10 tips for a great Noosa Food & Wine
The beach tipis are up, the sun is shining, the kitchens are buzzing and the wine is chilling as Noosa Food & Wine 2016 gets under way, with more than 50 of Australia’s best chefs in town from Friday 20 May to Sunday 22 May for more than 40 events.
Here's our top 10 tips to enjoy Noosa Food & Wine this weekend!
1. What to wearBe comfortable! It’s Noosa casual style – dress up if you like, although high heels are a no-no for the beach tipi events as these are on the sand – flat shoes are recommended and sandals are perfect, especially if they’ve got little jewels and sparkles!
If you want to go barefoot in the sand you can leave your shoes (at your own risk) at a shoe check-in near the entrance to the beach tipis. But make sure you remember to collect them on your way out.
The temperature has dropped a little in the evenings so pack a light wrap or jacket.
The Noosa Street Feast Long Lunch on Hastings Street and special dinners at restaurants with visiting chefs are a chance to dress up if you like, but it’s not compulsory.
The You’re Better on Beef Barbecue by the River, presented by Noosa Boathouse will be pretty casual, so come as you are – and don’t forget your sunscreen and hat.
We’re all about relaxing here in Noosa so whatever you do – be comfortable and have fun!
2. ParkingAll-day parking is available in Lions Park near Hastings Street, Noosa Heads this Saturday and Sunday from 9am-6pm at a cost of $10 per car per day. It will be operated by Tewantin Noosa Lions Club and all proceeds from the car parking will go to charity.
Car parking is also available in Noosa Junction which is a short walk over the hill to Hastings Street and restaurants.
3. Getting aroundNo need to drive – many of the events are within walking distance of most resorts, so take in some fresh air.
If you’re staying near Noosa River, jump on the Noosa Ferry, with 7 stops between Hastings Street, Noosa Sound, Gympie Terrace and Noosa Marina – they’ve got most of the restaurants and venues covered. One-stop ($5), half way ($8), one way ($15.50) and all day ($22.50) passes are available, 7 days a week. Ph 5449 8442.
Noosa Water Taxi will pick you up and drop you off along the Noosa River, between Sheraton Noosa; Settler’s Cove Jetty; Quamby Place; Noosa Sound; Noosaville or your waterfront accommodation. It holds up to 11 passengers and costs $10 one way per person. Ph 0411 136 810.
Or cruise in style on your way to one of the events on a Noosa Gondola. Ph 0411 136 810.
Public buses cover the Noosa region 7 days a week, see translink.com.au for timetables or phone 13 12 30.
Suncoast Cabs cover the Sunshine Coast region – phone 131 008 or book online.
Private limousine and group charters are available in Noosa – call the Noosa Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 NOOSA for information.
4. Tell us what you’re up toWe’d love to see how you’re enjoying Noosa Food & Wine 2016 so make sure you share you great Noosa Food & Wine photos on social media with us:
5. Look like a chef!Grab your very own Noosa Food & Wine 2016 apron (in black or white) for only $20 each – available online or at the Noosa Visitor Information Centre in Hastings Street during the event!
6. Meet the talentSome of Australia’s best chefs are in Noosa this weekend so don’t be surprised if you run into the likes of Pete Evans, Luke Mangan, Massimo Mele, Alistair McLeod, Frank Camorra, Ben O'Donoghue or Nick Holloway.
Apart from their menus at restaurants around town, you will also have the chance to see them in action at free and low-cost events:
- Nick Holloway from Nu Nu, Richard Ousby from Stokehouse, Ben Williamson from Gerard's Bistro and Cameron Mathews from The Long Apron will be at Noosa Farmers Market, Weyba Rd, Noosaville on Sunday, 8-11am for cooking demonstrations as they meet the producers, growers and farmers – free entry.
