2013 Real Food Festival program to be released

The long-anticipated 2013 Real Food Festival program will be revealed over an exclusive lunch for Festival stakeholders at Spicers Clovelly Estate on Wednesday, 7th August.festival-2013-web

The long table meal will be catered by Spicers’ own two-hat chef, Cameron Matthews of The Long Apron restaurant, who will take guests including Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson, on a culinary journey through the history of food on the Sunshine Coast. Each course will tell a story that reflects a different era and the local foods enjoyed at that time.

Festival Director, Julie Shelton said the festival was a celebration of the Sunshine Coast food industry, and what better way to acknowledge our local foods than to eat our way through the history of our region.

“From the lush Hinterland to the sunny beaches, the Sunshine Coast is a unique culinary destination with such a colourful history when it comes to food,” Julie said.

The Sunshine Coast has long been a culinary centre for South-East Queensland, beginning thousands of years ago when the region offered a bounty of bush foods including honey, nuts and roots. During the mid 1800’s, the early European settlers introduced citrus, coffee, sugar, and beef to the region, creating the start of what has now become a booming local food industry.

“We are really excited to release the event program this year, and uncover the amazing line-up of guest chefs, local cooks and food experts that will be at the festival,” Julie said.

“There is a full schedule of presenters across four exciting venues: Kunara Real Food Kitchen, Eumundi Market Food Craft, Food for Thought and Jeffers Market Nourishing Ideas,” Julie said.

Proudly supported by event partner, IGA Sunshine Coast, the festival will host more than 120 Sunshine Coast based exhibits ranging from specialty foods to food-related products and services, with plenty of activities for the kids.

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.

For more information on the Real Food Festival, visit the Festival website at www.realfoodfestival.com.au.

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