Sunshine Coast Mayor and Queensland Minister go head-to-head

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson will face off against Queensland Environment Minister, Andrew Powell in an exciting cook-off showdown at the Real Food Festival on Saturday, 8 September.

‘The Mayor & The Minister’ Market Chef cooking challenge will take place at 10am in The Natural Foodstore Real Food Kitchen and will see Mayor Mark Jamieson put his culinary skills to the test against Queensland Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Andrew Powell.

Real Food Festival Director and organiser, Julie Shelton said the Market Chef cook-off was a great way to kick-off the two-day festival and foster some friendly competition.

“The cook-off is a bit of light-hearted fun but I’m sure the two competitors will be taking it a little more seriously,” Julie said.

Each will be given an assortment of ingredients and a recipe, and will be judged against several criteria to determine which team best replicated the dish.

The Market Chef cook-offs have long been a favourite event on the Sunshine Coast, with Peter Wolfe from Cedar Creek Farm Bushfoods running the programme at the Eumundi Markets during school terms.

Peter will also be running a school-based Market Chef competition at the Eumundi Markets Kids Arena on both days of the festival, which will see Maroochydore State High School vs Maleny State High School and Maleny Flexi-School vs United Synergies.

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.

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.

“The Real Food Festival is about authenticity and enjoying nourishing and delicious food that has been grown and prepared right here in our beautiful Sunshine Coast backyard,” Julie said.

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

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