Events & experiences
The Noosa International Food & Wine Festival just celebrated its 10-year birthday, and what a party it was! Australia’s premier food event pulled out all stops to mark the occasion, with an amazing line-up of local, national and international chefs, food personalities, winemakers and first class entertainment. Visitors to the festival were spoilt for choice, with a diverse selection of cooking demonstrations, panel discussions, lunches and dinners, food and wine tastings, lifestyle events, concerts and much more – all taking place in stunning locations.
Australia’s best wines and winemakers will emerge on the Sunshine Coast for what will be a stellar line up for the tenth anniversary of the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival from 16-19 May 2013.
The festival will feature over 200 wines from 40 wineries where the stars of Australian winemaking will share their knowledge with enthusiastic consumers and wine buffs at the many and various wine-focused events throughout this year’s four-day Festival program. It is truly a unique opportunity for people to meet and interact with their favourite winemakers.
I recently attended the Real Food Festival in Maleny in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. A celebration of local produce, this is the second Real Food Festival, this year spread over 2 days. The festival comprised of talks and discussions on various relevant topics, cooking demonstrations, market stalls, food tastings, kids activities and much more. Set in a beautiful natural environment at the Maleny Showgrounds, the festival emphasis is on “paddock to plate”, following the food chain from our passionate local producers to the talented chefs of the region.
One of the many things I love about living in Noosa is that they really know how to throw a party. In the case of the Noosa Longweekend Festival, it’s a 10-day party filled with arts literature, food and fun. This annual event has grown over the past 10 years to become one of Australia’s best multi-genre festivals, and this year’s program offered a fantastic selection of food events, including the return of the popular Duck Waddle.
As an avid foodie, I love a good food festival. But having Australia’s premier food event just around the corner from where I live is a foodie’s dream come true! If you weren’t lucky enough to be at the 2012 Noosa International Food & Wine Festival last weekend, picture this: amazing food, gorgeous wines, a line-up of some of the best chefs in the world and first class entertainment in a stunning location.
The 2012 Noosa Longweekend Festival Program has just been launched, and aren’t we in for a treat! Now in its eleventh year, this multi-genre arts festival is a 10-day celebration of world class events including food, music, dance, theatre, literature, visual arts, and more taking place in a spectacular location. There is something for everyone in this year’s program, and as Noosa Foodie’s priority is of course food, let’s take a look at this year’s culinary offerings:
Being a foodie destination, Noosa attracts a number of food personalities and we are currently enjoying a spate of cookbook launches. With culinary celebrities such as Matt Moran, Luke Nguyen, Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Annabel Langbeim coming to town to promote their latest releases, we are spoilt for choice. Last Friday I was fortunate enough to attend Bill Granger’s launch of his latest cookbook at Rickys River Bar & Restaurant. Lunch at one of my favourite restaurants with one of my favourite cookbook writers – I was not going to miss this event!
One of the many things I love about living in Noosa is the strong sense of community and willingness of so many residents to generously share their time and expertise in an attempt to make a difference to the world. This weekend I had the pleasure of visiting the Peregian Beach Veggie Village, a community garden that teaches people how to grow their own fruit and vegetables using the techniques of permaculture.