The Sunshine Coast is home to an increasing band of serious foodies, adventurous diners and people who just like to eat well in fine surroundings.
Bordered by pristine coast line on one side and lush hinterland on the other, the benefits of a Sunshine Coast lifestyle has attracted many chefs to the area. They revel in the challenge of creating fine food from the stunning array of fresh seasonal produce.
Everything from pineapples and lychees to Asian greens, ginger and bamboo shoots and asparagus, is grown on the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland. Freshly caught seafood, local venison and ducks and the tang of locally-produced wasabi cheddar washed down with a local wine are just some of the flavours you will remember.
For fresh local produce head to the Noosa Farmers Markets and the Eumundi Markets for a wide range of fruit and vegetables plus a dazzling array of condiments, spices, sauces and meal ideas.
The Noosa Food Trail will take you in search of exotic fruits, sunshine-yellow yolked eggs, delicious cheese, freshly pressed olive oil and artisan baked breads. It's a constantly changing feast.
Well known for its restaurant cuisine, fine dining can be found all over the Sunshine Coast. In Noosa's Hastings Street, you can often find a table within arm's length of the beach and enjoy some of the fresh local seafood. Maroochydore and Mooloolaba have great restaurant strips and Caloundra has a growing reputation for food. Surf Clubs on the Sunshine Coast at Noosa, Sunshine, Alexandra and Mooloolaba beaches offer beach front views with family bistro dining options.
The Sunshine Coast Wine Trail explores the fast growing wine region which includes cooler climate wineries set high up in the Hinterland ranges and others near the coast. The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is home to a selection of fine cooking schools and some seriously good restaurants and cafes. Take the time to explore.