Check out these food and wine festivals in 2017
IF FOOD is your thing, and you do not mind washing down a good meal with a glass or two (or few) of vino, a number of regional festivals should be on your to-do list this year.
From the coast to the country, smaller towns to larger regional centres will host foodies while showing off local produce and chefs' skills.
The 18th South Burnett Wine and Food in the Park Festival at Kingaroy on March 11 will showcase wines from across the region, plus eight hours of non-stop live music and a number of food options on site.
Head to the Hunter Valley in New South Wales for The Maitland Taste Festival showcasing local produce and wines. It will have a number of experts on edible gardening, cooking and biodiversity. The party there also starts on March 11.
Further north, the Feast of the Senses at Innisfail in north Queensland will focus on tropical fruits, meat, seafood and other produce during a 10-day program that starts on March 23.
The Noosa Food and Wine Festival organisers are promising 70 events across the four-day event from May 18-21. More than 50 wineries and 100 food producers will take part in this year's festival (pictured). Noosa's Hastings St will again be transformed into an outdoor dining area for the Long Lunch, with matching wines.
A total of 45 visiting chefs will also take part in this year's festival. Tickets are on sale now.
Inland, get a roll on to the annual Goomeri Pumpkin Festival, on May 28. It started off with a few pumpkins being rolled down a hill in the South Burnett town, and the event now attracts about 14,000 visitors each year. In a celebration of all things pumpkin, visitors can eat a number of dishes featuring the vegetable, get into a pumpkin throwing competition or the Great Australian Pumpkin Roll, or chill out and watch the street parade.
The Central and North Burnett food bowl is the focus of The Bundaberg Region Winterfeast, which starts on July 7 and finishes on July 16. The festival promises a jam-packed program.