Sunshine Coast Mayor vs. Queensland Minister in Festival cook-off

Queensland Environment Minister, Andrew Powell will go head-to-head with Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson in an exciting cook-off at the Real Food Festival on Saturday, 7th September

‘The Mayor & The Minister’ cook-off will start at 11.30am in the Kunara Real Food Kitchen and will be facilitated by Free Ranging Chef, Peter Wolfe.  Mayor Mark Jamieson narrowly won the challenge against Minister Powell last year and is keen to defend his title in 2013.

Festival Director, Julie Shelton said the cook-off would see the culinary skills of both men put to the test. 

“The cook-off is always a crowd pleaser and a great way to kick-off the two day festival,” Julie said.

 “Mayor Mark Jamieson and Minister Powell know the stakes are high, competition will be fierce and provide great entertainment.”

Both contestants are great supporters of local food producers and the Real Food Festival, which is now in its third year.

Mayor Jamieson and Minister Powell will need to replicate a dish demonstrated by Chef Peter, using bushfoods and local ingredients.  The criteria for judging will include technique, presentation and, of course, taste.

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 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, proudly supported by event partner IGA Sunshine Coast, is a weekend-long culinary adventure, featuring more than 110 Sunshine Coast based exhibits ranging from specialty foods to food-related products and services.

There will also be a full schedule of cooking demonstrations and information sessions across its four exciting venues – the Kunara Real Food Kitchen, Jeffers Market Nourishing Ideas, Food for Thought and Eumundi Market Food Craft.   Entry is $15 for a daily adult pass and 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, visit the Festival website at

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