You better get moving if you’ve been thinking about the The Noosa International Food & Wine Festival which runs from May 15 – 18. This is the biggest festival of the season, celebrating Queensland and Australia’s most spectacular food on one of the prettiest beaches has already kicked off ticket sales. Some of the most popular events have already sold out! (nostalgic Sixties beach party, the Asian Food Trail) but there’s plenty of tickets available to the rest of the festival.

Ivory Palms Resort, Noosaville, provides a range of accommodation options for families, groups and couples. From the comfort of a villa to the affordability of a family apartment, we offer first class facilities. Entertain in the comfort of your private villa, relax poolside, or burn some kilojoules in readiness for the next event on the tennis courts, games room and comfortable guest lounges.

Ivory Palms Resort, beside the pool.

Ivory Palms Resort, beside the pool.

Degustation Central

The great degustation is a really big feature of this year’s festival and there are several opportunities to enjoy a meal that in simple terms can only be described as a train of small courses cleverly designed and cooked to complement each other, with each course accompanied by complimentary wines or beer matches.

A lunch in the festival village marquee on the beach brings together the state’s top chefs for a degustation lunch – Philip Johnson, Matt Golinski matched with Queensland wines. This is the relaxed way to sample the region’s tastes for a mere A$135.

How about the Westpac Premier International Degustation: $495 gets you the festival grand slam including San Pellegrino Top 50 chefs – David Thompson of Nahm, Thailand – plus London’s  Bruno Loubet and Alvin Leung of Hong Kong’s Bo Innovation; or the Netanya Premier eight-course degustation with e’cco’s Philip Johnson, Justin North and Cutler & Cos’ Andrew McConnell.

What about sampling tastes from around the world – on the beach, with a sunset seafood feast. Not really degustation, but a similar idea but more… in seafood. Jim Berardo hosts seven of Aussie’s hottest Italian chefs (including Guy Grossand Massimo Mele, for one wonderful sunset feast at Noosa’s National Park, MCd by the larger-than-life Maria Venuti (A$295). This gastronomic event matches food with Japanese Asahi beer and cider, Aussie bush barbecue, the best French Champagnes and then some great, local seafood and produce.

Noosa Food and Wine Festival 2013.

Noosa Food and Wine Festival 2013.

 You can spend as much or as little as you like

You could fork out A$950 for the Platinum Experience, with a private concierge and VIP lunches every day, or Gold Passes to the daily happenings at the Festival Village (A$330 with food and wine), but you can also experience the Show Days (Saturday and Sunday May 17 and 18) for as little as A$40. This gets you to a host of cooking demonstrations, fascinating food discussions, wine and beer kiosks and some local heroes from various Sunshine Coast restaurants.

Whether you’re arriving with the family, or just bringing a special friend, Ivory Palms Resort is an ideal place to stop for the Noosa Food and Wine Festival. Book now before it’s too late. Bookings fill up at this very busy time.