The official program for the 2016 Noosa Food & Wine Festival has been released, comprising over 30 events with some of the nation’s best chefs.

Close to 50 chefs from Noosa and around Australia will take part in the event including notable names such as Ben O'Donoghue, Luke Mangan, Cory Campbell, Massimo Mele, Matt Golinski and Pete Evans.

Event highlights include:

  • The Opening Cocktail Party which will take place on the Noosa Main Beach and will feature acclaimed chefs Pete Evans, Peter Kuruvita, Shane Bailey, Ben Bertei and Sammy and Bella from MKR;
  • Noosa Street Feast Long Lunch which will comprise a two course lunch accompanied by wines and beer by Asahi. Restaurants taking part include aromas, Boardwalk Bistro on Hastings, Bistro C, Gaston, Locale, Miss Moneypenny’s Noosa Beach house, Rococo and Season;
  • Wine Masterclass by Treasury Wines Estates where an expert wine panel will guide festival goers through Australia’s premier wine regions with a focus on Shiraz and Chardonnay.
  • “You’re Better On Beef” BBQ which will take place by the Noosa River shores. This event will see renowned chefs Matt Golinski, Alastair McLeod, Sunny Gilbert and Shane Bailey with Sammy and Bella from MKR will serve up their favourite sirloin dishes along with Stone & Wood craft beers and selected great Australian wines.

For the full list of events, click here.

Noosa Food & Wine Events, the company that owns Berardo’s Restaurant and the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival, entered voluntary administration in May last year just weeks after the 2015 event took place. In September it was announced that the festival would return in 2016 with founder Jim Berardo back in the driver's seat.

“It’s full speed ahead for 2016,” Berardo told at the time. “We’re working through things, and I’m going to make good on the creditors and pay them all off over a 23 month period.”

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