Noosa, QLD. The Noosa International Food & Wine Festival www.noosafoodandwine.com.au , truly earned its new international moniker showcasing four days of world class food, wine and entertainment to over 26,000 patrons on the weekend. Advance tickets sales indicated that 37% of attendees were locals and a surprising 63% came from intrastate, interstate and international patrons respectively. The location sparkled, the chefs outdid each other in friendly rivalry, the food, wine and entertainment established new benchmarks: and Festival goers were the winners.
Renowned chefs, food media, wine experts and happy amateur foodies and families converged on the Festival Village to taste, drink, watch, participate, critique, sample and pay homage to award-winning produce, wines and dishes prepared with passion.
Festival Director Jim Berardo is thrilled with the result, saying both attendance and great feedback this year reached record levels. He said, “The outstanding attendance and support we have enjoyed this year from guests, sponsors, and festival goers is a win for Noosa, the Sunshine Coast, Queensland and for Australia, bringing invaluable international media coverage and an economic boost for the entire region. It is a testament to the quality of the guest chefs and participants we attract and the produce we are privileged to feature. Noosa International Food & Wine Festival is recognised worldwide as one of the best of its kind and is now firmly established on the world foodie event calendar.”
Davide Scabin, renowned S. Pellegrino Top 100 chef of Combal.Zero in Turin, enthused, “…of the many such festivals I am invited to attend around the world, Noosa has been the best.”
Highlights of the Festival included the stellar performance of “The Chef the Cook and the Orchestra,” launching the event under starry skies to a rapt audience of lucky early attendees and invited guests. The new rustic picnics; Country French, Italian Tavolo Rustica and Spicy Asian were another major hit. The spectacular seafood, Asian and hinterland food trails were again a sell-out, with guests booking for next year immediately, to ensure a place. An unmatched array of Festival events and entertainment kept festival goers busy and smiling all day and dancing or dining well into the night.
The Qantas Best Dinner in the World hosted by Matt Preston and featuring a seven course degustation menu prepared by S. Pellegrino Top 100 chefs Mark Best, Fergus Henderson, Alvin Leung, Davide Scabin, Ben Shewry and David Thompson, was the crowning glory of the gourmands dream weekend and not for the fainthearted. With wines expertly matched by wine maestro Lisa Perotti- Brown, over 100 diners experienced the meal of a lifetime.
Plans are now well underway for the 10th annual Noosa International Food & Wine Festival, 16-19th May 2013. Jim Berardo has vowed to pull out all the stops with some spectacular surprises and culinary creativity that will out–do this year’s event and continue to keep the Festival at the top of foodie chain!
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games said that the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival is an excellent showcase of the high quality restaurants, winemakers and producers from across the Sunshine Coast. “Queensland is proud to host this popular event which celebrates the very best our state has to offer,” Ms Stuckey said. “Tourism is one of the Newman Government’s four economic pillars, and we are working hard every day, in every way, to grow the industry. Our aim is to double overnight visitor expenditure by 2020 and create more jobs and opportunities for Queensland. Events like the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival will help us achieve these goals and lift Queensland’s profile in the international market.”
Noosa International Food & Wine Festival is supported by Events Queensland as part of a growing calendar of sporting, cultural and regional events across the State.
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