Local Festival offers smorgasbord of international flavours

Visitors to the Real Food Festival will have the opportunity to taste the flavours of the world this year, with more than 30 ready-to-eat stalls offering a range of international cuisines.

The festival, held from 7th to 8th September in Maleny is a celebration of the Sunshine Coast’s local food industry from paddock to plate.

Festival Director, Julie Shelton said guests could eat their way around the globe, with the festival featuring traditional foods from Africa, Brazil, Italy, Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Vietnam, Mexico, Germany, and of course, modern Australia.

“The variety of the foods on offer this year will be amazing – something to suit any age, palate or preference,” Julie said.

The presenting chefs, including Chris White from Hungry Feel Eating House, Laurent Vancam from Chef Laurent, Monica Topliss from Kunara Organic Cafe, Cameron Matthews from The Long Apron at Spicers Clovelly Estate and Chris Bond from Pomodoras on Obi, will each be cooking up a storm in the Kunara Real Food Kitchen throughout the weekend.

Monica Topliss’ new cookbook, ‘Topliss in the Kitchen: the secrets to a good life without gluten’, will also be available for sale at the festival, featuring a delicious selection of gluten free recipes, many that are vegan and dairy free too.

“The cooking demonstrations are a great way for people to learn how to use fresh local produce to make restaurant quality dishes in the comfort of their own homes,” Julie said.

“We have a full festival program and a fantastic line-up of presenters, food experts and chefs across four exciting venues,” Julie said.

Proudly supported by event partner, IGA Sunshine Coast, the festival will also host more than 110 Sunshine Coast based exhibits ranging from specialty foods to food-related products and services, as well as plenty of family friendly entertainment and 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.

To view the 2013 Festival Program, visit www.realfoodfestival.com.au/2013-program or for more information about the Real Food Festival, visit the Festival website at www.realfoodfestival.com.au.

Image (Left РRight): Chris White from Hungry Feel Eating House, Laurent Vancam from Chef Laurent,  Monica Topliss from Kunara Organic Cafe, Cameron Matthews from The Long Apron at Spicers Clovelly Estate and Chris Bond from Pomodoras on Obi.

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