Noosa Eat & Drink partners with Youngcare

Tourism Noosa’s Lee Huber and Youngcare CEO Anthony Ryan.

By Abbey Cannan

The Noosa Eat & Drink Festival has announced the first event for 2021, The Noosa Eat & Drink Long Lunch with Youngcare.

Taking place in Noosa on Friday 19 February 2021, the long lunch is a partnership with Australian not-for-profit organisation Youngcare, who has a mission of creating choice and independence for young people (16-65) with high care needs by providing fully accessible and age-appropriate living spaces amongst other support.

The event is set to bring celebrity power to town, with Channel 9 stars Sylvia Jeffreys and Karl Stefanovic being ambassadors for the lunch.

“There will be other supporters of Youngcare, such as John Collins from Powderfinger and Pete Murray and other supporters coming to the event,“ Youngcare CEO, Antony Ryan said.

Tourism Noosa CEO Melanie Anderson said, “The long lunch is always one of the signature events for Noosa Eat & Drink and we are thrilled to be collaborating with Youngcare to host an amazing long lunch in Noosa, while raising funds for this very worthwhile cause.“

The announcement also coincides with Youngcare announcing they will be building a resort style facility in Noosa in 2021.

Mr Ryan said, “We are excited to be building in the Noosa community in 2021. The coastal lifestyle will provide the perfect backdrop for young people who have been isolated in institutional care to finally live with choice and control.“

“We look forward to working with the Noosa community to help create innovative solutions that promotes genuine integrated living in the Noosa Shire,“ he said.

Noosa Eat & Drink Festival Manager Lee Huber said, “We are very fortunate to have great partners on board to help us deliver this event, all of whom collectively are delighted to be contributing to the efforts of Youngcare through their involvement.“

“With catering by Chef Ryan Fitzpatrick from The Ohana Group, wines provided by Treasury Wine Estates and beer by Bricklane Brewing, the event is set for success. Live auctions of incredible prizes will form part of the lunch to help raise funds for the Youngcare charity.“

The Long Lunch with Youngcare will take place in Noosa on Friday, 19 February 2021. Tickets available mid-December at $250 per person via