- Matt Golinski, Alastair McLeod, Sunny Gilbert, Shane Bailey, and Sammy and Bella from MKR serve up their favourite sirloin dishes as Noosa Boathouse presents You're Better On Beef Barbecue by the River, Lions Park, Gympie Tce, Noosaville on Sunday, 11.30am-6pm. The chefs will be on stage from 1.30-2.30pm and you can vote for your favourite dish. There’s also live music, craft beer and great wine. Tickets are $15 each for entry pre-purchased until noon on Saturday or $25 at the gate and include 1 food or wine ticket. Further food and drink tickets are $8 each. All ages event, children 12 years and under are free.
- Get Up Close and Personal with Pete Evans and enjoy his amazing breakfast muffins over a discussion with him on his Paleo Way and finish with a Q&A session at The J in Noosa Heads on Saturday, 10am-noon, $95. Guests also receive Pete’s 10-week activation program, The Paleo Way valued at $149 included in the ticket price. Tickets available at the door.
- Gareth and Alex, the miner boys from MKR, Matt Golinski and Movida’s Frank Camorra will take part in cooking sensational Spanish tastes at Rococo’s Spanish Quarter on Friday from 3-9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11am-9pm in Hastings Street. It’s a street carnival for all the family with a paella kitchen, Spanish cheeses and wines, produce and small goods markets, fresh flower stall, jamon station and sangria bar. There’s also plenty of Spanish music – free entry.
7. Wine timeIf it’s wine you’re looking for, Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa in Hastings Street is hosting some great wine events – whether you just want to taste or want to learn from the masters.
Sip wine from 20 of Australia’s best wineries at the Wine Tasting Quarter on Saturday, noon to 5pm – free entry. Wine tokens are $3 for 3 tastings or $6 a glass.
Become a Champagne expert at the Champagne Masterclass on Sunday, 2-3.30pm, presented by Bernadette O’Shea and Ken Gargett. Ticket $120 includes two champagne plus a plate of food samples paired with the Champagnes. Caviar leads the canapes list and the Champagnes include:
- Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut
- Pol Roger Brut Réserve en magnum
- Ruinart Brut Blanc de blancs
- Louis Roederer vintage 2008
- Jacquart Brut Rosé
8. Bring the familyPlenty of events this weekend are family-friendly:
- Sample local ‘Flava’ at the Noosa Junction Twilight Market in Arcadia St with food stalls, free tastings with sweet treats from Sweet Tempered Chocolateria and Fiona’s Fancies, the Lawdy Miss Claudie vintage caravan hair salon from Hairhouse Warehouse with complimentary mini-makeovers and styling, and live music from Harii Bandhu, Fri 5-9pm, free entry
- The Surfers Versus Chefs Breakfast presented by taste.com.au on Main Beach on Sunday morning is sold out but you can still watch all the surfing action for free as surfing chefs take on some of Noosa’s best surfers, 6.30-10am
- Bring all the family as Noosa Boathouse presents You're Better on Beef BBQ by the River, Sunday 22 May, 11am-6pm, Lions Park, Gympie Tce, Noosaville. There's great food, wine, craft beer and live music and kids 12 and under admitted free. See cooking demos from chefs Matt Golinski, Alastair McLeod, Shane Bailey, Sunny Gilbert and Sammy and Bella from MKR as they serve up their favourite sirloin dishes. Music from Carl Wockner and Honey. Tickets $15 pre-purchase at noosafoodwinefestival.com.au before noon this Sat, or $25 at the door (includes 1 food or drink ticket). Further food/drink tickets $8 each.
- Rococo’s Spanish Quarter all weekend, as mentioned above, is a street carnival for all the family, in Hastings Street on Friday (3-9pm), and Saturday and Sunday (11am-9pm). If you live Spanish food, produce, drinks and musis, this is the place to be!
