The Noosa Food & Wine Festival isn’t all indulgence with fabulous food and wonderful wine. The Relaxation Capital’s annual fest of the good things in life is the ideal time to learn from the experts. Big name chefs, chocolate artisans and an award-winning Aussie distiller will head to Noosa for a series of Masterclasses to share their knowledge and secrets across the weekend – May 19 and 20.
In 2018, Masterclasses will be held at two venues – Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort on Hastings St and at the Olsson’s Salt Yurt at the Festival Village at Lions Park, Noosa.
Once more the original Champagne diva, Bernadette O’Shea will be back to impart her impeccable Champagne knowledge along with a few giggles and gossip on France’s favourite bubbly export. The champagne is always exquisite and the accompanying food is nothing short of heavenly.
I was one of the lucky few to learn so much about the liquid gold from Bernadette and international wine writer Ken Gargett, at last year’s Champagne Masterclass. Drink a little, nibble a little and laugh a lot as these highly respected Champagne aficionados tag team through 5 elegant drops, Saturday & Sunday at the Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort at 11 am – 12.30 $120.
Bernadette will also bring the cheer outside with her Four of the Best Masterclass. Four flawless cuvées in the Sofitel Cabanas with matched canapés sounds like the place to be Saturday 5-6.30 pm $250.
The Sofitel Pacific Resort will also host a Eumundi Brewery Masterclass with an afternoon of craft beer tastings and a grazing table of charcuterie and cheese at 3.00 pm Saturday – $55. And for Pinot Noir lovers? Saturday between 2.30 and 4 Masterclass attendees will taste the best of Tasmania’s sub-regions with Tolpuddle and Dalrymple single Site wines – $110.
Masterclasses across the weekend will keep the Olsson’s Salt Yurt at the Festival Village buzzing. The buzz starts with Padre Coffee’s Masterclass at 10.30 ($20) and continues through both days, finishing with chocolate and gin!
Icebergs Dining Room and Bar’s Jaci Koludrovic will let you in on her secrets to crafting Salted Caramel & Lime Mousse with almonds and raspberries at 10.30 Sunday ($20). Taste of the Orient with Adam D’Sylva is all about the flavour and freshness of Indian cuisine at 3.30pm Saturday ($20).
Australia’s ‘Queen of Chocolate’ Kirsten Tibballs has already sold out her Sweet Temptations session on Saturday but tickets are still available for Dessert Delights at 4.30 Sunday. And there’s more with Shaw and Smith – Chardonnay and Pinot, Cape Mentelle Margaret River and much, much more.
N.B. You need to purchase a Festival Village ticket for these Masterclasses.
Festival Village Tickets are $35 now or $40 at the gate Included in your Festival Village Pass is Entry to the Pimm’s Garden Party, Access to the Chef’s Skills Table, Access to Taste of Noosa, Entry to the Courier Mail Producers Pavilion, Entry to the Asahi Super Dry, Craft Beer & Cider Corner, Live Cooking Demonstrations and Live Music. A Complimentary glass of wine by Xanadu Margaret River or tasting of Asahi Soukai is also included.
Tickets available here.