Events & experiences
If you believe your home cooking finesse can stack up against the rest of Australia, your culinary dreams could come true with an exciting competition brought to you by Australia’s favourite food, wine and lifestyle event, the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival. Food lovers across the country have the chance to be part of the inaugural ‘Australia’s Best Home Cook Dish’ competition, where you stand to win some amazing prizes.
It’s been a long time between posts, and that’s because this foodie has been eating her way around Europe! Having just returned from a wonderful month travelling Italy, France, Belgium, Holland and England, I’m back in Noosa with renewed culinary inspiration. There were several highlights to my trip – one was dining at Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant The Fat Duck, an incredible experience, and the other was travelling around rural Italy. I concentrated on a fairly small area, which included the regions of Liguria, Tuscany, Umbria and Marche. On my gourmet escapades, one of the things that was very apparent is the diversity of foods in each region. For example Liguria was abundant with seafood and is where the famous pesto sauce originates, whereas Tuscany cuisine was more meat-based, with game being readily available.
Highly acclaimed chef, Matt Golinski, will use the flavours of local Mary Valley produce to create seasonal delights in the Centre Park in Imbil on Sunday June 9. The passionate cook, whose resume includes roles as executive chef at Ricky Ricardos at Noosa, founding partner in his highly successful Rolling Dolmade catering company and one of the favourite chefs on Channel 10 network’s Ready Steady Cook TV series, is pleased to help promote Mary Valley Country Flavours.
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: