Wanted: Appetite, Thirst & Party Spirit at Noosa Eat & Drink

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A gourmet escape like no other to feast, sip and party your way through three action-packed days of top-tier deliciousness from country to coast, promises to have even taste buds dancing, says Helen Flanagan.

Reach for the stars and mingle amongst the stars, with a true expression of Australia’s infamous love of food and wine at the acclaimed celebration, Noosa Eat & Drink Festival from 30 May to 2 June 2024.

Event organisers are still putting the toppings on the tasty smorgasbord of flavours, festivities and fun!

The festival began as a groundswell – is back by popular demand – and has grown to attract locals and visitors alike with in excess of 75 events plus the famed centrepiece of The Festival Village on Saturday and Sunday.

Expect a raft of Australian and international brands plus local brewers and distillers, celebrated chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers, sommeliers, mixologists, producers, artisans, and opulent options leaving lips abuzz and jaws agape. 

There will be ever-popular masterclasses; on-stage celebrity chef demonstrations showing off trademark flair and fluorescence; as well as late afternoon live entertainment.

An exclusive VIP Lounge experience promises continual catering, a diverse drinks menu, front row seats for the cooking demonstrations and some enticing surprises – more to come. 

It will be toes-in-the sand for the Beach Events with irresistible Sundowners in the new-look Beach Garden on Noosa Main Beach on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, also the legendary Sunday Brunch and special VIP treatment, especially if you love a cabana. As the sun sets on Friday night, glass of Chandon Garden Spritz in hand, get ready to mingle at the exclusive Official Opening Party with a seemingly endless array of drinks, deluxe canapés created with ingredients from around the region, and dance it off with guest entertainers and DJs.

The endless summer of love on Noosa Main Beach concludes with an ultimate beach party, The Festival Sundowner. Sip on a bevy of fave drinks, brews such as Pacific Ale or Green Coast Lager by Stone & Wood, and standout tipples from Noosa’s own distillers.

Relish talented Ryan Fitzpatrick’s restaurant Lanai Noosa and his culinary wizardry, highlighting Mooloolaba prawns, Fraser Isle Spanner crab, Ora king salmon, Hiroshima kingfish, and let the guest DJs bring the vibes as the sun sets on another memorable Noosa Eat & Drink Festival.    

Who’s Who? Faces and Places? The Festival’s long-term reputation and prestigious location attracts some of the country’s favourite culinary and wine aficionados, legends and emerging culinary talent to its door. We can confirm the likes of 2018 MasterChef alumni and renowned DJ and Melbourne personality, Khanh Ong; award-winning celebrity pastry chef Anna Polyviou; Taste of Australia and Family Food Fight star Hayden Quinn; chef, restaurateur, television personality George Calombaris and good friend, fellow former judge of MasterChef Australia, restaurateur traveller and author Gary Mehigan. Local stars include Matt Golinski and Peter Kuruvita with many more to come!

The Long Lunches sold out in 15 minutes and event organisers are feverishly sifting through the various options and opportunities for homegrown events in many of Noosa’s favourite venues as well as locking in guest chefs, growers and producers for what is shaping up to be a delicious and decadent celebration. 

Eat, love, devour, learn, laugh, and cry with delight at extraordinary events in magical places during the Noosa Eat & Drink Festival. Subscribe to receive the latest information and for first-release tickets.


Thursday 30 May to Sunday 2 June 2024 

Where: Festival Village, Noosa Woods end of Hastings Street, Noosa Main Beach plus numerous restaurants and venues

Free Buses: incl Go Noosa Park & Ride

Enquiries: [email protected]

Note: Unless otherwise stated, book direct for restaurants and venue events

Keep up to date: incl new event announcements, bookings for general admission, VIP Lounge & Beach Events: www.noosaeatdrink.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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