What to do
With more than 100 chefs, winemakers and producers; and more than 100 events across 4 days, the Noosa Food & Wine Festival 2019 is a mouth-watering mix of amazing new tastes, ideas and venues, along with firm favourites who we love to see each year. There's seafood, beer, gin, golf, a Greek BBQ on Sir Richard Branson's Makepeace Island, foraged food ... and pop art!
From 16-20 May, many of Noosa's favourite restaurants and their chefs will take part, along with visiting chefs including Alla Wolf-Tasker, Matt Wilkinson, Ben O'Donoghue, Christine Manfield, Manu Feildel, Matt Moran, Neil Perry, Adriano Zumbo, Paul Carmichael and dozens more - in local restaurants, in Festival Village, on Main Beach and in Noosa's beautiful outdoors.
There are beachfront brunches, dinners with celebrity chefs, hinterland trails, parties under the stars, and an amazing weekend at the riverfront Festival Village with Tastes of Noosa, a craft beer and cider corner, live music and cooking demonstrations.
It's a fantastic line-up but it's the collaborations between the talent and the unique settings they'll find themselves in that make this event such a favourite for food and wine lovers from around Australia.
Go beyond the beach with events including Yoga on the Farm with Freshly Harvested Healthy Breakfast; take the Noosa Brewery Trail, a guided tour visiting Land & Sea Brewery, Eumundi Brewery and Copperhead Restaurant & Brewery; or Join The Underground Collective on a Noosa farm for a progressive lunch with Alla Wolf-Tasker, Jo Barrett, Matt Moran, Scott Pickett and Zeb Gilbert from Wasabi Noosa.
NOIR NOOSA on Hastings St | Saturday 18 May, 6pm - 9pm | Presented by Moët & Chandon | $295: Celebrate Moët & Chandon Impérial's 150th anniversary under the stars and glistening fairy lights at the festival’s new signature event. This glamorous and theatrical black-tie Gala Dinner features captivating fun and entertainment, with an elegant, 4-course, French-inspired menu by Locale Noosa and Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, served alongside flowing Moët & Chandon Impérial Champagne.
CLUB CRUSOE | Saturday 18 May, 5pm | $195: Rococo Bistro Noosa bring a Kakadu meets Cafe del Mar meets South Pacific isles beach party to the shores of Laguna Bay with 4 hours of DJs, live music, dancing, sublime food, plentiful drink and of course, coconuts!
WELL NOURISHED | Sunday 19 May, 9.30am | $95: This lazy Sunday morning brunch will ease you into the day ahead, bringing Noosa’s Belmondos Organic Market straight to the shores of Noosa Main Beach. Ground your feet in the sand, breathe in the crisp Noosa air and explore a world of wellness for the mind, body and soul. Organic, ethical produce, seasonal food, locally roasted coffee, a glass of organic bubbles and a Noosa Reds Tomatoes Bloody Mary.
POP! - POP ART, BUBBLES AND CANAPES features internationally renowned pop artist Peter Phillips at his new studio gallery in the Noosa hinterland, with an exhibition of works spanning his six-decade career. Chef Josh Lopez will create the canapes, with drinks including specially prepared cocktails by Noosa’s new Fortune Distillery and Freeman Prosecco. Learn about the history of Pop Art from the National Gallery of Australia's senior curator Lucina Ward, and see the debut of short films.
With the Noosa River as a stunning backdrop, Festival Village in Noosa Heads Lions Park, Hastings Street, is the heart of Noosa Food & Wine Festival weekend, open on Saturday and Sunday 18-19 May from 10am - 8pm. There'll be live cooking demonstrations with visiting chefs, masterclasses, great food and drinks, producers' pavilion, live music and more.
THE RIVER LOUNGE with exclusive 2hr sessions with some of Australia’s best chefs and producers have created one-time only collaborations, including Paul Carmichael with Four Pillars, and North Bondi Fish who'll create fresh seafood dishes and chic cocktails, crisp whites and amber ales. $75 each (must also have a Festival Village ticket).
THE DRINKS LAB with 30min, alcohol-inspired masterclasses with some of our nation’s best mixologists, wine connoisseurs and spirit gurus - from artisan gin, right through to authentic sake. $45 each (must also have a Festival Village ticket).
COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS on Main Stage with chefs including Matt Moran, Paul Carmichael, Alessandro Pavoni, Giovanni Pilu, Alastair McLeod, Kirsten Tibballs, Anna Polyviou, Matt Golinksi and Matt Sinclair - and Matt Preston! Included in Festival Village pass.
TASTE OF NOOSA - Find some of Noosa’s best restaurants dishing up great food across the weekend, including Bombetta, El Capitano, Café Le Monde, Embassy XO, Sum Yung Guys, Providore on Hastings, Peregian Beach Hotel, Padre Coffee, View by Matt Golinski, Arcuri at RACV Noosa Resort, Village Bicycle, Zachary’s and Fiona’s Fancies.
CRAFT BEER & CIDER CORNER - Stone & Wood work alongside some of Noosa’s best craft brewers including Land & Sea, Heads of Noosa Brewing Co and Boiling Pot. Brouhaha and Diablo Ginger Beer will also join the party.
PROVIDORE ON HASTINGS PAVILION - Meet local and visiting producers including Big Heart Bamboo, CC's Kitchen, Cobram Estate, Cooloola Berries, Hum Honey, Kenilworth Dairies, Kokopod Chocolate Australia, Lindols Macadamias, Salumi Australia, Slow Food Noosa, The Fermentary, The Pumpkin House, Ugly Duck Preserves, Barenuts, Woombye Cheese Co. and other producers.
OLSSON'S SALTS MASTERCLASSES - 30min sessions, $35 each, with intimate masterclasses from some of Australia’s best chefs, producers and winemakers. Accessible only to those with a Festival Village ticket.
FESTIVAL VILLAGE INCLUSIONS - Entry to the Festival Village includes your Noosa Food & Wine Festival stemless poly-carb wine glass, complimentary glass of Dal Zotto Prosecco, live cooking demonstrations, access to the Chef’s Skills Table, access to Taste of Noosa Restaurants, entry to the Providore on Hastings Pavilion, entry to the Craft Beer & Cider Corner, live music from 3pm and more!