Taste sensations at Noosa Food & Wine Festival

 The Festival Village at this year’s Noosa Food & Wine Festival is happening Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May in the Noosa Lions Park with the beautiful Noosa waterways as a backdrop.  Here’s everything you need to know about the all new Festival Village.

Festival Village Tickets $35 now or $40 at the gate. Included in your Festival Village Pass is Entry to the Festival Village, Entry to the Pimm’s Garden Party, Access to the Chef’s Skills Table, Taste of Noosa, Entry to the Courier Mail Producers Pavilion, Entry to the Asahi Super Dry, Craft Beer & Cider Corner, Live Cooking Demonstrations, Live Music, Complimentary Festival stemless wine polycarb glass, Complimentary glass of wine by Xanadu Margaret River or tasting of Asahi Soukai each day from 10am to 3pm for customers aged 18 and over. Tickets at www.noosafoodandwine.com.au

TASTE OF NOOSA:– Delicious food from Noosa Restaurants:

  • Pork Chimichanga – View By Matt Golinski $10 
  • Baja Fish Taco -Village Bicycle $7
  • Voodoo Burger – Village Bicycle $12
  • Mooloolaba Prawn Toast -Sum Yung Guys $9 
  • Salmon Tartare – Sum Yung Guys $12
  • The Classic Bombetta – Bombetta Noosa $8
  • Braised Beef Cheek Gnocchi – Bombetta Noosa $10
  • Snapper And Chips – Boardwalk Bistro On Hastings $15
  • Calamari And Chips – Boardwalk Bistro On Hastings $15
  • Duck Buns – Embassy Xo $10
  • Wagyu + Mushroom Dumplings – Embassy Xo $12
  • Apple Tea Smoked Chicken Salad – Acuri $8
  • Traditional Welsh Cakes (Bakestones) With Cinnamon Sugar, Homemade Bramble Jam, Orange Blossom Cream – Acuri $8
  • Expresso – Colombia Buenos Aires W Pavlova – Padre Coffee $12
  • Espresso – Daddy’s Girl W Choc Cake – Padre Coffee $12
  • Filter – Gesha Catellon W Apricot Orange Cake – Padre Coffee – $12


What’s a food and wine festival without great wine? Some of Australia’s best wineries will be in the Festival Village including Cape Mentelle, Cloudy Bay, Chandon, Chandon S, Clairault I Streicker Wines, Dal Zotto, De Iuliis Wines, Devil’s Corner, Hill-Smith Family Wines, Hollick Estates, Innocent Bystander, Ocean Eight Winery, Pizzini Wines, Polperro Wines, Sharmans Wines, Shaw + Smith, Turkey Flat Vineyards, Irvine Estate, Veuve Clicquot, Wairau River Wines, Yabby Lake, Yering Station and Xanadu Wines.


Together with Asahi Super Dry, the 2018 Festival welcomes a craft beer and cider corner with some of the region’s best craft brewers in action. Beers and cider include Asahi Super Dry, 4 Pines Brewing Co, Balter Brewing, Brick Lane Brewing Co, Eumundi Brewery, Hawkers Beer and Stone & Wood.


Meet some of the finest artisan producers from the Noosa region and around Australia and enjoy samples and the opportunity to purchase their products.   The Courier Mail Producers Pavilion will include a range of producers including : Bare Nuts, Big Heart Bamboo, Brookies Gin, Buderim Ginger & Nutworks, Cobram Estate, Coyo Yoghurt, Gympie Gold Regional Produce, Happy Pops, Hum Honey, Kenilworth Cheese, Kokedama, Kokopod, Meredith Dairies, Padre Coffee, Pomodoras Balsamic Dressings & Walter’s Artisan Produce, Social T Green tea, Ugly Duck Preserves, Voodoo Bacon and Woombye Cheese.


The Producers Pavilion will also feature the Chef’s Skills Table MC’d by Queensland Taste Editor, Anooska Tucker-Evans. The Chef’s Skills Table sessions feature a range of chefs including Colin Fassnidge, Matt Wilkinson, Miguel Maestre, Kirsten Tibballs, Alanna Sapwell, Adam D’Sylva, Zack Furst, Brendon Barker, Charley Snadden-Wilson, Jordan Toft and Will and Steve from the Butcher and the Farmer.


