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Port Douglas Food and Wine Carnivale

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by Blake (subscribe)
Lives in Cairns & tropical Far North Queensland, on a fresh water creek in the rainforest, not far from the beach. There are so many bits of paradise here! Find out all the best spots and things to do in Cairns & Port Douglas & Palm Cove from a local
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Party like it's 1925 at Port Douglas Food & Wine Carnivale
Port Douglas Four Mile Beach
Port Douglas Four Mile Beach

If there's one thing the locals in Cairns know, it's not to miss out on the Port Douglas Food and Wine week, also called Port Douglas Carnivale and A Taste of Paradise, every May. The theme this year for the Food and Wine Carnivale is Roaring Twenties, so maybe Baz and Catherine will pop over from Cannes via Cairns Airport. It always pays to keep an eye open in Port, you never know who you can see.

Yes it is very weather dependent, but when the sun shines, so does Port Douglas. Wear your most comfortable flats, your most fashionable sunglasses, a hat always helps and something cool and loose to wear (an expanding belt always helps when there is so much delicious seafood to choose from).

Year round there's some great local Port Douglas things to do, so here's a list for May 2013 that all go extremely well with a bottle of Bollinger (optional of course).

1. Sheraton Mirage Longest Lunch is on Friday May 17th and is a real mixture of TV celebrities, aporting greats, locals that love to live, small business owners that never lunch, and surprise visitors from all over. At this event, you're welcome to introduce yourself at any table which makes for some colourful conversations.

Port Douglas markets
Port Douglas fresh fruit at markets
2. Sunday Port Douglas markets are on every weekend and they are always a pleasure to stroll around. There is always a new craftsperson setting up their marque to discover, definitely all locally made. Try a cup of Green Ant Tea too.

3. Virgin Australia Food and Wine Taste of Port is the best event of the week. It happens on Saturday evening, sitting in the park looking north to the rainforest NS east over the Coral Sea. The theme this year is Roaring Twenties NS there will be dancing on the tables for sure. Try to be at your table for sunset, the view is fantastic.

Hot Air Balloon Port Douglas
Hot Air Balloon Port Douglas
4. Live a little when you visit Port and take off for a gentle ride with Hot Air Balloon Port Douglas. If ballooning is on your list, then the weather here almost guarantees your take-off. And yes more spectacular views to capture on your iPhone.

5. Last but not least is the Port Douglas Seafood Extravaganza on the boardwalk at the Marina for Sunday lunch. There's a choice of local fundraisers that have local seafood dishes, so it's worth mingling and trying and tasting a few. The visitors from Cairns, an hour down the road, never miss this one. A very pleasant way to sit, stroll, sip and sup on seafood until the sun sets.
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Why? Colourful, fun, delicious; Port Douglas at it's best
When: Every day May 17 to May 26
Where: Macrossan Street, Port Douglas, Qld
Cost: Some free events, food costs
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