Australia’s leading talent in modern Asian cuisine headlines Real Food Festival

One of Australia’s leading connoisseurs in contemporary Asian cuisine, Chef Martin Boetz will headline at this year’s Real Food Festival to celebrate and experience some of the best local produce in Queensland.

Martin is the Executive Chef of the renowned Longrain restaurants in Sydney and Melbourne and specialises in modern, Thai-inspired Asian foods. Drawing his inspiration from and using some of the finest produce from across the Sunshine Coast region, Martin will recreate one of his mouth-watering dishes that promises to tickle taste buds.

Martin said he was really excited to be visiting the Sunshine Coast and supporting a festival that celebrates quality food production in the local area.

“I am passionate about cooking with the freshest, local produce and ingredients and finding the perfect balance of flavours,” Martin said.

The Real Food Festival will be held at the Maleny Showgrounds, 13 Stanley River Road, Maleny on 8th – 9th September from 9am to 4pm daily and is a celebration of the local food industry, showcasing an abundance of freshly grown, local foods from Sunshine Coast producers, manufacturers and restaurants.

Martin will be hosting his cooking demonstration in The Natural Foodstore Real Food Kitchen at 2.30pm on Saturday, 8th September.

Born in Germany, Martin developed his enthusiasm for cooking at a young age and began his journey with food as an apprentice at Lennon’s Brisbane Hotel. Moving to Sydney in 1990, Martin went on to work at a number of Sydney restaurants and hotels where he realised his love and passion for Asian cuisine.

In 1999, Martin and his business partner, Sam Christie launched Longrain Restaurant and Bar in Sydneys’ Surry Hills followed by the Longrain Melbourne in 2005. With both restaurants continuing to receive rave reviews, Martin proceeded to release his first cookbook, Longrain Modern Thai Food and develop a range of Longrain Asian sauces called Longrain Produce for the aspiring home cook.

The festival is a weekend-long culinary adventure, featuring more than one hundred exhibitors and hosting a range of cooking demonstrations, kids activities, discussions and live local music. Entry is $12 for a one-day adult pass or $20 for both days. Children under 16 are free.

For more information on the Real Food Festival, or to register your interest, visit the Festival website at or email

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