Wine me, dine me.

After a successful Noosa Food & Wine in 2016, the much-loved festival is set to return bigger, brighter and better than ever with a new look, new management team and refreshed focus. Deb Caruso finds out why.

by @JohnCaruso on Tuesday, 20 Dec, 2016

Noosa Food & Wine is one of the region’s most successful and popular events not only for locals but for the thousands of tourists who sip and savour their way through four days of feasting.

Last year, more than 50 of Australia’s best chefs showcased the region’s beautiful produce to create amazing tastes that combined with some of the best wine and beer. With an estimated 10,000 people participating in more than 40 events on Noosa’s Main Beach, along Hastings Street, by the Noosa River, in restaurants and markets, and through the hinterland last year, there are plans to make it even bigger in 2017.

The 2017 Festival Director, Maria Crews said there would bring a fresh, new approach while still honouring what has worked in the past.

“We are excited by the possibilities that exist to build on the excellent reputation that Noosa Food & Wine already has,” she said. “At the same time, we see the opportunity to deliver the start of a new era that will be food-focused, fun and family friendly.”

With a mix of free events, affordable ticketed events and top-tier experiences, the target is to attract 25,000 visitors over the four days.

“That’s no mean feat and we couldn’t do it without the support of the local food community,” Maria said. “We want this to feel like it is distinctly “Noosa’s Festival” and unlike any other festival around the world.”

The approach has already been collaborative with an Expression of Interest (EOI) process for local restaurants, chefs, food suppliers, wineries, tourism operators, producers and interested parties to nominate events that they would like to run as part of the program.

“The response has been overwhelming,” said Maria. “It is wonderful to see the level of excitement and interest in the event and the passion from locals who want to contribute.”

While the festival team are still sorting through the hundreds of EOIs to identify the ones best suited and able to be delivered as part of the overall program, they have already identified some key areas of activity.

The Beach Tipi will return to Noosa Main Beach and will be a hub for celebrations, such as the opening and closing events; it may also host industry forums and provide a meeting place for events, such as Breakfast Walks through the Noosa National Park. The Woods at the end of Hastings Street is planned to be a village for wine and food with more than 40 wineries expected to be represented in a market-style village that will also host complementary food stalls featuring local flavours as well as festival foodie favourites such as King Ora Salmon; the Salumi guys; and cheeses and providores from across Australia. With a festival bar and activities for the kids, it is envisaged that this will be a popular meeting place from over the festival weekend. There are also plans for an Urban Winery project where you can blend and create your very own personal wine!

It won’t all be about Hastings Street with Noosa Junction expected to host a street party featuring hawker style food and markets; and in addition to the public spaces, local restaurants will again host specially themed lunches and dinners with local and visiting chefs, winemakers and producers.

Other events that are in the planning stages include: Food, Forage and Feast farmgate experiences; a Mad Hatter’s High Tea; Board Riders event; masterclasses; and produce-driven experiences at the Noosa Farmers’ Market.

Whatever the final program looks like, Noosa Food & Wine from 18-21 May 2017, is a not-to-be-missed event!

Be the first to find out all the delicious details, sign up for

Read more articles by @JohnCaruso

Hashtag #InNoosaMag


So don't forget to tag us while your enjoying your holiday or getaway.