Discover the flavours of the Sunshine Coast this weekend at Regional Flavours 2018

30 Jul 2018

The Sunshine Coast is fast becoming one of Australia’s favourite taste destinations. It’s distinctive coast and country geography and its abundance of local food producers makes it a natural food bowl and the perfect place for food connoisseurs to explore.

Celebrate the Sunshine Coast’s fresh and bountiful local produce by visiting some of the region’s most inspirational local producers at the Regional Flavours event this weekend at South Bank.

Sunshine Coast local producer stalls

Right across the weekend, you can see some of the coast’s best food and beverage producers on show at the Flavours of the Sunshine Coast stalls opposite The Hunting Club on Little Stanley Street.

Celebrate the coast’s fresh and bountiful produce by sampling ethically farmed and produced camel milk at Q Camel or by tasting mouth-watering pure, raw honey products at Hum Honey. Satisfy your craving for rich, bold, gourmet chocolate at Kokopod and just try to resist the ‘udderly’ good cheese and yoghurt products on show at Kenilworth Dairies. Vegans can indulge in the plant-based cheeses and mayonnaise products from Fenn Foods, and then try organic tempeh, fresh ginger, turmeric and galangal products at Mighty Bean Tempeh. Don't forget to sample the handcrafted cheeses at Woombye Cheese Company, and before you head home, stock up on fresh roasted beans and spiced chai teas at The Fresh Chai Co.

Kenilworth Dairies Credit: Leeroy Todd
Kenilworth Dairies Credit: Leeroy Todd

Cooking demonstrations

Alejandro Cancino - former executive chef of multi-award winning Brisbane restaurant Urbane, now Sunshine Coast Ambassador and Director of Fenn Foods - will headline the coast’s Menu Hub, showcasing his 100% plant-based organic foods.

Alejandro, who creates his own vegan food sold throughout delis across south-east Queensland, has recently relocated to the Sunshine Coast with his family, and plans to open a vegan café in Kuluin near Maroochydore later this year.

“I’ve always wanted to connect with local and organic Sunshine Coast producers and make healthy, wholesome and delicious vegan products in a way that is as environmentally friendly, as possible. There is a large and ever-growing vegan community on the Coast and I wanted to be a part of that.” Alejandro Cancino

Alejandro will partner with Cameron Matthews, Group Consulting Executive Chef for Spicers Luxury Retreats,  on Sunday at 3.30pm on the Queensland Taste Stage to create delicious plant-based, root to stem canapes and snacks called “All the Trimmings”.

Cameron Matthews, also a Sunshine Coast Ambassador at Regional Flavours, will present his “Beefed Up, A Winter Tale” cooking demonstration at the Hunting Club at 12 noon on Saturday, and promote Sunshine Coast produce on stage with Sarah Wilson, founder of I Quit Sugar, at her demonstration Saturday at 10:30am on the Main Stage.

“My inspiration comes from the landscape – both the physical and food landscape of the Sunshine Coast region where we have access to the most extraordinary produce, fishers and makers… abundance certainly abounds. It is truly an edible oasis.” Cameron Matthews

Create your own food adventure

Why not plan a road trip to the Sunshine Coast and create your own fresh food and produce adventure? Create your own food trail based on the region you’d like to explore and your interests - dining, cooking schools, local breweries, farmer’s markets, food trucks and more! Use our Food Trail interactive tool to build your journey around the Sunshine Coast.

Food Trails
Food Trails

Where to find Regional Flavours 2018

Regional Flavours 2018
South Bank Parklands
Little Stanley Street
South Brisbane

10am to 5pm
Saturday 21 July and Sunday 22 July 2018