Continuity with change may have been the most maligned catch-cry this week. But it is simply the very best way to describe Australia’s most loved long weekend of culinary excellence: Noosa Food and Wine 2016.
Bigger, better and brighter than ever, Noosa Food and Wine 2016 will showcase not only Noosa’s unmistakable landscape but, Australia’s biggest line-up of celebuchefs. Ben O’Donoghue, Luke Mangan, Frank Camorra, James Viles and Tony Percuoco will all be manning the stoves.
This weekend of fun will be more relaxed than ever before with eating and drinking designed for food lover’s maximum enjoyment. There’s a Slow Food Safari through the Hinterland; A modern 5 course dinner at Rickys River Bar & Restaurant with the dream team of The Long Apron’s Cameron Matthews and Stokehouse Q’s Richard Ousby. Paul Leete from Sails will make sure Nu Nu’s Nick Holloway feels at home just centimetres from Noosa’s golden sands when they join together to cook a 4-course lunch.
Noosa Food and Wine 2016:
- May 20-22
- 49 Chefs
- Nearly 30 events from Hastings St to Makepeace Island and beyond
- 28 Wineries
The Noosa Main Beach Tipi will be the site of both the opening cocktail party and closing Full Moon party – both already sold out. Main beach also sees The Surfers vs Chefs Breakfast on Sunday morning at 10am. This might be the hottest ticket of the festival with Chefs Pete Evans, Ben O’Donoghue, Peter Kuruvita, Samantha Gowing and Andreas Nielsen taking on some of Australia’s biggest surfing names. The competition is in support of Surf Aid and ensures quality celebrity chef sightings – Instagram will never be the same.
Shane Bailey, the Executive Chef at the Noosa Boathouse (perhaps Noosa’s best kept food secret) will don the apron for the Noosa Boathouse ‘You’re Better on Beef’ day at nearby Lions Park. Your $15 entry includes cooking demonstrations by Matt Golinski, Alastair McLeod, Sunny Gilbert and MKR’s Sammy and Bella. Food and drink tickets are available for $8 with the best sirloin, Stone and Wood Craft Beers and a great selection of Aussie wines on the menu.
Hasting Street’s Sheraton Noosa Resort and Spa is the venue for Saturday’s Wine Tasting Quarter. Twenty Australian wineries will be pouring both tastings ($3 for 3) and by the glass ($6).
With a number of events already sold out, this year’s Noosa Food and Wine is more popular than ever with an unbeatable line up of chefs, idyllic locations and something for everyone. Get the full program and tickets before it all sells out: noosafoodwinefestival.com.au