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Australia is host to many different festivals and carnivals - probably the most famous being Sydney’s flamboyant Mardi Gras and Melbourne’s International Comedy Festival, to name just a few.

But last week, we attended Australia’s leading regional Food and Wine Festival in Noosa.

Although I love great food, and I have definitely be known to partake in the odd bottle of wine or three, the reason why we decided to check this festival out was for the live entertainment.

Topping the bill on the opening night was Bjorn Again - the world-class ABBA tribute band… and they were fantastic!

No amount of driving rain could stop us from gyrating like lunatics at the back of the outdoor concert to all the ABBA classics like Waterloo, Mama Mia, Fernando... Living on a Prayer….


……yeah, I think they threw that one in to prove they aren’t just a one-trick pony.

Anyway, while we danced about soaked through to our undies, waitresses carted about delicious gourmet treats on silver platters for us to sample…. the wine flowed and the food kept coming - could it get any better?

Well, we didn’t get thrown out for sneaking in tuna mayonnaise sandwiches and Cheezels for the kids - but then what would they want with ‘delicate degustations of oak-smoked salmon inuendos’ or whatever they were.

A great night was had by all. Just another example of Australia’s wonderful festivals - even though we looked like we had joined an all-in mud-wrestling competition by the time we left to go home. Who needs Glastonbury?

For more information on the festivals of Oz, check out:

Vicky Gray

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