12 things you need to know about Australia’s newest food festival

25 Mar 2019

A revolutionary new food festival is coming to the Sunshine Coast, and it’s going to change the way people view regional dining.

The Curated Plate, which will be held from 8-11 August, will celebrate the relationship between chef and producer in a series of incredible events that span the entire Sunshine Coast.

The recently announced debut program reads like a who’s who of the culinary scene, with the best chefs from across Australia and indeed the world converging in region for the four-day celebration of local produce.

Unlike other festivals, the event will be held across the Sunshine Coast, from lush locations in the hinterland to four-course dining experiences on the world-famous Mooloolaba Beach.

Immerse yourself in the flavours that define the region as you explore everything that makes the Sunshine Coast Australia’s premier food destination, plate in hand.

Take part in farmgate tours, sample the local craft beer scene and discover why Sunshine Coast seafood is amongst the world’s best.

Below we have listed the 12 debut feature events, with the first tickets to go on sale this week.

Get in early, your tastebuds will thank us later.

1. Good Food presents The Legends Lunch, Yandina Station

The legendary Peter Gilmore and one of Australia’s most talked about chefs, Analiese Gregory will join forces again in the kitchen for an all-out lavish, long lunch, held in the stunning surrounds of Yandina Station. Overlooking the breathtaking Mount Coolum, Gilmore and Gregory will prepare an incredible three-course lunch, served with matched wines.  

2. Good Food presents Seasonal Stars, Mooloolaba Beach Restaurant

A breathtaking four-course dining experience, featuring one of the finest international chefs, Raymond Blanc OBE and two Australian-based prodigies, Alejandro Cancino & Troy Rhoades-Brown. This exclusive dinner features paired wines. 

3. Good Food presents A Hinterland Harvest, Wedding at Tiffany’s

A Hinterland Harvest is as much about the brilliance of the food as it is about the location, atmosphere and unprecedented experience with world-class chefs. Enjoy a spectacular four-course lunch with paired wines prepared by a tour de force of international and domestic culinary talent including Raymond Blanc OBE, Nelly Robinson and local plant-based champion Alejandro Cancino.

4. Good Food presents Wild Forage Dining, Mooloolaba Beach

This magnificent event truly puts wild Sunshine Coast in the spotlight. Japan’s Zaiyu Hasegawa, whose restaurant Den was voted Best Restaurant in Japan (Asia 50 Best Restaurants 2018), joins Chase Kojima of Sydney’s hatted Sokyo, and Matt Stone, executive chef of the Yarra Valley’s stunning hatted Oakridge Estate, as they prepare an incredible four-course dinner with matched wines using the best locally-sourced ingredients. 

5. Spicers Den, The Tamarind, Spicers Tamarind Retreat

Michelin-star chef Zaiyu Hasegawa, classically-trained Executive Chef Daniel Jarrett and Gelato Messina’s Donato Toce will collaborate at Jarrett’s stunning restaurant, The Tamarind, for a unique, five-course dinner with matching wines.

6. A Regional Evolution, Mooloolaba Beach

The illustrious Australian chef Clayton Wells of two-hatted Automata and Sunshine Coast local Nick Blake, owner of Wild Forage Australia, will join their neighbour from across the ditch Monique Fiso, owner and head chef of Wellington’s Hiakai for a forage-focused dining experience. Together Clayton, whose menus are so seasonally-based that they rotate weekly, Monique’s sophisticated boundary-pushing concepts and forage-champion Nick, will showcase the quality of the Sunshine Coast’s premium local produce in this exquisite four-course dinner with matched wines. 

7. Urban List presents Feijoa Fiesta, Hinterland Feijoas

Graze the afternoon away at Australia’s first certified organic feijoa farm on the Sunshine Coast, with a menu celebrating the unique flavours of the feijoa fruit. Bringing the farm to the table for a grazing menu are Clayton Wells, Matt Stone and Darren Robertson, who share the philosophy of preparing fresh, sustainable, locally-sourced whole-foods.

8. Urban List presents The Elements Long Lunch, Mooloolaba Beach

A spectacular four-course menu created by three highly-awarded chefs who push the limits of cooking to reveal flavour in its purest form. New Zealander, Monique Fiso of Hiakai, Alanna Sapwell and culinary-nomad Analiese Gregory will delight the senses over a lunch with paired wines.      

9. The Beach Cinema, Eleanor Shipley Park, Moffat Beach Caloundra

Going to the movies never looked so good - join us at the Sunshine Coast’s most picturesque cinema.   Transforming Eleanor Shipley Park, Moffat Beach every night to a celebration of food, film and fun. Savour the sunset with a burger in one hand and a beer in the other. Gelato Messina are also collaborating with local producers to create some sweet treats.

10. The Food Fair at Black Swan Park, Cotton Tree, Maroochydore

A curated food fair for the senses - see, touch, sip, smell and taste the best of what the Sunshine Coast has to offer.  Talk to the producers, enjoy pop-ups by local eateries and some family fun with entertainers.

11. The Culinary Collective, various Sunshine Coast-based restaurants

Australians are known for their hospitality, so a selection of the Sunshine Coast's best restaurants have opened their kitchens and invited The Curated Plate’s guest chefs in for a series of collaboration lunch and dinners. Details on the chefs and restaurants will be announced and on sale from 29 April.

12. The Destination Series, across the Sunshine Coast

The Curated Plate also has an exciting extended program full of food and destination led experiences put together by those who know the region best - the locals. From Jet Ski food safaris, Hinterland helicopter tours to horse riding along the picturesque Sunshine Coast beaches, craft beer tours and Opera & firework displays, the full program – running from 5 to 19 August - will be announced and on sale from May.