2016's Noosa Food and Wine Festival will include a range of new features and talent, including chef Pete Evans who will participate in a paleo Q&A discussion and a Chefs vs Surfers breakfast.

Earlier this year, Noosa Food & Wine Events, which owned Berardo’s Restaurant and the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival, entered voluntary administration and while owner and restaurateur Jim Berardo initially had plans to resurrect the popular festival, it failed to  secure significant sponsorship and as such the plans for 2016 had to be abandoned.

However a new Noosa Food and Wine Festival has been annouced, supported by Tourism and Events Queensland and Tourism Noosa. It will be held from 19 to 22 May, and will include a range of events staged in the Festival Village, on Noosa’s Main Beach as well as in local restaurants and in the Noosa Hinterland.

Alesha Gooderham, director of Noosa Food & Wine said “We are beginning a new chapter for the Noosa Food & Wine event. We will deliver a fresh program that celebrates the talent and enterprise of Noosa’s chefs, restaurateurs and producers and bring them together with Australia’s leading culinary talent and wine makers.”

The Festival will feature some of the country’s leading chefs including Ben O’Donoghue, Adriano Zumbo, Massimo Mele, David Rayner, Shane Bailey, Peter Kuruvita, David Pugh, Matt Golinski and James Vile. 

Pete Evans is a new addition to the festival and will participate in a paleo Q&A, a co-hosted dinner on Main Beach and a Chefs vs Surfers breakfast.

“The new approach to the festival embodies the best of food, wine and lifestyle and I am looking forward to being a part of this,” Evans said.

2016 will also see the creation of a Festival Village hub located at the Noosa Lions Park with a range of activities hosted each day, including Noosa restaurant stalls, wine, craft beer and tapas bars, cooking demonstrations masterclasses and an artisan producers’ marquee.

Other participating chefs include:

  • Tobie Puttock
  • Spencer Patrick (Harrison Port Douglas)
  • Nick Holloway (Nu Nu Palm Cove)
  • Nick Street-Brown (Coast Hervey Bay)
  • Jiro Numata & Zeb Gilbert (Wasabi Restaurant & Bar)
  • Andrea Ravezzani (Noosa Waterfront Restaurant & Bar)
  • Andy Davies (Locale Noosa)
  • Anthony Lewis (Flux)
  • Benni Molloy (Gaston)
  • Andrew Tomlin (Season)
  • Emmett Malone (Sirocco Noosa)
  • Eric Pernoud (Maison de Provence)
  • Geoffroy Marcq (Whisky Boy Noosa)
  • Oliver Carruthers (Caf Le Monde)
  • Paul Leete (Sails Noosa)
  • Peter Ridland (Miss Moneypenny’s)

The full program will be released in early 2016 with tickets sales from January 2016.

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