Noosa Food & Wine Festival’s Sustainable Practices a focus for this year’s event

Noosa Food & Wine Festival’s Sustainable Practices a focus for this year’s event

As the Noosa Food & Wine Festival gets ready to start for 2019, Festival organisers have taken positive steps in changing their own practices to create a truly sustainable event experience for this year’s Festival.

Festival Director Sheridah Puttick said: “We are committed to improving our sustainability across the Festival and are building on our practices from last year’s event to help reduce waste and the impact to our wonderful natural surroundings. Every year we learn new improvements, which helps us introduce further green initiatives into the operations and planning the Festival.”

The Festival has partnered with Plastic Free Noosa to continue to eliminate single-use plastics, reduce plastic waste, implement composting and help educate patrons to deliver as sustainable a Festival as possible.

In 2018 the Festival invested in 12,000 recyclable, polycarbonate glasses to remove single-use plastic glassware and a cashless payment system was introduced to remove paper ticket stubs. This year Plastic Water Bottles have been eliminated from the event and visitors will be encouraged to grab a drink of water from Unity Water's free water refill station or BYO bottle.

A team of Waste Warriors will again be on hand throughout the Festival, stationed at the various waste bins to help educate visitors on how best to dispose of their waste.

“We are also committed to composting the food and biodegradable packaging used by the Festival Village vendors, which will then be delivered to our Festival composting partner to turn as much of the festival waste back into dirt for our local farmers” said Ms Puttick.

“With programming for this year Festival, a focus has been to highlight sustainability in the food industry, showcasing local suppliers and produce available within Noosa. Many of our events and masterclasses have made it their key focus such as line-caught fishing, nose to tail eating, eating local and using produce that is ethical, sustainable and grown via natural and regenerative farming.”

The Festival has also partnered again with OzHarvest, working with local Ambassador Cameron Matthews who will create a menu based on 100% surplus from the Festival for an Industry Day brunch on the Monday.

The Festival have teamed up with Tourism Noosa to support their Trees for Tourism initiative. This year $1 from every Festival Village ticket purchased will go to Noosa & District Landcare’s Noosa Trail  Network rehabilitation initiatives. Festival visitors contribution as part of the Festival Village ticket price will help provide shade trees for walkers, assist with erosion and improve the habitat for local wildlife species.

“We are also educating visitors ahead of the Festival via the website, putting a spotlight on suppliers who are showcasing sustainable practices in their own businesses and providing some handy yet simple tips for everyone attending the Festival” said Ms Puttick.

The Noosa Food & Wine Festival is from 16-20 May. For further information and the full program and to purchase event tickets visit noosafoodandwine.com.au

The Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, is proud to support the Noosa Food & Wine Festival which features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar. Queensland, just the place to experience Australia’s best live events.

Pictured: Waste Warrior at the 2018 Noosa Food & Wine Festival.

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