Events & experiences

Four Days of Foodie Fun in Noosa

One of the many perks of living where I do is that Noosa is host to Australia’s premier food event, the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival. How lucky am I to have this four fantastic days of fun right on my doorstop? Last weekend marked the festival’s twelth year, and what a party it was! Fabulous food ranging from gourmet burgers to elaborate degustation dinners, an incredible selection of wines from all over Australia, celebrity chef spotting, cooking demonstrations by inspirational chefs, insightful panel discussions featuring prominent food industry talent, fantastic entertainment – all taking place in a gorgeous setting.

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Noosa’s Inaugural Ladies Wine Event

Last Thursday evening I had the pleasure of attending the Sunshine Coast’s first Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society event. Held at the stylish and popular Thomas Corner Eatery, the Noosa Fabulous Ladies Wine Soiree featured a selection of award-winning wines paired with a delectable five-course dinner. Sounds fantastic right? But even better when the wines are De Bortoli and with Leanne Dr Bortoli herself co-hosting the evening and sharing her profound wine knowledge.


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Lunch with Manu in Noosa

One of the many things I love about Noosa is the number of food personalities that are attracted here for their cookbook launches. Berardo’s Restaurant & Bar does an excellent job at hosting these, and today was no exception with Australia’s best loved French Chef Manu Feildel launching his latest book “French for Everyone”.


Where is the sauce?

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Wines Set to Sparkle in Noosa

Australia’s premier food, wine and lifestyle event, Noosa International Food and Wine Festival, is bringing the best of Australian and international wines and winemakers to Noosa for a four-day celebration May 15-18 2014.  The Festival boasts a spectacular program dedicated to experiencing the best in Australian and international wines, with a diverse range of all key winemaking regions in Australia present at this year’s event alongside a sprinkling of Champagne and Italian varieties.


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Festival Searches for Australia’s Best Home Cooked Dish

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.

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Recipe: Crostata (Rustic Italian Jam Tart)

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.

Pesto making

Pesto Making in Liguria

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Matt Mixes with Mary Valley Flavours

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.

Matt Golinsky

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Four Fabulous Days of Foodie Fun

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.

Seafood Lunch on Noosa Main Beach

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Sip the best at the 2013 Noosa International Food and Wine Festival

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.

Wine Tasting

Meet your favourite winemakers

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A Celebration of Local Produce at the Real Food Festival

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.

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