The Noosa Food & Wine Festival will undergo an exciting evolution in 2020 with a name change to the Noosa Eat & Drink Festival. The new name better represents what the festival is all about - a true celebration of Australian eating and drinking.
Festival Director Sheridah Puttick said: “The Noosa Eat & Drink Festival better reflects Noosa with our range of breweries, craft distilleries and coffee roasters. Our new name is also a nod to what our unique festival is about - lots of wonderful eating and drinking, all in one of Australia’s most beautiful locations – Noosa.
“For the first time last year, the top 10 drink sales at the festival were made up of a bevy of beverages with sparkling wine, rose, ginger beer, gin, whisky and craft beer leading in the mix."
The new name represents the full spectrum of the world of drinks at the festival and the announcement has been welcomed by the beer, cider and spirits industries, and the local industry.
In another exciting change for the festival (14-17 May 2020), Festival Village will move from Lions Park to the Woods at the end of Hastings Street.
Sheridah said: “The Woods area is perfect to take the Festival Village to the next level with the opportunity to create more sub precincts and activations whilst showcasing the beautiful Noosa River. The ground covering at the Woods was also a contributing factor as it is more resilient and will drain adequately should we experience rainfall pre or during the Festival.
“The new-look Festival Village will be completely different from past events but will combine Noosa’s favourite restaurants with local artisan producers, world-class chefs, the best in Australian wine and drinks, interactive masterclasses and live entertainment, with lots more in the works.”
Tourism Noosa Chairman Drew Pearson said: “The Festival has always led the way in Australia as the benchmark for a quality and innovative eating and drinking experience. We are pleased that we remain a leader in the delivery and display of what our industry can offer both our locals and visitors alike.”
Joining the Festival in 2020 are some of our favourite Noosa restaurants, breweries and distilleries including Aromas, Boiling Pot, Café Le Monde, Embassy XO, Fortune Distillery, Locale, Heads of Noosa, Land & Sea Brewery, Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita, Noosa Boathouse, Pitchfork, Rickys, Sails, Season, Sum Yung Guys, Thomas Corner Eatery, View by Matt Golinski, Wasabi, Woodfire Grill, Zacharys and more.
Festival-goers can expect a fabulous Festival Opening Party and never-to-be-repeated restaurant takeovers, alongside an action-packed four-day program that stretches from the beach to the Hinterland.
The full program will be announced in December 2019 with tickets on sale at noosaeatdrink.com.au. Follow the Festival @noosaeatdrink on Instagram and Facebook.
Expressions of interest to be part of the 2020 Festival close on 31 October 2019 - please CLICK HERE to express your interest.