Attending a foodie festival is a strategic affair. There are far too many delectable delights in Tropical North Queensland to list them all
You need a plan! Is it BYO? What type of fare will be on offer? Are there any bands playing? What time are the cooking demos, or classes, on that could tickle your fancy? Or maybe there’s a cheese-tasting session that’d be right up your alley!
By all means, play it by ear, but for those who like to be prepared, we’re delivering the low down on what to expect from five fantastic foodie frenzies set to hit the Far North this year.
Port Douglas Carnivale
When: 25 – 27 May 2018
Where: Port Douglas
Throughout May there’s a palpable buzz in the salty, seaside air of the idyllic town of Port Douglas, hinting at the fun and frivolity about to descend.
Foodies are well catered for with an indulgently long, lazy four-course lunch set among the palm trees of Rex Smeal Park with The Longest Lunch. Ochre Restaurant, a well known restaurant in Cairns is in charge of the food so you know this is going to be good!
Tickets are $182 per person including beer & sparkling wine on arrival.
Date: Friday 25th May
Time: 11:30am to 3:00pm
Don't miss the official opening on Friday 25th May... From about 5:00pm, Macrossan Street will come alive with talented street performers, live music, and local community floats. There’ll be amusement rides and food stalls, and fireworks at 9:00pm (details to be confirmed).
On the entertainment scene don't miss the Ross (Daddy Cool) Wilson 'Tropic Rock' concert on Saturday 26th May from 5:00pm to 10:30pm. This event is also happening at the Rex Smeal Park.
Tickets to see this Aussie icon are $42 if pre booked or $50 at the gate if any are left
A family fun day will be held on Saturday 26th May on Four Mile Beach. Enjoy a sky diving display landing on the beach, participate in a sand sculpting competition with heaps of prizes to be won (registration from 9:30am) or why not join a Samba class. Face painting, kids activities and market stalls will be there as well.
Taste Port Douglas - Food & Wine Festival
When: 15 – 16 September 2018
Where: Port Douglas
Hailed as one of the premier foodie fests of the region, this event will be chock-full of celebrity chef-led cooking demonstrations; wine, spirit, and craft beer tastings; stalls serving up fresh, local produce; and informative workshops on everything from fruit-carving to cocktail-making.
Organisers say last year’s events – held at a range of venues over the weekend including Sheraton Grand Mirage – was a success, so attendees can expect a similar set up this year. However, the main event of the weekend is the food and wine festival held at Rex Smeal Park. With so many talks and sessions to choose from, stalls to visit, and delicious morsels to taste, there will undoubtedly be something that’ll take everyone’s fancy.
You might want to consider booking a longer stay in Port (as the locals refer to it) for this one. The sheer number of eating opportunities demands it. Plus staying longer means you’ll also have time to explore the town or make a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef or up to the Daintree.
Reef Feast Palm Cove
When: 19 – 21 October 2018
Where: Palm Cove
The Palm Cove community puts on a stellar event over this three-day annual shindig, transforming its laidback village into a lively, tropical party in paradise complete with balmy breezes and swaying palm trees – someone pinch us, please!
Stalls line the length of Williams Esplanade over the whole weekend, selling a sumptuous selection of dishes inspired by fresh Tropical North Queensland produce; the live music line-up kicks off from Friday night at the jetty; and local restaurants cater for The Big Brunch, a new addition to be held on the Saturday from about 10 or 11am. Sip mimosas in between mouthfuls of delicious delights while taking in Coral Sea views. And that’s all before the party really gets started, with the stages coming alive later in the afternoon with top music talent.
Stay tuned for further details on this annual event and visit our Reef Feast events page.
Tastes of the Tablelands
When: Sunday 14th October 2018
Where: Chinese Temple Grounds, Atherton
The organisers claim this is a must-do event for any self-respecting foodie, and we can see why. With its rich, fertile soil, the Atherton Tablelands is hailed as the food bowl of the tropics.
This is the festival where you’ll be able to sample the range of produce the area is so well-known for. From locally grown and roasted coffee to tropical and boutique wines, the freshest of fresh fruits and vegetables, to ice creams packed with local flavours, there’ll be plenty to sink your teeth into.
There’ll be live music throughout the day as well, so settle in under one of the many shady spots, and enjoy the atmosphere.
With so much food, wines and entertainment you should really consider staying a little while. If you need assistance in planning your foodie weekend... or week away give us a call 1300 231 118