Food Bites

It's a wrap! What's hot and happening in Noosa's foodie scene.

by @JohnCaruso on Wednesday, 08 Jun, 2016

For a while there it looked like May was going to be bereft of a food and wine celebration howeverTourism Noosa, local restaurateurs and community groups stepped in to save the bacon!Noosa Food & Wine 2016 delivered a wonderful weekend of amazing food, wine and lifestyle events - 40 in total with 50 chefs and 22 wineries involved. The fresh new look for 2016 featured a stunning tipi from local companyTipi Luxe on Noosa Main Beach. The structure hosted signature events each evening with different themes – from the opening cocktail party to the Spanish-inspired Saturday night and the full moon Asian flavours farewell party on Sunday evening. The weekend featured sell-out events in restaurants across Noosa fromPitchfork in Peregian to theRump House in Tewantin and restaurants in between.Slow Food Noosa kickstarted the festivities on Thursday with itsFood Safari offering the chance to get up close and personal with local producers includingCooloola Berries,Kin Kin Native Bees,Eumundi Beef,Tamworth Flyers Pork andMelsted Park Chickens. A highlight was the lunch atKin Kin General Store prepared by local chef and farmerJodie Williamsof Black Ant Gourmet and a tour of theKin Kin State School’s award-winningStephanie Alexander School Kitchen Garden where the kids grow, harvest and prepare food as part of their education. TheWine Tasting Quarter at theSheraton Noosa proved popular with tastings, classes and theQueen of Champagne, Bernadette O’Shea. TheLong Lunch saw Hastings St come alive and the town was abuzz with celebrity chefs and local legends cooking up a storm together. Let’s hope that this lays the foundation for a solid event in 2017.

PARTY CENTRAL

Still riding high after the fantastic Better on Beef – BBQ by the River event featuringMatt Golinski,Alastair McLeodandShane Bailey and more as part of Noosa Food and Wine,Phil and Sarah Bradford fromNoosa Boathouse are cooking up even more events to encourage locals and visitors to experience fun foodie events on the Noosa River.

As part of Good Food Month, Noosa Boathouse will be setting up aFloating Street Food Market on Sunday 17 July at 12 noon. The roaming lunchtime street market feast will let you wander through the transformed market place, stopping at a variety of street market stalls while taking in the water views. Along with ChefShane Bailey’s delicious Asian inspired street food, there will be craft beer, wine and cocktails available to wash down one dish and onto the next. Linger for the chilled out afternoon tunes with the bar staying open until late. Tickets are $49 per person which includes six street food tokens.

Why not make Noosa Boathouse your second home and join the crew for Christmasin July with good food, good wine and good friends. The three-course Christmas Feast is only $49.50 per person with two sittings on Saturday 23 July for lunch from 12-3pm; or dinner from 7pm till late. Limited tickets are available for both events and must be pre purchased online atnoosaboathouse.com.au/events

Solace in the Solstice

Organika and Slow Food Noosa are hosting an organic winter solstice on 21 June with the best hand-picked food and wine to showcase the variety of organic, preservative free, gluten free, vegan and biodynamic products. Owners Gayle and David Rogers, along with producers will share their passion and insights into their range with tastings of cheese, dips, bread, olives from producers including Rosnay wines, olive oils, fig paste and tapenade; Dejavu wines including Kalleske, Gem Stone and Seed; Walters Breads; and Byron Bay cheeses. The fundraiser starts at 6pm and is $25 for Slow Food members and $30 for guests. Discover new products and meet new friends on the shortest day of the year! Other upcoming events include a spring picnic on 28 August with Sunshine, Strawberries and Paella on a Plate at Cooloola Berries. More information at www.slowfoodnoosa.com

Madmegs + Co

Madmegs has moved out of home and is sporting a fresh new menu and new menu at its new location on Gympie Terrace, next toLittle Humid. Originally named after the daughters (Madison and Megan) ofDamir and Maria Mikletic,the new Madmegs + Co welcomes ex-Sirocco chefEmmett Malone and wifeLorraineto the table. With an expanded menu, opening hours and an ongoing commitment to being family friendly, it’s worth checking out. Just try to resist the sweets cabinet with Maria’s home-baked goodies!

Sirocco sellout

Meanwhile Sirocco’s new chef, Alethea Timms, is now busy preparing to deliver a new menu after the success of three sellout events acrossNoosa Food & Wine.A nice easy introduction to the

Belmondos

If Pete Evan’s recent trip to Noosa inspired you to change your ways,Eumundi Meats,located in BelmondosOrganic Market, provides Grass Fed Beef that is Paleo-approved byThe Paleo Foundation which provides a guarantee to customers they are getting the real deal! Next door, you can treat yourself to some pure goodness withVanilla Food. Nillas’ treats are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free; their new paleo muffins are available every day and their Matcha brownies are delicious!

