Food & Dining

Noosa Food & Wine Festival 2019

  • Written by Susan Ewington

The Noosa Food & Wine Festival is happening again 16-20 May 2019 and whether you are looking for beachfront brunches, dinners with celebrity chefs, live cooking demonstrations, hinterland trail experiences or a party under the stars, the 2019 program has it all.  

Visiting Chefs include Alanna Sapwell, Alastair McLeod, Alastair Waddell, Alessandro Pavoni, Alla Wolf-Tasker, Antony Page, Bruno Loubet, Ben O'Donoghue, Christine Manfield, Clayton Donovan, Colin Fassnidge, Evan Hayter, Federico Zanellato, Gabriele Taddeucci, Giovanni Pilu, Glen Barrett, Imogen Czulowski, Jessi McEwan, Jo Barrett, Jock Zonfrillo, John Rivera, Khanh Nguyen, Katrina Ryan,  Luca Ciano, Manu Feildel,  Mark McAllister, Matt Moran, Matt Wilkinson, Max Sharrad, Natasha Burnett, Neil Perry, Nick Holloway, Paul Carmichael, Paul West, Peter Hardwick, Peter Kuruvita, Richard Ousby, Ronni Kahn, Scott Pickett, Thi Le, Tony Percuoco, Travis McCauley and Victor Moya.

For the full program and tickets head to www.noosafoodandwine.com.au

Program highlights include:

Hastings Street's Newest Event:

Noir Noosa on Hastings Street – presented by Moët& Chandon. Saturday 18 May. 6pm. $295.  Tickets to Noir Noosa will be available by ballot registration on the Festival website in January 2019.  

Celebrate Moët & Chandon Impérial's 150th Anniversary under the stars and glistening fairy lights of Hastings Street at Noosa Food & Wine Festival's new signature event, Noir Noosa. In ode to the era of Napoléon, this black-tie Gala Dinner will be a night to remember, as we transform Hastings Street into a glamourous and theatrical dinner celebration.

Noosa Main Beach Events:

Festival Opening Party. Friday 17 May, 5pm - 7pm. $95.  Join Italian aficionados and local favourite Noosa Waterfront Restaurant for the Festival Opening Party! We're talking two hours of Italian style - Ferrari Trento Sparkling, fresh local seafood, signature canapés and a grazing table filled to the brim with cheese and salumi.

Blush and Bubbles. Saturday  18 May 9.30am - 11.30am. $110. Kickstart your day with a blushing line-up of Moét Ice Rosé, champagne over ice, prawns, salmon, bruschetta, berries and all things pink. With live DJ tunes on the beach, this is a brunch not to be missed.

Club Crusoe. Saturday 18 May, 5pm. $195.For one night only, Rococo Bistro Noosa are bringing a Kakadu meets Cafe del Mar meets isles of the South Pacific beach party to the shores of Laguna Bay.  There'll be DJs and live music, dancing, sublime food, plentiful drink and of course, coconuts!

Beach Sundowner. Sunday 19 May,5pm. $150.Slip off your shoes, get your toes in the sand and join us for a beach BBQ to remember as we finish off our 2019 Festival with a bang! Bringing together some of Australia's best produce, PorkStars are joining us for the official 2019 Closing Party right on Noosa Main Beach.

Beyond the Beach Events:

The 2019 program includes a range of events offering visitors an opportunity to explore the hinterland including:

Modern Australia - Saturday 18 May.  12pm. $249. Escape beyond the beaches to the abundant Noosa Hinterland for a truly authentic lunch experience infused with the unique flavours of the Australian bush.  
Learn from the world's most ancient culture as you forage and dine with a new wave of modern food pioneers – Harvest Newrybar's Head Chef Alastair Waddell, Resident Forager and pioneer of the Australian Bushfood industry Peter Hardwick, Jaaning Tree's Clayton Donovan and your host and MC, Orana's Jock Zonfrillo.

Alastair's root to stem cooking philosophy along with his passion for wild and native ingredients perfectly complements Clayton Donovan's approach to menu design for this daytime gathering.  Drawing on native Australian ingredients and flavours indigenous to the Noosa Hinterland, coupled with local and regional ingredients, diners will join Peter for insightful conversation on foraging and learning first hand where their lunch flavours originated.  
Set on the ground of a local hinterland farm, curated in collaboration with Wasabi Noosa and supported by local producers and growers, this new addition to Noosa Food & Wine Festival is one not to be missed! 

The Underground Collective. Friday 17 May, 12pm. $249. 

Join The Underground Collective for a truly intimate and immersive experience of gastronomic discovery, alongside nationally acclaimed Alla Wolf-Tasker, Scott Pickett Matt Moran and Zeb Gilbert. Nestled in the foothills of a local Noosa farm and focusing on seasonal, small scale producers, this progressive lunch will highlight root vegetables and ingredients from the earth set to be in season.  Curated in collaboration with Wasabi Noosa, Alla, Scott, Matt and Zeb will share their love and admiration for great producers both local and across Australia, with plenty of shared feasting and conversations, MC hosted Q&As as well as captivating book readings and stories from the group. 

Taste of the Hinterland with Matt Wilkinson. Friday 17 May. 8am – 3.30pm. $195. Harvest your lunch on the farms you visit before sitting down to a feast with Matt Wilkinson and enjoy with matched wines. Stroll the market garden at The Falls Farm to see rare heirloom varieties before heading to Hinterland Feijoas where a long lunch will tantalize the taste buds.  

Under the Stars. Thursday  16 May.  6pm. $190. Join local farmers under the stars for a 4-course dinner in the rolling hills of the Noosa Country. Produced and prepared by locals using ingredients sourced from the Mary Valley, Gympie and Sunshine Coast; celebrate the flavours of the surrounding area accompanied by matched wines from nearby Dingo Creek. The night sky will be introduced by Wappa Falls Observatory, including a presentation, displays and an opportunity to gaze at the stars through high powered telescopes.  Enjoy this magical dinner under the stars and extend your visit with overnight accommodation at Amamoor Lodge.  

Exciting collaborations:

Grazie - Food with Gratitude. Friday 17 May. 7pm. $215

Join Food Fighter champion Ronni Kahn (OzHarvest) with friends for dinner at Locale as they share their appreciation of the entire ingredient and celebrate the end to end food cycle with gratitude. With an exciting menu designed and prepared by Giovanni Pilu, Alessandro Pavoni and Andy Davies, this dinner will creatively explore sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients in a respectful and delicious way.

Neil Perry's Blue Water Grill.  Sunday 19 May.11.30am. $250.

Neil Perry rewrote the blueprint for what a seafood restaurant should be with his 1986 restaurant Blue Water Grill in Bondi. Returning to Noosa Food & Wine, he'll join old friends Katrina Ryan, Peter Kuruvita and Andy Davies at Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita, showcasing a retrospective of the restaurant's greatest dishes with matched wines.

Dinner with Friends.  Saturday 18 May. 7pm. $185.

Join Matt Golinski and close friends Alastair McLeod, Glen Barrett and Manu Feildel, for a 4-course journey celebrating local produce, incredible wine and friendship! Matt, Alastair, Glen and Manu will demonstrate their talents whilst sharing their stories and food passions.

Festival Village. Saturday 18 May and Sunday 19May. 10am – 8pm. From $26.

The weekend long Festival Village is the heart of Noosa Food & Wine where you will find Noosa's latest and greatest restaurants serving up signature dishes, world-class chefs cooking up a storm live on stage, where you can get hands-on with interactive masterclasses and shop and taste from food and drink purveyors from across Australia.

For tickets and the full program head to www.noosafoodandwine.com.au

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