Real Food Festival Celebrates one month until event!

The 2015 Real Food Festival organisers will start the month countdown to the big event with a sneak peak of the festival at a long table lunch prepared by Rory Thorpe  for Festival stakeholders at Spicers Tamarind Retreat on Tuesday (4th August).


Not only can visitors indulge in the region’s best produce at over 100 exhibition stalls, the can learn from more than 60 presenters, with more than 50 sessions across eight venues, not to mention more entertainment.

Festival Director Julie Shelton said she was excited about this year’s festival and hopes visitors take advantage of all the expertise that is on offer.

“We have two new venues at this year including the Coffee Pavillion and the Eat My Words venue, which will focus on food writing, food bloggers, cookbook authors and restaurant reviewers.

“Venues making a return include cooking demonstraions in the Real Food Kitchen, expert speakers at Food for Thought, con­versations about diet and health at Nour­ishing Ideas, learn tips and techniques at Food Craft, and learn all about growing the best quality food at Kitchen Garden as well as lots of great kids activities in the Little Sprouts area.

The 2015 Real Food Festival will feature many chefs including globally renowned Aus­tralian chef and food writer Christine Man­field, award-wining and leader in the food industry, Javier Codina from Brisbane’s Moda Restaurant. Both chefs will work with local producers to create mouth-watering dishes.

The Sunshine Coast Real Food Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of a dynamic calendar of events throughout the state. It is also supported by Sunshine Coast Council and Sunshine Coast Destination Limited.

The event is expecting 10,000 visitors through the gates over the Festival weekend.  There will be over 50 presentations at eight different venues including cooking demonstrations, chef talks, expert presentations, interactive workshops and kids activities within the Festival as well as over 100 food exhibitors from throughout the Sunshine Coast region.

The Real Food Festival will be held at the Maleny Showgrounds, 13 Stanley River Road, Maleny on 12 & 13 September from 9am to 4pm daily and will showcase an abundance of good foods from Sunshine Coast producers, manufacturers and restaurants.  Entry is $20 for a daily adult pass and children under 16 are free.

For more information on the Real Food Festival, visit the website at

Tickets are available at the Festival or you can also purchase your tickets via Ticketmaster – just go to and search for Real Food Festival.

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