Olsson’s Salts are presenting an interesting range of masterclasses from some of Australia’s best chefs, producers and winemakers. These exclusive masterclasses are a ticketed item and are only accessible with Festival Village tickets.


Padre Coffee Masterclass – 10.30am $20 

Wasabi Noosa & Kin Kin Native Honey Smoking With The Locals Masterclass – 11.30am $20 

Giovanni Pilu And Bottarga Pilu Masterclass – 12.30pm $20 

Matt Wilkinson Uses Olsson’s Salts At Home Masterclass – 1.30pm $20 

Cape Mentelle – Quintessential Margaret River Masterclass – 2.30pm $30

Chandon – Exploring the Colour in Blanc de Blancs – 5.30pm – Festival Village $40

SUNDAY 20 MAY        

Jaci Koludrovic And Salty Sweets Masterclass 10.30am $20 

Chardonnay and Pinot: A Shaw + Smith Masterclass – 2.30pm $30

Taste of the Orient with Adam D’Sylva Masterclass – 3.30pm $20

Kirsten Tibballs Dessert Delights Masterclass – 4.30pm $20 

Happy Hour – Brookies Salty Gin Sour Masterclass – 5.30pm $20


Some of Australia best chefs will present cooking demos on the Main Stage including Miguel Maestre, Colin Fassnidge, Matt Sinclair, Paul Carmichael, Alessandro Pavoni, Giovanni Pilu, Matt Golinksi, Matt Stone, Zack Furst, Jo Barrett and Matt Wilkinson.


Located in the heart of the Festival Village under the beautiful Sperry Tent, the Pimm’s Garden Party is everything you would expect from Pimm’s. A stylish space complete with various seating options (the perfect zone to people watch) and of course delicious drinks from Pimm’s!


Enjoy a line-up of performers across two stages from early afternoon through
to dusk, including DJs and bands Tijuana Cartel, Koi Boys, Funk N Stuff, The Most and more.


  • The Festival Village will open Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May from 10am – 8pm.
  • The Festival Village is an all-weather event
  • Getting to the Festival Village is easy – thanks to the Noosa Food & Wine Festival Bus roaming between 9.30am and 8.30pm from the Noosa Transit Centre and The J in Noosa Junction to the Noosa Lions Park every half hour!
  • The Festival Village is a cashless event so bring your debit card, credit card, phone (with mobile wallet enabled) and get ready to ‘tap & go’. Every restaurant, winery and producer will onlytake payment with a Visa, MasterCard or Amex debit or credit card or your smart phone with ‘tap & go’ functionality.

For the full program and to purchase event tickets see www.noosafoodandwine.com.au

PHOTO: Morgan Roberts Photography, courtesy of Tourism Noosa

Meet camp oven cooking guru at Relish Festival

Camp oven cooking guru Ranger Nick will be one of the special guests at this year’s Relish Food and Wine Festival on June 2 in Queensland’s Heritage City of Maryborough.

Another fantastic addition to this year’s festival is a Gin Joint in the basement of the historic Bond Store where visitors will be able to taste various gin cocktails while watching a spicy burlesque performance.

Ranger Nick, whose appearance has been sponsored by Hervey Bay RV lifestyle community Latitude 25, will show visitors how to cook an amazing tasty meal using a camp oven and a small fire pit.

Relish organiser Robyn Peach, of Fraser Coast Tourism and Events, said Ranger Nick would join leading local chefs, including 2013 My Kitchen Rules winners Dan and Steph Mulheron, in showcasing the Fraser Coast region’s finest local produce.

She said festival goers would be able to dig into mouth-watering locally caught seafood, homegrown macadamia nuts and gourmet cheeses matched with awarding-winning wines and some of the finest craft beers from across south-east Queensland.

“Meet our local growers and makers, who love to share the fruits of their work, and our talented chefs who are passionate about providing the unmistakable stamp of our region in every dish,” Mrs Peach said.

