No one ever really needs an excuse to go to Noosa – you know, like the beaches, the picturesque National Park, or the delicious food – but with an awesome new drawcard coming to The Noosa Food & Wine Festival on Saturday 19 & Sunday May 20 this year, you better have a good excuse if you’re not going.

With the Noosa waterways as a backdrop, the all new Festival Village will set up in Noosa Lions Park, giving festival goers a chance to explore and discover great food, drink and live music as they wander through the park.

Some of the key vendors include:

Courier Mail Producers Pavilion – where you’ll have the opportunity to meet artisan producers and taste their wares, with producers including the likes of Coyo Yogurt Kenilworth Cheese and Meredith Dairies. Their Chef’s Skills Table will allow budding chefs the chance to hone their cookery alongside Colin Fassnidge, Miguel Maestre and Adam D’Sylva.

Pimms Garden Party – pitching up a Sperry Tent in the centre of the village, expect to find plenty of seats to people watch in a pretty garden party setting (and plenty of Pimms to drink too, of course).

Craft Beer & Cider Corners – Noosa’s version of a pop-up beer garden with lots of live music and DJs spinning the decks until late.

Taste of Noosa – Some of Noosa’s best restaurants will be dishing up bites across the entire weekend, including Acuri, Boardwalk Bistro on Hastings and Embassy XO, just to name a few.

The OpenTable Festival Village VIP Lounge – This is a Hamptons-themed lounge where for $150, punters can enjoy an all-day grazing table prepared by the lounge chef and four complimentary drinks per day, with wines by Xanadu Margaret River, Asahi beer and sparkling water from San Pellegrino.

There’ll be crate loads of wines from Australia & New Zealand’s best wineries on offer including Cloudy Bay, Cape Mentelle and Shaw + Smith, and from France, Veuve Cliquot. You’ll also have a chance to meet the chefs, partake in masterclasses, and listen to live music across two stages from the early afternoon through to dusk.

For full line up, head to www.noosafoodandwine.com.au.

Tickets: Prices start at $30 for adults (and incudes a glass of wine by Xanadu Margaret River and a Noosa Food & Wine glass), $15 for children and a weekend pass form $50.
The OpenTable Festival VIP Lounge is $150.
Drinks from the Wineries start at $3 for a 50ml taster, and $8 for a 150ml glass.
* The Festival Village is a cashless event, so bring your debit card, credit card, phone (with mobile wallet enabled) ready to ‘tap & go’.

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