Festival announces debut food fair

The Curated Plate Culinary Festival announces debut food fair program

The Food Fair at Black Swan Park, Cotton Tree Maroochydore | 9 - 11 August

The Curated Plate​, the upcoming four-day destination food festival debuting on the Sunshine Coast ​next month, has announced its vibrant Food Fair program.

Guests can see, touch, sip, smell and taste the best of what the Sunshine Coast has to offer, with masterclasses, chef talks and cooking demonstrations, and a host of local and national eateries over three delicious days at Black Swan Park. 

The Food Fair will showcase local businesses and producers with free and ticketed masterclasses, like​ Spirit House cooking school, beer tastings by ​Your Mates Brewing Co​, and how to make coffee-based cocktails and mocktails with ​Sunshine Coast Coffee Roasters​. Each masterclass ​will be introduced by ​Kim McCosker​, Australian author of ‘4 Ingredients’ and Sunshine Coast local.

There will be free​ demonstrations and chef talks ​from the incredible stable of international and Australian talent involved in the festival, hosted by award-winning food personality, Lyndey Milan OAM​.​ Zaiyu Hasegawa from Den in Japan, recently named the 11th best restaurant in The World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards, will demonstrate his creative and artistic culinary technique on local produce from the Sunshine Coast region.  

Peter Gilmore (Quay, Sydney) and​Troy Rhoades-Brown (Muse, Hunter Valley) will share stories of their ‘Own Backyard’ and how this translates into their kitchens, while Darren Robertson (Three Blue Ducks, The Farm Byron Bay) and​ Clayton Wells ​(Automata, A1 Canteen) will talk sustainability and sourcing local.​ Alanna Sapwell​ (ARC Dining and Wine Bar) will  showcase the finger lime in a surprisingly sweet cooking demonstration joined by Jade King of Green Valley Fingerlimes, Joel Valvasori-Pereza ​(Lulu La Delizia, Perth) will showcase local produce in a pasta inspired cooking demonstration, and Chase Kojima ​(Sokyo, Sydney)​ ​will teach the art of fish-skillery with Walker Seafoods Australia.

Each day there will be a range of​bars and eateries ​for guests to feast upon such as Philippino favourites​ Hoy Pinoy using local products from​ Gourmet Afrika​, produced in picturesque Maleny; ​Fever Tree, the best tasting mixers in the world will unveil their Ultimate Gin & Tonic Bar where guests can discover their favourite Gin & Tonic pairing.​; ​Hartwells ​and ​Craftwerk serving local drinks from ​Brouhaha Brewery, Your Mates Brewing Co and Sunshine Coast Cider​; ​Gelato Messina ​will bring their infamous creations to the Sunshine Coast for the very first time  creating two exclusive desserts inspired by some of the best local produce;​TAFE Queensland will showcase the talents of their highly experienced cookery teachers as well as up-and-coming local apprentice chefs offering a range of Asian-fusion inspired dishes; and ​Coco Shack​ will serve fresh coconuts and delicious non-alcoholic options.

Registration for ​Free Entry​ will be available via the following link - ​Pre-Register for free entry to Food Fair $5 entry on the day for adults (children under 16 get free entry) with 50% of proceeds going to charity partner ​Rural Aid. 

Opening Hours:

  • Friday, 9 August: 16:00 – 22:00
  • Saturday, 10 August: 12:30 – 22:00
  • Sunday, 11 August: 12:30 – 21:00

For more information visit: www.thecuratedplate.com.au