A growing interest in unique food experiences in Australia


  • Asia & Oceania
  • Saturday, 03 Aug 2019

A visit to the Hinterland Feijoas during the Noosa Food and Wine Festival (or any other week) is a must. Photos: The Star/Melody L. Goh

Over the past decade, Australia has emerged as one of the best countries to have a real food experience. The availability of fresh produce, coupled with the ingenuity and talent of local chefs/cooks are what make the country a top choice for many serious foodies.

While people usually flock to either New South Wales, Victoria or South Australia to get their food and wine fix, Queensland is now fast emerging as the place to be for unique food experiences.

There are many local travel guides that offer food-themed tours, but you could always plan one yourself too. After all, not everyone has the stomach to go on a proper food trail (six restaurants or wineries in a day, anyone?) so it would be wise to go at your own pace.

You could also plan your holiday at Queensland during one of its popular food and wine festivals. Here are our top choices:

Noosa Food and Wine Festival: A key calendar event for the Sunshine Coast. It’s where you will find top chefs and culinary masters sharing their experiences and experties with true foodies.

A simple spanner crab toastie by chef Matt Sinclair that packs a punch was a crowd favourite at a special event during the Noosa Food and Wine Festival 2019.

Chinchilla Melon Festival: A fun festival that celebrates all things melon in the “melon capital” of Australia, Chinchilla. This is a biennial event, which means the next one will be held in 2021.

Grazing the Granite Belt: Lazy grazing with award-winning wines, craft beer and gourmet food.

Gold Coast Food & Wine Festival: Three days of gourmet food, wine and celebrity chefs.

Burleigh BBQ Championships: Where some of Australia’s best BBQ teams battle it out over two days to win the championship.

Hervey Bay Seafood Festival: Enjoy local seafood, regional wines, beer and music in a parkland by the seashore.

Taste Bundaberg Festival: Held over four weekends (usually one weekend a month starting from May), this festival celebrates the connection from local farmers, distillers, brewers, fishermen, graziers, restaurateurs and caterers, to customers.


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