Real Food Festival presenters offer skills for sustainable living

The Sunshine Coast’s 2013 Real Food Festival will play host to a range of presenters that will provide valuable skills to help people live and eat sustainably.

The two-day Festival, held from 7th to 8th September, is a celebration of the Sunshine Coast real food community, bringing together the best local produce and food services from paddock to plate.

Festival Director, Julie Shelton said the Festival was not only a celebration of food, but also provided a great place for people to increase their knowledge, learn practical skills and connect with local food experts and ask questions.

“We wanted to create an event that would act as a hub for everything food, and most importantly to have people walk away from the Festival with a greater knowledge and passion for food,” Julie said.

“There will be a full schedule of food experts and local chefs presenting throughout the weekend across the Festival’s four exciting venues – the Kunara Real Food Kitchen, Food for Thought, Jeffers Market Nourishing Ideas and Eumundi Markets Food Craft,” Julie said.

The Eumundi Markets Food Craft venue will see Robin Clayfield present a workshop about permaculture on Saturday at 11.30am. This will be followed by presentations on fermentation and how to cook with home-grown produce.

The Jeffers Market Nourishing Ideas venue will also host a range of presentations on sustainable living, including a segment from Kirstie Henning from City Chicks demonstrating how to keep backyard chickens on Saturday, 11.30am, and another on Sunday at 10.30am presented by Cath Manuel from Centre for Growing Sustainability on showing how to grow food in any garden.

Cath Manuel said her presentation would offer an easy, step-by-step process on how to create an organic garden at home.

“I will cover everything a person needs to know, from the first stages of planning the garden, to knowing what to plant and then harvesting the produce – from soil to supper,” Cath 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 or for more information on the Real Food Festival, visit the Festival website at

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