The countdown has begun! 200 invited chefs, producers, winemakers and media will descend on Noosa and its surrounds to join foodies from all over the world to celebrate and enjoy the good things in life at the 2014 Noosa International Food and Wine Festival.
From Thursday, May 15 to Sunday, May 18, restaurants and venues will be bustling with degustation dinners, cocktail parties, concerts, cooking demonstrations and competitions, and food and wine trails to the Hinterland and river, the beach, Noosa National Park and, of course, the Festival Village. And Noosa Today has FREE tickets to giveaway! Simply email your name, address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org, marking your entry FOOD AND WINE. You can find the full program at www.noosafoodandwine.com.au but one event that’s guaranteed to get those feet tapping is the Apollonian Bush & Bluegrass Adventure. Travel by bus to enjoy the famous spit barbecue lunch at the legendary and atmospheric 130-year-old Apollonian Hotel. Special guest chefs Nicky Riemer and Annie Smithers will join forces with the Apollonian team for a memorable lunch, while you relax and swing along with the toe-tapping sounds of Uncle Bob’s Jug Band. Wines by Robert Oatley Vineyards. Annie Smithers began her culinary career by serving an apprenticeship with Stephanie Alexander. After working in many of Melbourne’s and country Victoria’s top restaurants, Annie opened her own restaurant in the historic village of Kyneton, Victoria, in 2005. The bulk of the produce for Annie’s French farmhouse style of food is sourced from her own garden, and the menu is shaped daily according to which ingredients are at their seasonal best. Nicky Riemer and Adam Cash opened Union Dining in May 2011, achieving a long held dream. Offering provincial European cuisine with an essential touch of Melbourne class, Union Dining was listed as one of the top 10 hottest new openings of the year and Nicky’s rustic menu and hearty flavours saw her nominated for Chef of the Year. Tickets for the Apollonian Bush & Bluegrass Adventure are $135 per person, including lunch, wine and beer. See www.noosafoodandwine.com.au The bus departs the Festival Village at noon.