“The immensely popular Relish Long Lunch is back again this year along with the Bubbles on the Boat cruises on the tranquil Mary River.”

She said the day of indulgence was set against the backdrop of the beautiful Portside Precinct among heritage streetscapes, Mary River parklands and the Mary River.

The jam-packed program includes a workshop at Gatakers Artspace to reveal the secrets of making sheets of botanical paper derived from common garden plants such as ginger, onion skins and turmeric.

And Kenilworth Dairies is promising some udderly delicious and nutritious tastings and hands-on masterclass workshops including one on how to make delicious dips using yoghurt.

“Livening up the atmosphere further will be rhythm and blues soul artist Doug Williams – a contestant on The Voice in 2014,” Mrs Peach said.

“Local favourite, the nine-piece band Soul City will also be performing throughout the day.”

The annual event began in 2012 and continues to promote and celebrate the Fraser Coast’s regional produce and food industry while allowing locals the chance to experience the breadth of local culinary offerings and giving people outside of the region a tasty excuse to visit.

General entry is $10 for those who buy tickets online or at the Visitor Information Centres in Hervey Bay and Maryborough ahead of the event or $15 at the gate, while the prices for the long lunch, cruise, cooking classes and gin joint can be found at relishfrasercoast.com.au.

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Stopover in Western Australia


Qantas is now flying daily direct on the Perth – London route and people are making the most of the new service to take some time out and explore Western Australia.

For Australian passengers travelling to or from other parts of the country on the direct route, Qantas is offering a Perth stopover with no additional stopover fee, depending on fare type.

This is a fantastic way to break up the journey and see more than just Perth.

Only an hour south of the capital by train or car, Mandurah and the Peel Region showcases the best of everything that WA is renowned for including stunning beaches and waterways, unrivalled seafood, world-recognised golf courses, spectacular views, history and culture, wineries, breweries, shopping and adventure.

Mandurah is Western Australia’s largest and fastest growing regional city and is set against a backdrop of magnificent beaches and an estuary twice the size of Sydney Harbour.

It has recently been named Western Australia’s Top Tourism Town and is the perfect base to take day trips to explore the wider Peel Region. In an easy half hour drive you’ll find beautiful wineries, breweries, winding waterways, rolling green hills and tiny timber towns nestled in the forest.

Mandurah and the Peel Region is home to one of Australia’s healthiest dolphin populations which you spot on a dolphin cruise or while dining in one of the many waterfront restaurants.

Seafood lovers will rejoice in the number of dining options available from the great Mandurah tradition of a picnic fish and chips on the newly refurbished foreshore to ‘catch and cook’ cruises featuring blue manna crabs, native to Mandurah waters, and rock lobster.

If you enjoy a spot of fishing, you’re sure to land a catch in the Peel Region.

Mandurah boasts Western Australia’s own modern Venice, with a network of canals featuring luxury homes. You can hire a boat and cruise them yourself or join an organised tour.

If it’s a holiday with a difference you’re after, Mandurah is the only place near Perth you can hire a houseboat. Completely unwind and take in the views while slowly meandering down the Murray River or Peel-Harvey-Estuary for days at a time.

Travel Facts

Getting there

Mandurah is less than an hour south of Perth. When driving, travel the Kwinana freeway south, easily accessible from many points in Perth, and exit at Mandjoogoordap Drive. Trains and buses operate between the two cities and depart from the Perth city centre. www.transperth.wa.gov.au

Staying there

Mandurah and the Peel Region has a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. There is a choice of resort hotels, caravan and camping facilities, charming bed and breakfast accommodation, self-contained apartments, forest cabins and even houseboats for hire.

Getting around

Buses operate around Mandurah, but if you want to explore the Peel Region extensively you can hire a car or join a tour. Taxis and Uber drivers are also available in Mandurah.

When to go

The Peel Region can be visited any time of the year. Being on the coast, it’s spectacular in spring and in summer. But during winter, the scenery is amazing. You can find something to do all year around.

Further Information on Mandurah and the Peel Region visit www.visitpeel.com.au