Australia’s culinary renaissance is showing no signs of slowing down. Words like quenelle, confit and macerated are making their way into our everyday vernacular and ravenous revellers are now eager than ever to sample epicurean delights thanks to Masterchef and a new breed of rock star: the celebrity chef. With artisan producers, star-studded line-ups and world-class entertainment in spectacular settings, we’ve shortlisted five Australian food festivals worth travelling for in 2015.
Taste of Tasmania
Where: Hobart, Tasmania
From microbrews to single-malts, game meats to sheep’s milk cheeses, Tassie’s providores take centre stage on Hobart’s waterfront during this week-long extravaganza. If past years are anything to go by, hand-picked culinary artisans at the Taste of Tasmania will continue to dazzle patrons with unique taste sensations in spectacular fashion. Sichuan seared ocean trout or Baculo cheesecake on a stick, anyone?
Hop from stall to stall sampling seafood, pastries, wine, whiskey and freshly-churned ice cream, or book in for a food tour or tasting table session. Kids are also well catered for with cooking demonstrations and family-friendly films at the Twilight Cinema. On New Year’s Eve, watch the fireworks from the water’s edge or countdown to 2015 in your very best sailor outfit at the ‘On the High Seas’ party.
Noosa International Food & Wine Festival
Where: Noosa, Queensland
The Noosa International Food and Wine Festival is one to mark in your diaries. This four-day event is cheekily regarded as ‘Schoolies for chefs’. Over a weekend in May, the Sunshine Coast enclave comes alive with gastronomic splendour as die-hard foodies and 200 invited chefs, winemakers and taste luminaries descend on Noosa’s sunny shores to take part in the incredible food and wine program.