WINTER WARMERS

Quamby Place has always been a foodie’s corner with award-winning restaurants located on the beautiful Noosa River. It’s about to get warmer in winter with Rickys and Wood Fire Grill adding some nice winter warmers to the menus. From Rickys, try the local grilled seafood, potato, smoked crème fraiche, tomato & crayfish consommé; or fall in love with Wood Fire Grill’s Half Roasted Duck, Artichoke Puree, Cavalo Nero, Poached Grapes & Blackberry Jus. Don’t forget the Sunday Family BBQ for $60 per family share plate with two sides and free activities for the kids!

DOWN ON THE CORNER

Thomas Corner Eatery is offering a bottle of FREE wine (white or red) when any two main meals are ordered from the a la carte menu during June. The offer is available Monday to Friday from 5.30pm. Take advantage of it when you try the new menu which features warming dishes such as parmesan and sage gnocchi, baby artichokes, champignons with black truffle oil; or braised lamb shoulder, baby turnips, thyme, pancetta with mint gremolata. Lunch favourites include the saffron linguette, local prawn, chilli, shallots and lemon zest followed by the ever-popular pulled pork burger, apple coleslaw, bbq sauce, salted fries. You can match it with your favourite wine as Thomas Corner now offers BYO wine for lunch and dinner. Corkage is $10 per bottle with a maximum of three bottles.

BIG SCREEN LITTLE STARS

Justin and Michelle Warrick from Little Cove Coffee are still riding the high from their time filming ABC2’sSurfing the Menu,Next Generation withDan Churchill andHayden Quinn. The episode aired on 22 May and coincided with Little Cove offering signed copies ofSurfing the Menu,Next Generation for sale. On another channel, staff memberMatt Sinclair is still going strong onMasterchef so stay tuned to see how far he can go. While you’re dropping in to collect your caffeine hit, why not consider giving your garden a shot by collecting the used coffee grounds or purchasing the hessian coffee bags? It’s all part of the couple’s commitment to reusing and reducing waste.

BACKYARD DISCOVERY

While researching local roasters and all things coffee, we discovered a coffee plantation right in our own backyard!Noosa Black Coffee is a small family farm and is the only commercial coffee grower in the Noosa hinterland producing a 'single origin' Arabica coffee. According toTraecy and Peter Hinner, “single origin coffees are much like wines and have a distinctive and unique flavour that - like wines - may not be to everyone’s taste and reflects various characteristics of our valley and our valley alone – we like to think of it as the ‘Grange of Kin Kin’.” After a decade or more of hard work getting these beans grown and harvested, they recently took their products to Australia's largest coffee awards expo in Melbourne. The signature coffee is ‘Noosa Black’ and is produced as a medium roast. They also have small supplies of Peaberry Coffee, featuring rich tones of Chocolate and Hazelnut. You can visit the Kin Kin farm, purchase atKin Kin General Store,IGA Pomona and IGA Cooroy or buy online atwww.noosacoffee.com.

SUNDAY SESSION
The party continues for Mooshka after celebrating their 3rd birthday recently. The Sunshine Beach hangout is offering a cool way to end the weekend with a DJ serving up cool winter tunes from 3pm every Sunday in conjunction with their $5 menu.

FLUX

The winter menu at Flux will be 60% new and designed for good old fashioned sharing. Head ChefAnthony Lewis believes the Bonito-crumbed prawns with flying fish roe, sea urchin butter and micro herbs will be a hit with other stand-out dishes including: Seared scallops with paprika cashew cream, cucumber salsa and pistachio fairy floss; Chilli plum lamb ribs with dried pineapple, watercress and mint salad; and Bloody Mary poached snapper with cherry tomatoes, shaved fennel, capers, celery puff stick and micro herbs.

BEEF & BURGUNDY

Since opening at Easter, the steak specialists at Squires Loft have been kept busy with meat lovers and vegetarians alike. They recently hosted the local Beef and Burgundy club to rave reviews and launch Monday night as locals night with BYO wine for $4 corkage per head. Don’t miss the next IN Noosa Magazine wine lunch with a “beef and burgundy” theme at Squires Loft on Friday 12 August. The four-course menu is$75 per person and includes matching wines byLaine Kerrison fromNaked Bunch Wines – or you might know him as the sommelier from Wasabi Restaurant. Bookings are essential on 5447 1009. Visitwww.innoosamagazine.com.au for the full menu.

DISCONNECT FOR A DRINK!

My Place at Coolum has come up with a novel idea to force diners to be in the moment and not on their device – trade in your electronic friend for a free drink! Customers can hand in their devices (phones, tablets, ipads and laptops) for a complimentary beverage to wash away the pain of being disconnected – and to ensure that they are busy enjoying the reasons why they came – the food, drinks, company and the views.

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