Sunshine Coast prepares for food festival extravaganza

The Real Food Festival is just around the corner, and will once again bring together the best local produce and services from paddock to plate.festival-2013-web

Record crowds are expected to flock to Maleny on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland to tickle their tastebuds at the two-day festival from the 7th to 8th September that aims to celebrate the Sunshine Coast real food community.

Festival Director, Julie Shelton said she was looking forward to launching the details of this year’s festival program on 7th August.

“We have a full festival schedule across four exciting venues, with a great line-up of exhibitors, guest chefs and food experts, as well as plenty of family-friendly entertainment – there is something to suit any palate and preference,” Julie said.

Proudly supported by event partner, IGA Sunshine Coast, 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 at a wide range of ready-to-eat food stalls and experience a variety of activities including cooking and ‘how to’ demonstrations in the Kunara Real Food Kitchen and Eumundi Market Food Craft tent, or join in on the information sessions and discussions at the Food For Thought or Jeffers Market Nourishing Ideas venues.  

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

“The festival last year received an overwhelming response, attracting more than 8,000 visitors, and I’m sure this year will be even bigger and better than the last,” Julie said.   

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.

The admission fee includes automatic entry into the Real Food Festival major prize competition, giving you the chance to win a luxury package worth more than $1,500 including accommodation and meals at either of two multi-award winning Spicers properties; Clovelly Estate in Montville or Tamarind Retreat in Maleny.

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

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