Spotlight on our suppliers who champion sustainability | Noosa Eat and Drink

Sustainability Stories From Our Suppliers

We're stoked to be working alongside these suppliers in 2019, who have implemented sustainable practices in their own day to day operations.

Padre Coffee

Noosa-based coffee roastery Padre Coffee has a range of initiatives that support ethical and sustainable production:

Environmentally-friendly packaging: Padre Coffee is dedicated to reducing the use of single-use plastics across the business and introduced fully compostable and biodegradable cups in 2018. These are used in Padre’s cafes and are supplied to wholesale customers in Queensland, NSW and Victoria. They encourage people to bring their own takeaway coffee containers, were the first stockist in Australia for KeepCup, and sell cups from local ceramist Wendy Britton.

Solar: Padre Coffee installed a 20kW solar power system on the roof of its Noosaville roastery in November 2018 which now supports 85% of their total daily energy output. It has cut overall energy costs and ensures most energy usage is carbon neutral.

Green sourcing/sustainability: 100% of the coffee that Padre Coffee roasts is ethical, traceable and sustainable. They develop direct relationships with the growers and work closely with everyone involved in production to ensure sustainable and ethical farming practices.

Find Padre Coffee in the Noosa Food & Wine Festival Village.

Zilzie Wines

The Zilzie goal is to minimise its impact on climate change through reducing water consumption, waste management, packaging reduction, revegetation of the Bulloak reserve and increasing energy efficiency.

The property spans 3200 acres across ancient flood plains of the Murray River where environmental pressures have become increasingly apparent due to the effects of a decade-long drought.

This has highlighted the need to embrace more sustainable practices, especially in water conservation which is a constant priority. Continued efforts from the entire Zilzie team have seen a reduction in water usage, down to an average of 2.17 litres of water per litre of wine produced between 2009 and 2013.

Zilzie’s commitment to water conservation and sustainability has evolved into a total Environmental Management Strategy, and Zilzie are ISO14001 certified and members of Entwine Australia - the wine industry's national environmental assurance program.

The fifth generation of the Forbes family to have lived on the land are committed to leaving the property in a healthy and sustainable state for their children.

Zilzie Wines in the Festival Village.

Cape Byron Distillery

Cape Byron Distillery is owned and run by the Brook family and Jim McEwan on the family’s farm in the Byron Bay hinterland. The family purchased a run-down dairy farm 30 years ago and have since regenerated and replanted more than 35,000 subtropical rainforest trees, creating an oasis for native animals and birds. Of the 26 botanicals in Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin, 18 are sourced locally, many from their own rainforest.

Cape Byron Distillery is a proud supporter of the Big Scrub Landcare group, whose mission is to preserve what is left and encourage other landowners to plant subtropical trees.

The Northern Rivers rainforest is home to many unique, edible native species and botanicals – the perfect pantry for creating a world-class gin. In spring, the rainforest teams with flowers, native raspberries and varieties of riberry; in summer, the native jerseyana variety of Davisonia plum becomes the backbone for their Slow Gin; autumn and winter bring a new landscape of flavour, and there are perennial flavours such as native ginger, cinnamon and aniseed myrtle.

Find Brookie’s Gin by Cape Byron Distillery in the Festival Village.


LVMH, the world’s largest luxury conglomerate which includes Festival sponsor, the House of Moet & Chandon, views protecting the environment as not simply an obligation, but an imperative. They created the LIFE (LVMH Initiatives For the Environment) program in 2012 to elevate the environmental performance of the Group and its ‘Maisons’. This included the LVMH Lighting program which aimed to reduce CO2 emissions by 25% by 2020, with the use of less energy-hungry technologies in its 4700 stores worldwide. LVMH Lighting is spearheading the Group’s plans to transition 100% of its stores to reliable, environmentally-friendly, sustainable and cost-effective LED technology by 2020.

LVMH Lighting supports architectural teams at its ‘Maisons’, installing new and innovative LED lighting that is still elegant, enhancing retail spaces and products. LVMH also encourages environmental excellence at its Maisons through the LIFE in Stores Awards, rewarding the most outstanding achievements from its Group stores.

A training program is also in place to help architects and store planners maximise the environmental performance of stores.

Moet & Chandon in the Festival Village, on Hastings Street, in Noosa restaurants and on the beach.

Innocent Bystander

From the Healesville region of the Yarra Valley, Innocent Bystander has a wine history that dates back over 100 years which has been cemented in the past 15 years, largely thanks to the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay they produce.

All Innocent Bystander wines are served at their restaurant and cellar door, fresh from temperature-controlled and 100 per cent recyclable kegs. Innocent Bystander replicates this experience at events to deliver memorable wine experiences, so they have developed a draught bar which uses the same system.

Taste Innocent Bystander’s wines from recyclable kegs in the Festival Village.



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