Guys, the event that brings thousands and thousands of foodies to our slice of paradise is just around the corner.
And today, tickets to this year’s Noosa Food & Wine go on sale! Spread lavishly over four days from May 18 to May 21, this annual event brings together Australia’s best chefs, wineries and food producers, with a special focus on the Sunshine Coast too!
There’ll be two festival villages—Noosa Main Beach and The Woods—as well as local restaurants around Noosa hosting visiting chefs and exclusive dinners. With over 70 events to choose from, you’d best be having a good squiz over the festival program and go in to bat for your tickets, stat.
To help point you in the right direction—we’d be reading up on the infamous Hastings Long Lunch, where all the restaurants come together to create a foodie’s dream. Another event we’d be keeping our eyes on is The French Saloon On The Beach, a fine-dining pop-up complete with matched wines created by Ian Curley from Melbourne’s one-hat restaurant, French Saloon.
Then, there’s the more wallet-friendly tickets (just over $30) to the Woods and Wine Produce Village, where you can taste your way from stall to stall or, if you’re after something super exclusive, head over to Sir Richard Branson’s Makepeace Island for a total wine and dine experience, hosted by Matt Skinner and with food by Matt Stone and Jo Barrett.
We’ve saved the best till last. The crème de la crème at NFW 2017 has got to be nabbing tickets to The Ultimate Glamping and Noosa Festival Experience. Yes, it’s pricey and it’s something you’ll probably only do once in your life, but if you consider yourself a real-deal foodie, this package is THE ONE. You’ll stay in beautiful glamping tents at Maravista Farm in Boreen Point and gain access to a bunch of luxe festival events—including the opening and closing cocktail parties, a chef’s table dinner at Ricky’s, the Hastings Street Long Lunch, plus a handful of dinner and brekkie experiences at the farm. Trust us, if we had a stash of cash, we’d be laying it down on this baby.
We’re beyond lucky to live where we do and it’s easy to take what we have—the farms, the restaurants, the markets—for granted. Just thinking about this event though, and scrolling through the program, it hits home how special the Sunshine Coast really is.