Looking Alive! Winter Food Intro 2021

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Matt Golinski celebrates new openings, the return of local festivals and country drives that make us feel alive!

The late Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen was once quoted as saying that he could gauge the state of the Queensland economy by simply looking out the window of his Brisbane office and counting the cranes that hung above the city, building the office towers and hotels that were needed to fill the demand in a fast-changing town.

The same rule could be used in Noosa, but by walking the streets and counting how many new restaurants and bars have been popping up; if we’re in an economic downturn, someone forgot to tell the people who are choosing to open these establishments, and the customers who are more than happy to spend up to eat and drink in them.

The whole town is buzzing, and I don’t think anyone takes for granted just how lucky we are to be moving freely about enjoying ourselves, or underestimates just how quickly that could all change.

Pointing our phone at a squiggly little square everywhere we go has become a way of life, and it’s a small sacrifice to make to maintain our freedom – and potentially keep each other safe.

The iconic Noosa Eat & Drink Festival returned this year, albeit on a slightly smaller scale and sadly without some of our regular Victorian foodie friends being involved; and our annual festival of culture, Noosa Alive is back in full force this July. 

Music, theatre, art, literature and food all intermingle to produce a 10-day extravaganza of some of the most creative and talented people in the country. Other events and festivals are also charging ahead with tickets selling out quickly to a public that is hungry for more and wanting to support those who are bold enough to step up and make things happen. 

Mild, sunny days lend themselves to visiting markets, picnicking on a blanket beside the river or in the National Park, or going for long country drives through the stunning Noosa hinterland. 

The farm gate culture is flourishing in the region, giving visitors direct access to some of the best produce available, and a bit of an education at the same time. 

And if mead, gin or craft beer are your passion you could almost make a month of it exploring all the drinking options Noosa and its surrounds has to offer. 

With an average temperature range between 11 and 22 degrees Celcius during winter, there’s really no excuse to stay inside during our ‘colder’ months, whether its early morning walks, late night cocktails or a lunchtime surf that makes you happy, get amongst it!


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Matt Golinski is a highly regarded chef with a passion for simple, produce-driven cuisine based on seasonal, fresh local ingredients. He is an active member of the Slow Food movement, a champion of artisan producers and a generous mentor to keen young chefs. He is the Food and Culinary Tourism Ambassador for the Gympie region; Ambassador and Advisory Executive Chef for Peppers Noosa; and a festival favourite.

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