WHAT’S HOT: Top 10 best events at Noosa Eat & Drink
1. Slow Food Noosa Snail Trail
When: 14 May, 8:30am-5.30pm
Who: Zeb Gilbert
This memorable trail departs from Noosa Heads and starts with a behind the scenes tour of Belmondos Organic Market. It is then on to the Noosa Community Gardens where you will meet some local schoolchildren discussing their School Kitchen Gardens. From here you will be taken on a delightful journey to Forage Farms for a farm tour before arriving at Hinterland Restaurant at Cooran for a delicious three-course lunch with locally sourced ingredients paired with local wines. A short stroll then takes you to nearby Bonsai Brewery for a beer tasting. To cap this all off the final stop with be at Amrita Park Meadery for an exquisite mead tasting.
2. Spice on the Water: Sum Yung Guys x Catalina
When: 14 May, 11.30am-2.30pm
Who: Matt Sinclair of Sum Yung Guys
A collaboration of two of Noosa’s most popular venues, the fun will be in the journey as you cruise the remarkable Noosa River with tasty eats, banging beats and boozey treats all afternoon long.
3. Make Your Own Fortune
When: 14 May, 3-5pm
Where: Fortune Distillery
Gin lovers, prepare to have your tastebuds tantalised! Held over two hours, you’ll kick off the afternoon with a gin and tonic in hand and learn how this incredible distillery came to be from Head Distiller, Jack Boyd on a private distillery tour. Finish the afternoon by creating your very own unique gin using local botanicals to celebrate and reminisce about your unforgettable Noosa experience.
4. O-Ren’s Asian Cocktail Party
When: 14 May, 6-9pm
Where: 5/30 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Who: Mark Jensen
Be transported to the likes of Old Saigon, Hoi An and Hanoi as you enter O-Ren’s Asian Cocktail Party, tucked upstairs on Hastings Street. Chargrill smells and sizzling sounds will fill the atmosphere as you enjoy an explosion of flavours reminiscent of walking Vietnamese streets. The O-Ren team will perfectly pair fresh, fragrant and flavoursome bites with tropical cocktails and craft beers from sister venue, Copperhead Brewery. With an insanely good Viet-spin and the opportunity to mingle with celebrity chef Mark Jensen (The Red Lantern), this is one cocktail party not to be missed!
5. Cruising with George and Miguel
When: 15 May, 11.30am-2.30pm
Where: 172 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville
Who: George Calombaris, Miguel Maestre
Crowd favourites George Calombaris and Miguel Maestre are heading north to Noosa for a floating cocktail party aboard The Catalina Noosa. A testament to the Mediterranean’s best and Noosa’s coastal charm, the boys will be bringing you a menu of small bites, summer tapas and simple, fresh seafood dishes. A couple of beachside chic cocktails from the Liquor 43 team will be on hand too as you cruise the Noosa River taking in the salty air and live DJ beats. This is one cocktail party not to be missed, as you round up your fellow Mediterranean lovers and kick off the festival weekend in style.
6. The Long Boat
When: 15 May, 12-3pm
Who: Shane Bailey, Louis Tikaram, Ben Bertei
The Long Boat is a floating vessel of powerful and fresh Thai and modern Asian flavours combined with Dog Point Wines, water views, exceptional Noosa hospitality and a large dose of fun thrown in for good measure! Mix that with four talented Queensland chefs – Ben Bertie (Long-time / Same Same) Louis Tikaram (Stanley), Shane Bailey (Noosa Boathouse) and local Chef and entrepreneur Nathan Nichol – and you’ve got one of the most sought after lunches this festival! Ben, Louis, Shane and Nathan will come together to create a menu featuring local produce and the best seafood and beef Queensland has to offer.
7. The Boilermaker
When: 15 May, 6-10pm
Where: 10/203 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville
Who: Geoffroy Marcq
Whisky Boy is joining forces with Heads of Noosa Brewing Co for The Boilermaker. Co-hosted with Brown Foreman, producer and marketer of some of the most well-known wine and spirit brands in the world, the evening will include a lively beer cocktail on arrival, followed by a four-course dinner matched with four different lagers and four different whiskies.
8. Paddock to Plate, Grain to Glass
When: 15 May, 11am-3pm
Where: 52 Kauri Street, Cooroy
Join Copperhead Brewery as they come together with Matthew Evans (Gourmet Farmer, food critic, chef and writer) and Nick Haddow (Bruny Island Cheese and Beer Co., producer and entrepreneur) to create a farm to fork style feast accompanied by beers brewed to match.
This is an event not to be missed, with like-minded professionals showcasing just what can be done with sustainable, local and unprocessed ingredients. Tuck into locally sourced goods including 10 Acres Bread baked with Copperhead’s own spent grain, Gympie Cheeses & Butter, Gympie farm produce from Farmer and Sun and locally sourced meat.
This delicious feast will be matched with preservative free beer made with 100% natural ingredients. Then it’s your chance to meet the chef and the brewer.
9. Noosa Long Lunch: The Seafood Experience
When: 16 May, 12-3pm
Where: Cnr Noosa Parade & Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
Who: Peter Kuruvita, Matt Golinski, David Rayner, Andy Davies
Now calling Lions Park home, the Noosa Long Lunch will be a collaboration between Noosa’s latest and greatest chefs and venues. Think the likes of Andy Davies (Locale Noosa), David Rayner (Thomas Corner Eatery), Matt Golinski (View by Matt Golinski) and Peter Kuruvita (Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita).
10. Dinner with Friends: Love Noosa Edition
When: 16 May, 6.30-9.30pm
Where: 33A Viewland Drive, Noosa Heads
Who: Matt Golinski, Adrian Richardson, Damian Heads
Join Matt Golinski and Andy Wilcox with friends Adrian Richardson and Damian Heads for a four-course journey with paired wines celebrating local produce, incredible drinks and friendship! Matt, Andy, Adrian and Damian will demonstrate their talents while sharing their stories and food passions.