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Published on May 20th, 2013 | by Ann Rickard

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Food and Wine Festival

What an extravagant weekend in Noosa.  The Noosa International Food & Wine Festival was an outstanding success. There must have been 30,000 people in the Festival Village to celebrate all this epicurean.  Jim Berardo and his team had worked hard all year to bring this festival to us and they sure pulled off a coup.

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Every big name chef in the country was there – including the rock-star-like Tetsuya.  Every food writer/critic, every important winemaker – they were all there.  The Grand Marquee was packed with producers showing us their wares and products.  Everything from beautiful salmon, to caviar, to charcuterie and cheeses was there for the tasting.  I did the rounds of the marquee twice, sampling, nibbling.   What an extravagant weekend in Noosa.  The Noosa International Food & Wine Festival was an outstanding success. There must have been 30,000 people in the Festival Village to celebrate all this epicurean.  Jim Berardo and his team had worked hard all year to bring this festival to us and they sure pulled off a coup. Every big name chef in the country was there – including the rock-star-like Tetsuya.  Every food writer/critic, every important winemaker – they were all there.  The Grand Marquee was packed with producers showing us their wares and products.  Everything from beautiful salmon, to caviar, to charcuterie and cheeses was there for the tasting.  I did the rounds of the marquee twice, sampling, nibbling. Then there were the food stalls outside with food so creative and delicious it was hard to believe it had all been made off-site in a park.   All the Noosa restaurants were showing off their stuff.  And the wines…………so many of them.   We were fortunate enough to have a little time in the Platnium Lounge with Jim Berardo.  Over a few glasses of Pol Roger we nibbled a crab salad and waygu beef sitting on white leather Italian chairs with chandeliers over head – all this in the park.  Jim Berardo does everything with such style. The entertainment was world-class…we sang, we danced, we ate, we drank.  We were oh, so very Noosa.   You must get there next year.  It’s going to be even bigger.

Then there were the food stalls outside with food so creative and delicious it was hard to believe it had all been made off-site in a park.   All the Noosa restaurants were showing off their stuff.  And the wines…………so many of them.DSC01103

We were fortunate enough to have a little time in the Platnium Lounge with Jim Berardo.  Over a few glasses of Pol Roger we nibbled a crab salad and waygu beef sitting on white leather Italian chairs with chandeliers over head – all this in the park.  Jim Berardo does everything with such style.

The entertainment was world-class…we sang, we danced, we ate, we drank.  We were oh, so very Noosa. 

You must get there next year.  It’s going to be even bigger.

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is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.



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