Published on May 20th, 2013 | by Ann Rickard0
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.
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.
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