May’s seven fabulous food festivals

From Port Douglas to the Gold Coast, Queensland celebrates May with a fine line up of food festivals guaranteed to get your tummy rumbling.

Noosa Food & Wine May 17 – 20 May

Food lovers from around Australia can enjoy the relaxed, beachy atmosphere of Noosa Food & Wine at Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. This year the event promises plenty of new flavours along with great Australian wines, artisan foods, and the finest Queensland produce. Along with Noosa’s culinary talent will be some of Australia’s leading chefs and producers.

Grazing the Granite Belt 19 – 20 May

Enjoy two days of lazy grazing with award winning wines and dozens of gourmet food dishes at Stanthorpe in the Southern Downs. Spend Saturday on the hop-on, hop-off bus visiting participating cellar doors and tasting wines as well as indulging in meals prepared with local ingredients by food artisans.

Paniyiri Greek Festival 19- 20 May

Queensland’s celebration of all things Greek, Paniyiri at South Brisbane is Australia’s longest running Greek festival. More than 60,000 people come together for this celebration of fried haloumi, baby octopus, honey puffs, and of course, dancing. And yes, you get to smash plates!

The Hampton Festival 20 May

Taste fresh Darling Downs produce picked from just down the road, eat your way around local restaurant stalls and discover the region’s art at the Hampton Art Exhibition. Set in the unique atmosphere of the Hampton high-country village, this festival is a celebration of local food production, regional artisans, art and music.

Port Douglas Carnivale, 26-27 May

They call the Port Douglas Carnivale Long Lunch paradise on a plate. Held under the shady palms at Rex Smeal Park right at the tip of Port Douglas, it’s a celebration like no other. The Carnivale includes a wide variety of events from a street carnival and family beach day to a photography exhibition.

Goomeri Pumpkin Festival 27 May 2017

The Goomeri Pumpkin Festival is a fun-filled smashing day in the South Burnett where you’ll roll a pumpkin down Policeman’s Hill in the Great Australian Pumpkin Roll and enjoy quirky pumpkin competitions along with a Pumpkin Pageant. There’s a street parade though Goomeri, all day entertainment, street markets, demonstrations and displays. Taste homemade pumpkin scones, pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread rolls, pumpkin and lamb sausages and the best-ever pumpkin soup made from the festival’s secret recipe. For non-pumpkin lovers there is billy tea, stew and damper.

Gold Coast Food and Wine Festival 31 May – 3 June

The Gold Coast Food and Wine Festival returns for its third season at Helensvale.