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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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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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Noosa rated “Best for Food” by Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine

Noosa has featured highly in the latest “Lonely Planet Traveller” magazine. UK’s best selling travel magazine ranked Noosa No. 1 destination in Queensland for food, referring to Noosa as “the state’s food capital”. Our very own life’s a feast received a great review – we’re very excited to be internationally recognised!

Click on the image below to read the article about Noosa:











One of our recipes from our Seafood Barbeque cooking class was also included in the feature – click here to see the recipe.

You can download the magazine for $5.49 at Lonely Planet.

Food, Wine & Fun in the Sun at the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival

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.

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Veggie Village, a community garden

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.

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Noosa Farmers Market, a Sunday morning ritual

In the early hours of Sunday mornings long before most of us are out of bed, there’s a buzz of activity at the AFL carpark on Weyba Road Noosaville, where 75 or so local farmers, growers and producers are busily setting up their stalls in preparation for the weekly Noosa Farmers Market.

Early morning, before the crowds arrive