If you love food, wine, music and the outdoors, I hope you are spending this weekend in Noosa because we roll them all together in one tasty package at the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival which kicked off yesterday in grand style.
Did I mention the great weather to boot? Check out the gorgeous view (below) that greeted The Today Show for their live cross this morning from Noosa’s Main Beach, one of the festival venues. Did you see the segment from your cold lounge room and wish you were here?
The Noosa International Food and Wine Festival, celebrating its 10th year from May 16-19, got under way yesterday with the Asian Food Trail, Seafood Afloat Trail, Westpac Ruby luncheon where a panel discussion about the role of women in hospitality and the media provided plenty of food for thought, and the amazing Edible Music gala opening where 10 of the world’s best chefs chopped and stirred in time to the Queensland Virtuosi Orchestra.
A sneak peek at Festival Village in Noosa Heads Lions Park yesterday got the taste buds tingling in anticipation of two great show days this Saturday and Sunday where you wander around, bumping into Adriano Zumbo, Poh, Matt Moran, Christine Manfield and David Williamson, while deciding which tastes to try, dished up at kiosks from some of Noosa's and the Sunshine Coast's best restaurants, washed down by wines and beers from almost 40 kiosks. Luckily there are free buses and ferries to get you there and home again!
It’s always fun plotting which of the dozens of celebrity chef cooking demonstrations to make it to, where you can watch a master (including chefs from the S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants list) at work in the kitchen for 30 minutes, graciously sharing their knowledge as they prepare an amazing dish. Meet the chefs, critique the critics including Matt Preston in a “Dude Food” cook-off, taste yummy products, see the latest kitchen gear or hear debates on topics including “Food and wine are better than sex”.
Stay around as the sun sets tonight, Saturday and Sunday for entertainment on the main stage: Tonight’s welcome concert has Pantastic Steel Band, Soul Cutz and Martini Club. "Don’t Stop Me Now", but on Saturday it’s Queen Bohemian Rhapsody and Mahogany (4-7.30pm) and on Sunday, Timomatic will "Set It Off" on the main stage, along with Relish and The Fabulous Singlettes (3.30-7.30pm).
If you’re on the beach this weekend, drop into the Visit Noosa marquee on the sand, right next to the festival’s Beach Barefoot Marquee, and say ‘hi’ to one of our friendly Visitor Information Centre volunteers. They can help you with anything you need to know about your stay in Noosa.
By the look of this, it's going to be one of the most popular spots in Noosa this weekend. All it needs now is a well stocked Esky ...