Botanical Bliss with VanillaFood

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We love celebrating local food and drinks so when Noosa Eat & Drink announced it was back, Deb Caruso got a few friends together to create a very special experience.

There’s something special about a long Sunday lunch sharing interesting conversation, fabulous food and making new friends and magical memories.

We love connecting the community through storytelling whether through the pages of our magazines or interviews on our Everyone Has a Story: Conversations from the Sunshine Coast and Noosa podcast.

So when Noosa Eat & Drink returned, we thought it was the perfect excuse to bring some of our favourite food and drink people together for a long lunch celebrating local flavours and sharing local stories.

Enjoy a stunning Bush Tucker Lunch prepared by one of Noosa’s most celebrated chefs and cookbook author, Nilla Tomkins of VanillaFood and Nilla’s Pantry, in the intimate and earthy VanillaFood café.

Our Podcast host, writer and emcee John Caruso will chat with Nilla about growing up in Denmark, her approach to food and how she landed in Noosa.

The event will begin and end with specially-crafted cocktails created by the award-winning Sunshine & Sons and Nil Desperandum Rum legends.

John will chat with Founder & Chief Imagineer, Matt Hobson, about his journey from working in airlines to starting a distillery with some mates and the challenges of cracking the local, national and global markets, winning the World’s Best Vodka title, and producing Australia’s first certified organic rum.

This promises to be an INspiring afternoon of fascinating conversation, fabulous flavours and a load of fun!

Chef Nilla and distiller Matt Hobson will share their stories between courses, culminating with an interactive Q&A session and giveaways before adjourning to VanillaFood’s Kitchen Garden gazebo for dessert and a specially-created organic spiced rum from Nil Desperandum.

Additional cocktails and Australian organic natural wines, craft beer and kombucha will be available for purchase and there will be lucky door prizes galore including limited edition 700ml bottles of IN Noosa Gin by Sunshine & Sons and VanillaFood Cookbooks.

With only 45 seats available, this intimate event is not to be missed.


On Arrival:
Sunshine & Sons Specially-crafted cocktail featuring native botanicals and the Vodka voted the World’s Best!

Wallaby tartare with crispy salt bush, & housemade crackers with Emu mayonnaise Betel leaf with chili prawns, bush tomato, macadamia cream, finger lime

Whole roasted Cauliflower, with roasted wattle seeds, bush honey miso tahini Papaya salad with native herbs
Roasted Eggplant with native greens & bush chilli and date caramel sauce
Whole wild caught Fish with Bunya Nut & saltbush dukkah
Housemade gluten-free Smoked Damper with macadamia butter

Native Tiramisu
Small batch organic spiced rum from Nil Desperandum
Enjoyed in Nilla’s Kitchen Garden Gazebo



Enjoy an afternoon of INspiring stories together with a bush tucker feast, welcome and farewell botanical cocktail plus lucky door prizes! $120 per person.

Limited Tickets Available!
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About the Author /

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Deb has 25+ years' experience providing strategic communications and brand reputation advice to clients in the government, business and not-for-profit clients. She is passionate about Noosa and is an active member of her community, providing PR to Slow Food Noosa and other clients. Her passion lies in working with small businesses to help them succeed. She is planning to release the Tastes of Noosa cookbook with Matt Golinski in 2019.

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