Declared as an election-free zone, the Festival will offer a spectacular taste of the food and produce the Sunshine Coast has to offer as well as a great program of cooking demonstrations and information sessions for those wanting to find out more.
The program was announced at a long-table lunch held at Spicers Clovelly Estate, catered by two-hat chef, Cameron Matthews of The Long Apron restaurant. The very special share menu lunch, for festival stakeholders, was Mr Matthews’ interpretation of the Sunshine Coast’s history of food on a plate.
Festival Director, Julie Shelton said she was thrilled to announce the program and name the array of guest chefs and food experts that would be showcased at the festival.
“We have a full schedule across four exciting venues – as well as plenty of family-friendly entertainment and activities for the kids,” Julie said.
“The Kunara Real Food Kitchen will showcase some of the best local chefs performing cooking demonstrations, including Shane Bailey from Berardo’s in Noosa and Chris White from The Hungry Feel in Buderim,” Julie said.
“The Food for Thought venue is sure to get minds ‘ticking over’, covering discussions ranging from genetically modified foods to the connection between food and spirituality,” Julie said.
“There is even a chance for people to take a food photography workshop, learn how to keep backyard chickens and grow edible gardens at the Jeffers Market Nourishing Ideas and Eumundi Market Food Craft venues,” she said.
Julie said there would be plenty of things to see and do – to suit any age, palate or preference.
Proudly supported by event partner, IGA Sunshine Coast, the festival will also host more than 120 Sunshine Coast based exhibits ranging from specialty foods to food-related products and services.
The Real Food Festival will be held at the Maleny Showgrounds, 13 Stanley River Road, Maleny on 7th – 8th September from 9am to 4pm daily and will showcase an abundance of local foods from Sunshine Coast producers, manufacturers and restaurants. Entry is $15 for a daily adult pass and children under 16 are free.