Australia’s dedicated foodies and chefs alike are heading to Noosa this May. The Noosa Food and Wine Festival – Australia’s favourite food festival is back – newer, bigger and better. 2018 sees a strong contingent of leading female chefs featuring in a non-stop 4-day program.
Visit Noosa have announced something for the seafood lovers, carnivores, vegans and of course wine aficionados and beer lovers from Thursday, May 17 to Sunday, May 20. Culinary travellers come from far and wide to enjoy exceptional food and wine on the beach, by the river, in the National Park and across the Noosa Hinterland.
One of the hottest tickets in 2018 is the exclusive OpenTable Festival Village VIP Pavilion with fine wines from Xanadu Margaret River and beer by Asahi Super Dry and an all-day grazing table both Saturday and Sunday.
The second release of tickets has just begun so don’t miss out.
This year’s Opening Party under the Tipis on the picture postcard beach is already sold out. The Tipis will also be home to the Rise & Nourish breakfast and Under the Moon in May Silver Edition on Saturday.
By the light of the silvery moon Bistro C, Boardwalk Bistro and Rococo Noosa will serve up an epic Sunset Cocktail party. Think gin samplings, vodka bar, Stella Artois accompanied by canapés, music and dancing the night away. Dress code: Silver – to be in the running to win great prizes.
A perennial festival favourite – the Audi Long Lunch on Hastings Street will again feature the glamour strip’s favourite restaurants and cafes at the longest table ever in Noosa. Each restaurant will partner with a different winery serving matching wines to complement the delicious menus. Due to the Long Lunch’s popularity, a ballot is being held for tickets. More details here.
Noosa Food Wine and Women
This year sees a strong line-up of female talent coming to Noosa to work alongside their local counterparts in a number of delicious events.
Food Women with Alanna Sapwell of Saint Peter
Friday at 12 sees Alana ‘come home’ to Noosa when she teams up with Craig Galea at his Peregian Beach eatery Pitchfork Restaurant. Together they’ll celebrate the region’s female producers and their outstanding products. Alana used to work under David Rayner at The River House before taking off around the world to hone her skills.
The incomparable dessert diva Christine Manfield will join Craig on Saturday to do it all again at Pitchfork Restaurant. Like Friday’s event, their 4-course menu will be matched with Lethbridge Wines.
WoHo – Female Talent of Our Time
Wasabi will host Friday lunch for WoHo – a not for profit that supports women in hospitality. Chefs Emma McCaskill, Jo Barrett and pastry chef extraordinaire Lauren Eldridge will present a 4-course lunch with matched wines. Lauren will also be part of the already sold-out Generation X Dinner. But you can join the waitlist.
Speaking of ‘sweet’ women Australia’s Queen of Chocolate Kirsten Tibballs will be making chocolate magic at two Masterclasses: Dessert Delights and Sweet Temptations. Held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons – tickets online.
Some events have already sold out, some are waitlisted and all tickets are selling fast.