FOOD & FUN AT FES­TI­VAL

Celebrity chef praises event for plan­ning

The Morning Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - Shayla Bul­loch Shayla.Bul­loch@cap­news.com.au

AF­TER five years of at­tend­ing the Capri­corn Food and Wine Fes­ti­val, celebrity chef Shane Bai­ley said it had been the best year yet.

Thou­sands of keen wine-lovers let their taste buds dance over the week­end with an al­most end­less sup­ply of qual­ity wines from all over the coun­try.

Lo­cal food­ies were also out in force sell­ing out stalls on Quay St, all keen for a sam­ple of what Cen­tral Queens­land had to offer.

Mr Bai­ley, ex­ec­u­tive chef at Noosa Boathouse, said more than 500 peo­ple rushed through the gates in the open­ing 10 min­utes on Fri­day.

He said the lo­ca­tion and lay­out was what set the 2017 event apart from pre­vi­ous years.

“This is the best event ever. It’s in the per­fect po­si­tion, there’s a beau­ti­ful breeze and spec­tac­u­lar views,” he said.

“The lay­out is per­fect, there’s plenty of chill-out spots on bean bags or ta­bles closer to the ac­tion.”

Mr Bai­ley said the qual­ity events and mas­ter-classes of delicious pro­duce put the event on an­other level.

“We al­ways try and get chefs who are pas­sion­ate about their work at this event,” he said.

“The com­mu­nity have been so wel­com­ing and ev­ery­one looks like they’re lov­ing it.

“Rocky is grow­ing ev­ery time I’m here and the city is be­com­ing a very beau­ti­ful and unique place to be.”

He said the smooth event was a great suc­cess and next year had big shoes to fill.

“Now ev­ery year just has to get bet­ter and bet­ter,” he said.

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TOP SPOT: Chef Shane Bai­ley with sons Dash, 7, and Archer, 8, at the Food and Wine Fes­ti­val.

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RIGHT: Brooke Lind­ley and Kris­tine Kennedy at the Food and Wine Fes­ti­val.

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FAM­ILY DAY: Lucinda Bai­ley with her sons Archer (8) and Dashiel (7) at the Capri­corn Food and Wine Fes­ti­val on Quay St on the week­end.

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Peo­ple at the Food and Wine Fes­ti­val on Quay St.

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Mel Bai­ley and Mel Coyle at the Food and Wine Fes­ti­val on Quay St on Sun­day.

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Brooke Lind­ley and Kris­tine Kennedy.

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Kal­lum San­der from Baker Moller Mo­ran Tai­lored Bar Ser­vices at the Food and Wine Fes­ti­val on Quay St.

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Pauline Pianta from Tall Pop­pies Cater­ing writ­ing up the menu at the Grilled Amigo at the Food and Wine Fes­ti­val.

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Char­lene McKen­zie, Rachael Stege­mann, Belinda Fer­gu­son and Jess Gud­mann.

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Julie and Phil Obst, Sa­man­tha Hourigan and Ja­son Rothall.

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Kal­lum San­der, Corey Dornom and Ben Jamieson.

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Michael and Belinda Driscoll at the Food and Wine Fes­ti­val on Quay St.

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Aaron and Ainslie But­ler.

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Kate Ed­wards and Court­ney Barnes.

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