why not try a food and wine festival? Sure, it’s never been done before here but… let’s wing it.  Read more

Celebrating diversity in 2015

The 2015 Slice of Haven theme is: Food for thought – Celebrating cultural diversity in the Camden Haven. 

Enjoy the famous laid back atmosphere at the region's only truly local, gourmet food and wine festival on May 24, 10am-4pm on the Camden Haven River Foreshore.

Applications are now open for local businesses to show off their fine food talents. Click here for the application form. Further information for stallholders can be found here.

Sharper Slice in 2014

SLICE of Haven organisers are gearing up for a gourmet food and wine festival with a difference in 2014.

A new festival layout, chilled out music and only the creme of gourmet food producers from the Camden Haven to enliven your tastebuds with local food creations.

The date is set - May 25 - for the popular festival on the Camden Haven River foreshore.

Organisers are embracing a more sustainable theme this year, lowering the festival’s carbon footprint and bringing the festival back to its purely local, gourmet roots.

Expressions of interest (EOI) from potential stallholders are now open, via email - and 'click on contact us'.  Read more.

One sensational day (503w)

For one spectacular day each year, the Camden Haven River foreshore is transformed into the region’s largest local food and beverage hub.

The Slice of Haven Food and Wine Festival celebrates the wonderful variety of food, wine and beer offered by Camden Haven farmers, specialty food producers and fisher folk, as well as local retailers and restaurants.

The event also provides a brilliant opportunity to talk with local foodies and taste their delicious fare.

With 50 stalls, top-quality entertainment and a range of dining options, the festival has something for everyone and is a great way to support the best of Camden Haven regional food.

This year’s “Purely Local & Gourmet” theme gives visitors a hint of what to expect. Stallholders have been asked to source 90 per cent of their produce within a sixty ‘food mile’ radius of the Camden Haven. This means products like those available at the East Coast Gourmet Foods stall for instance, will feature local produce.

”Our new Mango Lime and Chilli Chutney contains mangoes handed-picked in Port Macquarie, fresh chillies from King Creek, limes sourced from Rawdon Island and oranges from the banks of the Manning River,” East Coast Gourmet Foods spokesperson, Rebecca Kirkman said.

”Picking in season and locally means produce is at its optimum quality and doesn’t need to be shipped long distances or over-handled.”

”We also use local businesses for our bottling and labeling needs,” she added.

Launched in 2008, the Slice of Haven’s success is a testament to the commitment and passion of the organisers, who in turn attribute much of the success to the enthusiasm of the stallholders and the quality of their produce.

”Slice of Haven is a wonderful collaboration of the region’s primary producers, manufacturers, restaurants and cafes,” event spokesperson Kerry McFadyen said.

”They inspire us to enjoy the fruits of their labours and to become advocates for fresh, locally-produced food.”

The event also features lively entertainment, a floating seafood market, diverse music and performances, a family fun zone and more.

Rides, games, a jumping castle and the Slice of Beach giant sandpit help build the carnival atmosphere. Wandering minstrels, pop-up dance performances and interactive workshops add additional colour and excitement to the event.

For those who go each year to relax and share good food and wine with friends, there are plenty of spaces to spread a picnic blanket or your trusty folding chairs. For something different, why not visit the new chill out area where guests will be greeted by a maitre d’ and serenaded by pianist Adam Bishop as they dine.

Slice of Haven is brought to you by the Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Holiday Coast Credit Union, the Laurieton United Services Club, Camden Haven Courier, Southern Cross Media, Focus Magazine and the Hastings Co-op.

WHERE: Camden Haven River foreshore

(end of Seymour Street, behind LUSC)

WHEN: Sunday May 24, 10am to 4pm

ENTRY: gold coin donation


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