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Get ready for the Noosa Eat & Drink Festival Village; all of your favourites are returning for Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May.

Moving to the Woods, the Festival Village will be bigger and better than ever before with exciting
new additions to the program, including an additional acoustic music stage, the cheese wheel with
dedicated masterclasses, new local artisan producers and Australia’s best…think truffles,
chocolates and caviar.

Never to be seen live on stage before, Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and Manu Feildel will be cooking
up an entertaining food frenzy! And the good news is they will be here for both days, so now is
the time to book your weekend passes!

Other newbies to the Festival include Lennox Hastie – Chef of the Year, who will be cooking with
fire and everyone’s favourite dessert royalty Kirsten Tibballs, Anna Polyviou and Darren Purchese
will be spinning sweet magic.

If you are wanting to chill out in the Festival Village, head to one of the many bars and lounges
including Four Pillars, Miss Moneypeny’s, Diablo and Stone & Wood.

Live on the Main Stage, be entertained by Australia’s best chef’s including Alastair McLeod with
good mate and Noosa’s favourite Matt Golinski, Lennox Hastie from Sydney’s Firedoor, Matt Sinclair
from Sum Yung Guys, and in an exciting first, celebrity trio Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and Manu
Feildel will join forces.

Get up close and personal with your favourite chefs at the Chef’s Skills Stage as they share some
of their skills in these intimate sessions. Join us for a conversation with foodie legends Neil Perry,
Matt Moran and Ronni Kahn as they discuss the current climate of food. Other sessions include
Mark Best, Mark Olive, Ian Curley, Kirsten Tibballs and Jesse McTavish.

For those enthusiasts that like to taste and learn head to one of our masterclasses – chocolate,
cheese seafood, salty and of course drinks:
The Cheese Wheel masterclasses are a new addition for 2020 and will delight cheese lovers.
Cheese expert Peter Gross will take you on a journey through the dreamy world of all things cheese.
These exclusive masterclasses are a ticketed item and are only accessible with Festival Village
tickets. $40 per masterclass.

The Salty Sessions with Olsson’s Salt are returning and feature some of Australia’s best chefs,
producers and winemakers. These sessions will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet
and learn from chefs and producers themselves, second only to being personally invited into their
workshops and kitchens. 

The masterclasses will feature: 

Adrian Richardson, Alanna Sapwell,
Annaliese Gregory, Corey Costelloe, Massimo Mele, Alessandro Pavoni and Giovanni Pilu, Ian
Curley and others. These exclusive masterclasses are a ticketed item and are only accessible with
Festival Village tickets. $40 per masterclass.

Baci Moments will feature Australia’s dessert Kings and Queens including Anna Polyviou, Adriano
Zumbo, Darren Purchese, Elena Dugan, Silvia Colloca and Delicious Magazine’s Warren Mendes.
These exclusive masterclasses are a ticketed item and are only accessible with Festival Village
tickets. $40 per masterclass

Enjoy a Taste of Noosa with local restaurants dishing up great food across the weekend.
Restaurants include: Café Le Monde, Embassy XO, Fiona's Fancies, Jungle & Co, Mr Jones & Me, ORen, Peregian Beach Hotel, View by Matt Golinski, Village Bicycle, Wood Fire Grill and Zachary's.
Also joining us this year from the Yarra Valley are returning favourite’s Yarra Valley Caviar and
newbie’s to the festival Chupacabra, will be bringing tastes of their coastal Mexican from Byron
Bay.

Local and Australian producers will be a highlight of this year’s Festival Village and include:
Bruny Island Cheese, Cooloola Berries, Essential Grain Bakery, Great Southern Truffles, Hum Honey,
Kim Wallace, Kokopod Chocolate, Nomu Noms, Padre Coffee, Costa Noosa, Flying West, Salumi,
Sticky Balsamic, Ugly Duck Fine Foods and Woombye Cheese Co.

The Delicious Drinks Lab is bringing together some of our nation’s best mixologists, wine
connoisseurs and spirit gurus to create a series of alcohol inspired masterclasses. The best in the
business will be spilling all of their secrets and tricks of the trade including learning about native
botanicals with Brookies Gin, a showcase of local beer heroes with ‘Beer Matt’ Kirkengard,
discovering wine with 2019 Winemaker of the Year Vanya Cullen, and discovering everything about
Sake, Tequila and Whisky. These exclusive masterclasses are a ticketed item and are only
accessible with Festival Village tickets. $40 per masterclass.

Some of Australia’s best wineries will be joining the Festival including: Dandelion Vineyards, De
Iuliis Wines, Irvine Wines, Catalina Sounds, Mr. Riggs Wine Co. Taltarni Vineyards, Polperro, Robert
Oatley, Rockbare, Shaw + Smith and Zilzie. Champagne lovers will enjoy the Veuve Clicquot bar In
the village.

Miss Moneypenny’s will be bringing cool beats and cocktails to Festival Village and joining them
will be the best of Australia’s artisan distilleries including Four Pillars, Brookies, Husk Distillers and
Mr Black Spirits for those who love an espresso martini.
Craft beer and cider fans will have plenty of choice including: Boiling Pot, Diablo Ginger Beer, Heads
of Noosa, Land & Sea, Newstead Brewing Co, Stone & Wood and Treehouse Cider.

THE ESSENTIALS:
§ Entry to the Festival Village includes a Noosa glass including a complimentary glass of
wine on arrival, access to the cooking and chef’s skill demonstrations, DJs and live music
and more!
§ The Festival is working with industry associations and initiatives including OzHarvest,
Good Fish, Thankful for Farmers, Slow Food Noosa, Plastic Free Noosa and Trees for
Tourism
The Noosa Eat & Drink Festival takes place 14 – 17 May 2020. To see the whole program head to
www.noosaeatdrink.com.au

For media enquiries contact Tourism Noosa Communications Manager Susan Ewington on on 0412 692 961 or susan@tourismnoosa.com.au

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