Noosa International Food and Wine Festival

As one of Australia's most popular vacation towns, Noosa boasts an appealing mix of sunshine, surf, golden beaches, along with a raft of great restaurants and cafes. So, it's no surprise that the festival manages to attract some of the biggest names on the world food stage each year. The Noosa International Food & Wine Festival, held each May, has evolved to become bigger, better and even more delicious each year. Enjoy food trails to the hinterland and river, the beach, the Noosa National Park and of course the Festival Village, all part of Noosa’s incredible food and wine program. Noosa International Food and Wine Festival
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Noosa International Food & Wine Festival

It's no surprise that beautiful Noosa attracts some of the biggest names on the world food stage each year.


As one of Australia's most popular vacation towns, Noosa boasts an appealing mix of sunshine, surf, golden beaches, along with a raft of great restaurants and cafes. So, it's no surprise that the festival manages to attract some of the biggest names on the world food stage each year. The Noosa International Food & Wine Festival, held each May, has evolved to become bigger, better and even more delicious each year. Enjoy food trails to the hinterland and river, the beach, the Noosa National Park and of course the Festival Village, all part of Noosa’s incredible food and wine program.

What To Expect

From humble beginnings as the Hot and Spicy Food Festival, the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013. The festival has always strived to attract the créme de la créme of foodinistas, wine luminaries, gastronomes, home chefs and hungry holidaymakers, and each year the festival’s stellar line-up of events is a testament to its growing reputation with food fanatics everywhere.

Festival favourites such as the lifestyle lunches, riverside picnics, wine masterclasses, themed dinners and degustations and guest chefs at Sunshine Coast restaurants are the order of the day. A 60s beach party and olive oil tastings have also popped up on the program in past years, while lots of live music is always on offer, to dance to and burn off extra calories consumed during the day.

You can also expect to get involved in some innovative events, a là 2013’s gala opening concert, Edible Music: it was a world-first event, combining the talents of several of Australia's most acclaimed musicians with 10 of the world's foremost chefs from the S. Pellegrino World's Best Restaurants list.

There were also sublime sunset concerts with drinks and canapes at the Noosa National Park Lookout in a special festival marquee, followed by dinner at three of Noosa's premium restaurants, while the Barefoot Beach Marquee on Noosa's Main Beach hosted the Australian final of the World Class Cocktails Competition, a Food and Cocktail Pairing Dinner, Seafood Feast on the Beach and a Japanese/Indian Lunch with matched beers from Asahi and Kingfisher.

Noosa International Food and
Wine Festival, Noosa, QLD

Don’t miss out: ‘Australia's Best Home Cooked Dish Competition’

While plenty of kitchen superstars will be in attendance, the spotlight isn’t simply on the culinary greats. During the festival the winner of the annual ‘Australia's Best Home Cooked Dish Competition’ is announced, with the winners from a cook-off in each state or territory competing in Noosa for the grand prize; in 2014, the prize value is $23,000.

Noosa International Food and
Wine Festival, Noosa, QLD

Mingling With the Culinary Stars

Ever wondered what the world's best chefs like to do on holiday? Then head to Noosa in May: that’s when more than 200 invited chefs, producers, winemakers and food media flock to the beautiful Sunshine Coast for the annual Noosa International Food & Wine Festival. Chances are, much like you, they'll be enjoying the region's beautiful beaches, waterways and national parks whenever they can drag themselves away from the fabulous food and incredible wine events on the festival program.

When and Where

When: May
Where: In and around Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast (about 90 minutes north of Brisbane)