Real Food Festival expects to draw large crowds

Thousands are expected to flock to Maleny on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland this weekend for a two-day fiesta of food and fun at the Real Food Festival.

The festival, now in its second year, is anticipated to be even bigger and better than last year, with a full festival program across four exciting venues and plenty of family-friendly entertainment.

Festival Director, Julie Shelton said last year we received an overwhelming response to the festival with more than 4,500 visitors attending, so this year we extended the festival over two-days to cater for larger numbers.

“We have an amazing line-up of exhibitors, guest chefs and food experts – there is something to suit any palate and preference,” Julie said.

The festival will host more than 120 Sunshine Coast-based exhibitors ranging from specialty foods to food-related products and services. Visitors will also have the opportunity to taste the flavours of the world from more than 30 ready-to-eat food stalls offering a range of international cuisines including Indian, Thai, English, modern Australian, Mexican, Greek, Italian and more.

“There is an incredibly diverse range of exhibitors this year, covering everything from growing your own food to cheese and yoghurt-making,” Julie said.

Crowds will be following their noses to The Natural Food Store Real Food Kitchen where talented local chefs and special guest, Martin Boetz will be tantalizing taste buds with a series of cooking demonstrations. Head to the Food For Thought venue to join in discussions on a range of food topics or hear from leading experts on healthy eating and food trends in the Jeffers Market Nourishing Ideas tent.

“We also have a very special new addition to the festival this year, the REEL Food Film Festival, which will showcase a series of short ‘food’ films by local filmmakers and an international documentary,” Julie said.

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

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