Last Minute Guide to the Noosa Food & Wine Festival | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Last Minute Guide to the Noosa Food & Wine Festival

The holy grail for Queensland foodies returns again to the sunny shores of Noosa Heads this from May 17th-20th! The Noosa Food and Wine festival is fast approaching and as per usual, we’ve left buying our tickets to the last minute.

Whether your tastes are lay in dine dining, local producers, craft breweries or wines, there are heaps of fun, foodie events to fill up your weekend, but you better hustle girl!


First things first, if you haven’t got your mitts on a Festival Village Pass you better whip out that credit card and get one here, it’ll get you into access to the Festival Vaillage aka the heart of the festival. For $35 enjoy cooking demonstrations, food and wine samples and live music.


Escape to the country and get a taste of the Noosa Hinterland as you visit three local boutique producers. Begin your providore journey with an organic heirloom farm for morning tea, followed by a two-course lunch with Kingsley Grove wines in a picturesque outdoor setting. Finish off the day with a refreshing craft brewery tour and let’s be real, a post-tour nap on the bus home. Tours are available May 17th-18th, get your tickets here.


One brewery is never enough for us, so why not up the brew-ha-ha?  Jump on a bus May 18thand cruise through the Noosa Hinterland with stops in Eumundi, Cooroy and Noosaville. Sample local brews and line your stomach with tasty snacks along the way. For tickets see here.


Perched at the top of Sunshine Beach, Embassy XO is one of the Sunshine Coasts best kept secrets. With an award-winning wine list and menu, this year Embassy XO welcomes back the chef who started it all – Brendon Marker, Executive Chef at Brisbane’s Madame Wu.

Chef Barker, alongside Head Chef James Wu and the XO team will be serving up four courses of delicate modern Asian food, matched with premium wines from Clairault/Streiker Estate. From 7pm May 18th, see here for tickets.


This is where the fun really be-gins. Join the Brookies Gin masterclass on May 20thand steal all the secrets of the masters behind Brookies Byron Dry Gin. Drawing on native Australian botanicals, the beautiful balanced gin has won gold at the San Francisco World Spirit competition.

Step into your bartender’s shoes as you learn to create a Brookies Salty Gin Sour – three classic ingredients balanced with sea salt. Book in here.


Admire the sunset over the Mooloolaba Marina as you indulge in native edibles at Pier 33. Head Chef Simon Taylor’s five course tasting menu will highlight how sustainable source produce and native ingredients can be put on the table. Matched with Australian wines, the seafood dining experience will be one you’ll remember long after the festival wraps up. Snap up your tickets here!

Dig out your white linen and get ready to swan down Hasting Street, foodie Christmas is here!

Words by Words by Emma Callaghan
- the gourmet who exclusively dines on degustations.