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Photography by Eric Wang

BNE May/June 2017 |

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GOLD COAST

The Gold Coast may be known more as a place for

fun than good food but that’s changing, and just how

much is revealed at the

GOLD COAST FOOD AND

WINE FESTIVAL

from 2 to 4 June. What started as

a ‘taster’ event at just one venue last year has now

spread across the Coast with events from Beenleigh

to Currumbin Valley and from Surfers Paradise to

Tamborine Mountain.

In keeping with the spirit of the Gold Coast there’s

an element of fun and entertainment about much of

the program – which is as much about doing as it is

about just eating – from the progressive dinner at stops

along the tram line or dinner on a gondola, to oyster

shucking and crab fishing before eating the spoils.

There are practical tips too, from Oz Harvest’s

demonstration on how to make delicious one-pan

meals from leftovers (and cut excessive food waste)

to masterclasses in wood-fired barbecue cooking.

Of course, there are plenty of wine, beer and spirit

tastings, picnics in the park or between the vines in the

hinterland and a long table lunch, organic markets and

food trucks. See

www.gcfoodandwine.com.au

SUNSHINE COAST

NOOSA FOOD ANDWINE

is legendary by now,

not only as an excuse to be seen at marquee events

such as the cocktail parties on the beach and the

Long Table lunch on Hastings Street, but to gorge

on some of the best food Queensland has to offer,

created by some of the best chefs in Australia,

in a location that is arguably one of the most

picturesque in the country.

One of the best ways to appreciate that is through

a new experience added to the program this year –

glamping at Maravista Farm, a working macadamia

farm and organic kitchen garden at Boreen Point, less

than 30 minutes from Noosa.

The new package includes three nights

accommodation glamping dinner under the stars and

tickets to six premium events – some already sold

out – at Noosa Food and Wine. Day trippers, too, can

get a glimpse of Maravista Farm, not usually open to

the public, at a long table lunch (on 21 May) amidst

the macadamia groves with a menu designed by local

celebrity chef Matt Golinski. Noosa Food and Wine is

on 18-21 May. see

www.noosafoodandwine.com.au

Pictured above: A Crab and Oyster Adventure on the

rivers of the Gold Coast, hosted by Birds Bay Oyster

Farm, is on the expanded program of the second Gold

Coast Food and Wine Festival

Pictured above: A new accommodation option is

available at Maravista Farm during Noosa Food and

Wine, while Hastings Street restaurant Locale will host a

seafood feast served up by a trio of Australia’s top chefs