8 June 2012 by Luke McCormick
Noosa's high street is set to become Australia's most sought-after pop-up restaurant this August as part of the Noosa Jazz Festival.
Noosa, on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, is transforming its central thoroughfare, Hastings Street, into a pop-up restaurant for 600 guests this August. Tastings on Hastings, part of the annual Noosa Jazz Festival, will see guests wined and dined on the best local fare, while being entertained by a roving stage of jazz musicians and buskers.
The lunch will be a highlight of the four-day festival, which runs from 30 August to 02 September 2012. This iconic Queensland music event, which marks the start of Australian Spring, celebrates all genres of jazz, from traditional to modern funk, blues, indie, alternate pop and progressive music. There will be over 90 performances from Australian and international artists in local restaurants and open-air venues overlooking Noosa's stunning main beach and river.
The 2012 program includes headline acts Bill Watrous & San Gabriel 7s, James Morrison, and Liam Burrows, who was recently named Best Jazz Artist at the 2012 Australian MusicOz Awards. Other artists announced for 2012 include Moroccan jazz guitarist Albare, Motown legend Gil Askey, and renowned Australian artists Ed Wilson, Bob Barnard, Monsieur Camembert and Andrew Lawson.
Noosa, on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, is on the East Coast of Australia, just two and a half hours drive north of Brisbane.
A popular beach destination, Noosa is bordered by sea, river, rainforest, pristine lakes, national parks and bush, making it the ideal base for a range of outdoor activities. The Noosa region's natural beauty and unique approach to sustainable living led to it being recognised in 2007 as Queensland's first Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Noosa's main beach was also voted one the top three beaches in the South Pacific in the Tripadvisor's Travellers Choice 2011 Awards, as voted by independent travellers.
Tickets went on sale on 28th May, and feature a mix of free and ticketed events, with ticketed prices starting from $20. For more information visit www.noosajazz.com.au.