SIMPLY DELICIOUS: Slow roasted lamb in brik pastry at Sails Restaurant Noosa.
SIMPLY DELICIOUS: Slow roasted lamb in brik pastry at Sails Restaurant Noosa. Contributed

2015 festival very popular

Now the Noosa Long Weekend Festival has packed up and taken a last bow for 2015, it is time to reflect, but not to sit on laurels. Organisers are already at the drawing board for 2016.

After 20 sold out performances, a further six performances with over 90% of all tickets sold, a 23% increase in box office tickets sold over budget, and a 16% increase over budget in total box office sales, representing a 40% increase on 2014 box office results, you could say the festival was an outstanding success.

The food events were a popular highlight which whets the appetitive for more next year.

The Luscious Lamb on Hastings St proved a delicious culinary idea. Three restaurants all within easy walking distance of each other, three delicious lamb dishes prepared with great care.

The good time began at Gaston where owner Pascal Turschwell and chef Dan Penfold presented sticky Sichuan lamb ribs with Asian slaw.

Then it was a leisurely stroll to the glamorous Locale at the French Quarter end of Hasting St, to be greeted by Rio Capurso and a warming dish of slow cooked lamb ragu with gnocchi.

With bellies still expecting more it was a quick hop across the road to Sails (with its gorgeous beachside location) for slow roasted lamb in brik pastry with roasted cauliflower and an eggplant and goat curd puree. That went down a treat with several glasses of Amadio 2013 White Label Merlot.

Three delicious treatments of lamb. A great success, made more so with a sweet finish of wild honey and buttermilk pannacotta.

Festival director Johanne Wright said the festival food events were stunning this year and surefire favourites.

"Our one and only Seafood Seduction progressive lunch involving Wasabi, Ricky's and Rock Salt was the very first event of the festival to sell out," she said.

"Luscious Lamb on Hastings St soon followed with diners snapping up tickets to the first sitting and only two tickets left for the second sitting.

"Thomas Corner Eatery's, The Best of Regional Queensland lunch was also very popular, with David Rayner using beautiful local fresh produce to create a mouth- watering menu.

"The Slow Food with Film Event was sold out very quickly as well. This event is always popular and the movie was great fun. Our signature wine and food event this year was at Ricky's with Branden White serving a stunning a five course degustation menu with matching wines from Amadio. This was a magical night that was heavily patronised.

"We are blessed to have so many wonderful restaurants and gifted chefs in our part of the world."

More to look forward to next year.

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