The Noosa Food & Wine Festival
The Noosa Food & Wine Festival is introducing an all new Festival Village in 2018 for Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May in the Noosa Lions Park with the beautiful Noosa waterways as a backdrop. The Festival Village will give festival-goers a chance to meander, explore, sit, relax and discover great food and wines with loads of unique experiences. Here are our top tips on everything you need to know about the Festival Village:
If you are passionate about food and love meeting artisan producers and wanting to learn some chef’s skills from some of the best, then this is the place to be.
The Producers Pavilion will be a sensory explosion of tastes, smells and visual delights and will be home to some of Australia’s finest boutique producers where you will have the opportunity for free tastings or to purchase their products.
Producers include: Brookies Gin, Caldera Fine Foods, Coyo Yogurt, Kenilworth Cheese, Meredith Dairies, Padre Coffee, Pomodoras Balsamic Dressing, Pretty Produce/Green Cauldron Farm and Woombye Cheese.
The Producers Pavilion will also feature the Chef’s Skills Table presented by Olsson’s Salts and MC’d by Queensland Taste Editor, Anooska Tucker-Evans. The Chef’s Skills Table sessions feature a range of chefs including Colin Fassnidge, Matt Wilkinson, Miguel Maestre, Kirsten Tibballs, Alanna Sapwell, Adam D’Sylva, Zack Furst, Brendon Barker, Charley Snadden-Wilson, Jordan Toft and Steve and Will from MKR.
Located in the heart of the Festival Village under the beautiful Sperry Tent, the Pimm’s Garden Party is everything you would expect from Pimm’s. A stylish space complete with various seating options (the perfect zone to people watch) and of course delicious drinks from Pimm’s!
Hipsters rejoice – the Craft Beer & Cider Corner is your place! Noosa’s version of a beer garden complete with live music and dj’s turning out cool vibes throughout the day.
Together with Asahi premium beer, the Craft Beer and Cider Corner with feature some of the region’s best craft brewers in action. Beers and cider include 4 Pines Brewing Co, Balter Brewing (voted number 1 in 2018), Brick Lane Brewing Co, Eumundi Brewery, Hawkers Beer and Stone & Wood (voted number 2 in 2018).
Presented by Olsson’s Salts under the canopy of a stunning Yurt, the masterclasses are an opportunity to see some of the visiting chefs and winemakers in an intimate setting. Olsson’s Salt will naturally be a theme throughout the classes and local produce will be in the spotlight. Guests include Colin Fassnidge, Giovanni Pilu, Matt Wilkinson, Adam D’Sylva, Shaw + Smith Winemaker, Adam Wadewitz, cheese expert Peter Gross and more. The masterclasses can be pre-booked at $20 per class ($30 for wine masterclasses).
Some of Australia best chefs will present cooking demos on the Main Stage including Miguel Maestre, Colin Fassnidge, Matt Sinclair, Paul Carmichael, Alessandro Pavoni, Giovanni Pilu, Matt Golinksi, Matt Stone, Zack Furst, Jo Barrett and Matt Wilkinson.
Enjoy tastes from some of Noosa’s best restaurants across the weekend including Arcuri, Boardwalk Bistro on Hastings, Bombetta, Embassy XO, Padre Coffee, Providore on Hastings, Sum Yung Guys, View Restaurant and Village Bicycle.
What’s a food and wine festival without great wine? Some of Australia’s best wineries will be in the Festival Village including Cape Mentelle, Cloudy Bay, Chandon, Chandon S, Clairault I Streicker Wines, Dal Zotto, De Iuliis Wines, Devil’s Corner,Hill-Smith Family Wines, Hollick Wines, Innocent Bystander, Irvine Estate, Journey Wines, Ocean Eight Winery, Pizzini Wines, Polperro Wines, Sharmans Wines, Shaw + Smith, Tellurian Wines, Turkey Flat Vineyards, Veuve Clicquot, Wairau River Wines, Yabby Lake, Yering Station and Xanadu Margaret River.
Enjoy a line-up of performers across two stages from early afternoon through to dusk, including DJs and bands Tijuana Cartel, Koi Boys, Funk N Stuff, The Most and more.
The Hamptons themed VIP lounge is the place to be over the festival weekend. You will be welcomed by the OpenTable Hostess and have the opportunity to meet guest chefs throughout the day. With limited tickets available to this exclusive venue, you will receive four complimentary drinks per day while enjoying an all-day grazing table prepared by the VIP Lounge Festival Chef. There will be wines by Xanadu Margaret River, along with premium Japanese beer Asahi Super Dry and refreshing water by San Pellegrino. There’s also the VIP satellite lounge complete with Chandon Bar close to the Main Stage to see all the action!
10. The Essentials:
- The Festival Village will open Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May from 10am – 8pm.
- Tickets start at $30 for adults, $15 for children and a weekend pass costs from $50.
- The OpenTable Festival Village VIP Lounge costs $150.
- Entry to the Festival Village includes a complimentary glass of wine by Xanadu Margaret River and a Noosa Food & Wine glass. Drinks from Wineries start at $3 for a 50ml taster and $8.00 for a 150ml glass.
- The Festival Village is an all-weather event.
- Getting to the Festival Village is easy – thanks to the Noosa Food & Wine Festival Bus roaming between 9.30am and 8.30pm from the Noosa Transit Centre and The J in Noosa Junction to the Noosa Lions Park every half hour!
- The Festival Village is a cashless event so bring your debit card, credit card, phone (with mobile wallet enabled) and get ready to 'tap & go'. Every restaurant, winery and producer will only take payment with a Visa, MasterCard or Amex debit or credit card or your smart phone with 'tap & go' functionality.
For the full program and to purchase event tickets see www.noosafoodandwine.com.au