Taste Noosa: Eat, Drink, Be Happy

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Expect extraordinary culinary events with celebrated culinary talent, all showcasing premium produce and drinks, in a magical destination, enthuses Helen Flanagan.

Immersing yourself in local culture and all it has to offer is rewarding as well as exciting, however food is one of the most visceral ways to do this and also appreciate the surrounds. So, if your stomach rules the roost, get on your bibs for Noosa Eat & Drink, a once-a-year chance to feast, sip and party your way through a full-throated festival of the local food and drink scene – and it’s forks at the ready.

The jam-packed program from 30 May to 2 June 2024 promises an unforgettable weekend. Discover a delicious serving of next-level, food and drink featuring culinary heroes, special dining experiences, flavour-packed produce, impeccable techniques and everything in-between.

Whether you are looking for beachfront or long lunches, dinners with celebrated chefs and restaurateurs, mixologist masterclasses and live cooking demonstrations with serious foodies – or a beach party under the night sky, there’s something for everyone.

A multi-talented, star-studded lineup will flow endlessly from sand to stage to masterclasses. Included are Khanh Ong, Anna Polyviou, Matt Golinski, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Cameron Matthews, Luca Ciano, George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan, Adriano Zumbo, Jason Saxby from Raes at Wategos, Ben Cross from Mason Bali doing a collab with Agnes’ Ben Williamson, George Calombaris and Sarah Todd, Sixpenny’s Anthony Schifilliti, Aalia’s Paul Farag, Rose Adam, Guy Grossi, Nick Holloway, Hamish Quinn, Richard Ousby, Sergio Perera, Warren Mendes, George Georgovski, Jason Jones, Carolyne Helmy also Olympians Michael Klim and restaurateur Eamon Sullivan in Chef vs Olympians competition mode.

Many will also be co-hosts and behind the burners in collaboration with restaurants such as Locale, Humble on Duke, Sofitel Noosa Beach House, Lucio’s Marina, onboard Catalina, and more.

Super action central for food, drink and entertainment, the Festival Village will host over 80 local, Australian producers and international brands, exciting demonstrations and masterclasses including Seabourne Gin, desserts, Sunshine & Sons cocktails, and seafood.

Village tickets include a glass of Prosecco on arrival, a chance to explore pop-ups from top locals restaurants and specially selected food trucks. Sip on refreshing tipples from the finest craft brewers and distillers, alongside a selection of national and international winemakers.

Taste and stock up on artisan delights and associated products from across the region, savoury and sweet, at the Producers Pavilion. From Sticky Balsamic, Salumi Australia, Spice Origins, Max and Tom Cheeses, The Village Pickle, Amrita Park Meadery, Woombye Cheese, Noosa Black Garlic, The Tea Shop, Hum Honey, The Herd Biltong, Beyond Honey, the Gourmet Fudge Company – and so much more. You could be there all day however you cannot miss dancin’ and singin’ along with DJs and live entertainment such as Bermuda Social, a 6-piece cover band and duo/DJ The Potbelleez.

The Chandon VIP Lounge ups the ante for fine food and wine aficionados, with ticketholders enjoying front-row seats to celebrity chef cooking demos, a Chandon cocktail on arrival, catering by Lanai Noosa restaurant and in readiness to almost eye-ball the entertainment.

In Noosa for a flying visit, want to spread your wings and rub shoulders on tours with tastes, chats, eats and more?

Head to the BEERmuda Triangle albeit three breweries or let the fun beGIN in two distilleries including lunch at the latter, the Pomona Distilling Co. It is also hosting Sunshine Coast’s inaugural Grain vs Grape event, a four-course dinner, a glass of wine and spirits paired with each course, also entertainment.

Fancy something decadent with toes in the sand at the new-look Beach Garden at Noosa Main Beach?

Picture yourself sipping sun-kissed spritzes and dancing in the golden hour glow at the ultimate sunset soirée, the Official Pre-launch Party!

Look out for more unforgettable beach events such as the daily Sundowner Cocktail Party, exclusive sessions at the new Beach Club and Sunday Brunch by the sea hosted by George Calombaris and Masterchef’s Sarah Todd.

Whether sitting pretty over the beach and river; on Hastings Street; the cosmopolitan heart of Noosa Junction; or in the lush Hinterland, Noosa will never lose its uber-glamorous appeal, as epitomised by the Noosa Eat & Drink Festival in 2024. Bring your appetite, thirst and party spirit. Let’s eat, drink, celebrate and be happy.

Tickets now ON SALE!

www.noosaeatanddrink.com.au

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Noosa’s sophisticated charm, vibrant food culture and the magnetism of a subtropical paradise surrounded by national parks, inveigled Helen’s manic world and flipped it on its side. She pursues the good life with gusto, instinctively understanding the joys of travel, the art of story-telling, a candid review and surviving another reno whilst thriving on the motto Live Laugh Love!

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