TOURISM Minister Jann Stuckey arrived in Noosa on Friday to officially open the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival.
Ms Stuckey, who had been in parliament until 1am the previous day, said she was putting all thoughts of work aside for the weekend break to focus on food, wine and Noosa.
"I've heard so much about the importance of this festival, I am really looking forward to it," she said.
"I'm bringing my husband, shouting him a weekend at Netanya and we're going to immerse ourselves in everything going. I'm looking forward to relaxing, seeing what's on offer and blending in."
The new Newman Government Tourism Minister said the ripple effect of the event for producers and small businesses would auger well for the entire region.
"This international fine food celebration showcases restaurants and producers from across the Sunshine Coast, and attracts many of Australia's best restaurants and wine makers. I take my hat off to (organiser) Jim Berardo.
"He is an absolute champion.
"His strong advocacy has seen this festival grow to be as successful as it is today after nine years."
More than 26,000 visitors were expected through the festival gates for the ninth year of the event.