You better get a wiggle on if you've been thinking about the The Noosa International Food & Wine Festival which runs from May 15 - 18, 2014. The biggest festival of the season, celebrating Queensland and Australia's most spectacular food on one of the prettiest beaches has already kicked off ticket sales. Some of the most popular events have already sold out! (nostalgic Sixties beach party, the Asian Food Trail) but there's plenty of tickets available to the rest of the festival.
With your own two bedroom free standing "Beach House" at The Hastings Beach Houses you can live like a local while staying for the festival. All the beach houses are individually furnished, air conditioned and fully self contained with fully equipped kitchens, not that you’ll be using them during the festival. They also feature spacious living and dining areas that each open onto a private balcony. Ideal for entertaining friends and guests while in Noosa.
The great degustation is a really big feature of this year’s festival and there are several opportunities to enjoy a meal that in simple terms can only be described as a train of small courses cleverly designed and cooked to complement each other, with each course accompanied by complimentary wines or beer matches.
A lunch in the festival village marquee on the beach brings together the state's top chefs for a degustation lunch - Philip Johnson, Matt Golinski matched with Queensland wines. If you've missed out on the local trail tour this is the relaxed way to sample the region's tastes for a mere A$135.
Or how about the Westpac Premier International Degustation: $495 gets you the festival grand slam including San Pellegrino Top 50 chefs - David Thompson of Nahm, Thailand - plus London's Bruno Loubet and Alvin Leung of Hong Kong's Bo Innovation; or the Netanya Premier eight-course degustation with e'cco's Philip Johnson, Justin North and Cutler & Cos' Andrew McConnell.Or how about sampling tastes from around the world - on the beach, with a sunset seafood feast. Not exactly a degustation, but a an amazing array of courses… in seafood. Jim Berardo hosts seven of Aussie's hottest Italian chefs (including Guy Grossand Massimo Mele, for one wonderful sunset feast at Noosa's National Park, MCd by the larger-than-life Maria Venuti (A$295). This gastronomic event matches food with Japanese Asahi beer and cider, Aussie bush barbecue, the best French Champagnes and then some great, local seafood and produce. This is just the merest sampling of what's in store for The Noosa International Food & Wine Festival. To take a closer look at the program please jump over to the festival site. To book your accommodation right next to the action, please click here. Hurry now as bookings for the Festival and accommodation fill fast for this very popular Noosa event.