It's Carnivale in Port Douglas

I’ve always wanted to be a poster girl and now my ambition has finally been realised by the kind folk of Port Douglas.

My face, along with other more luminous foodies including Ben O'Donoghue, Leigh Sexton and David Hopgood and Natascha Mirosch, is plastered on the poster for this year’s Port Douglas Carnivale, held from May 17-26. 

It’s a 10-day celebration of food, fun and entertainment, showcasing the best of tropical north Queensland from glamorous gourmet events to the community spirited Macrossan Street Parade. Highlights include the Sheraton Mirage Longest Lunch, a family beach day, yacht racing, fashion, wine tastings, rodeo and much more.

Port Douglas Carnivale manager Ken Dobbs said the 2013 event program was the largest and most diverse ever to be put together by the team at Carnivale.

“Port Douglas Carnivale has continued to grow and evolve into one of Australia’s leading festivals and these new events prove that people are hungry for more,” he said

I’ve been enlisted to assist with ‘A Taste of Paradise’, Carnivale’s newest and free event. From 9am on Saturday May 25 it will be food heaven on the rustic Sugar Wharf with celebrity chefs, including Ben O’Donohuge, local food and wine producers, MKR contestants David Hopgood and Leigh Sexton, tastings and cooking displays

The night before, Friday, May 24, Sugar Wharf will be transformed with beaded chandeliers and luxurious decor for one special night of Palates of Port. This eight-course degustation dinner under the stars will be catered for by eight of the region’s top restaurants, with matching wines and jazz entertainment. Tickets to this Gatsby-themed banquet are $169.50 per person. 

Kerry Heaney

Disclaimer:  Ed+bk is an invited guest to Port Douglas for the Carnivale’s ‘A Taste of Paradise’ event