- As mentioned above, local and visiting chefs will do cooking demonstrations at Noosa Farmers Market, Weyba Rd, Noosaville on Sunday, 8-11am as they meet the producers, growers and farmers – free entry. See Nick Holloway from Nu Nu, Richard Ousby from Stokehouse, Ben Williamson from Gerard's Bistro and Cameron Mathews from The Long Apron.
9. Top events (if you don’t already have a ticket)Noosa Boathouse presents You're Better On Beef Barbecue by the River
WHEN: Sunday 22 May, 11.30am-6pm
WHERE: Lions Park, Gympie Tce, Noosaville
COST: Tickets $15 for entry pre-purchase until noon on Saturday or $25 at the gate and include 1 food or wine ticket. Further food and drink tickets are $8 each. All ages event, children 12 years and under are free.
WHO: Chefs Matt Golinski, Alastair McLeod, Sunny Gilbert and Shane Bailey, and Sammy and Bella from MKR serve up their favourite sirloin dishes – on stage from 1.30-2.30pm
MORE: Food, wine, craft beer and live music from Carl Wockner and Honey
Up Close and Personal with Pete Evans
WHEN: Saturday 21 May, 10am-noon
WHERE: The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
COST: $95 (includes breakfast muffin, coconut water and Pete’s 10-week activation program, The Paleo Way valued at $149). Tickets available at the door.
WHO: Chef Pete Evans
MORE: Join the discussion with Pete on his Paleo Way and finish with a Q&A session.
Rococo’s Spanish Quarter – La esquina española
WHEN: Friday 20 May 3-9pm, Saturday 21 May and Sunday 22 May 11am-9pm
WHERE: Rococo Restaurant and on the street, Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
COST: Free entry
WHO: Gareth and Alex, the miner boys from MKR; Matt Golinski; Frank Camorra from Movida
MORE: Savour the tastes, sounds and life of a Spanish village at this family-friendly street carnival with a paella kitchen, Spanish cheeses and wines, produce and small goods markets, fresh flower stall, jamon station and sangria bar. There’s also plenty of Spanish music
Noosa Junction Twilight Market
WHEN: Friday 20 May, 5-9pm
WHERE: Arcadia Street, Noosa Junction
COST: Free entry
WHO: Local food stalls, artisans
MORE: Free tastings with sweet treats from Sweet Tempered Chocolateria and Fiona’s Fancies, mini-makeovers and styling in the Lawdy Miss Claudie vintage caravan hair salon, live music from Harii Bandhu
La Fiesta party at Miss Moneypenny’s
WHEN: Friday 20 May from 7pm
WHERE: Miss Moneypenny’s, Hastings Street
WHO: La Fiesta Sound System
MORE: Keep on partying on opening night with music from La Fiesta Sound System, a complimentary Aperol Spritz cocktail on arrival (7-8pm) and roaming complimentary pizzas 8-9pm. Tickets at www.noosafoodandwine.com.au
Havana Nights Noosa Food & Wine After Party
WHEN: Sunday 22 May from 8pm
WHERE: Miss Moneypenny’s, Hastings Street
COST: Free entry
MORE: Wrap up the weekend at the after-party with live music, complimentary Havana Club Mojitos on arrival (8-9pm) and complimentary roaming pizza.
10. Full moon over NoosaThis Sunday 22 May is a full moon so make sure you enjoy the gorgeous light on the water, by the river, on the beach or over the lakes. The sunsets have also been gorgeous lately and there are plenty of perfect spots to enjoy them.
The Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa River Lounge, off the main lobby behind Hastings Street is the place to enjoy a glass of Champagne with a perfectly matched tapa while enjoying a stunning Noosa River sunset and live entertainment daily (free entry):
- Friday 20 May, 4-7pm and 8-11pm, Andrea Kirwin plays soul, funk and “island roll”.
- Saturday 21 May, 4-7pm, Andrew Lawson plays pop, rock, soul, jazz and alternative.
- Sunday 22 May, 2-5pm, Andrew Lawson is back again with his popular covers and gorgeous voice.