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Saturday 1 April 2023

Sunshine Coast to showcase local produce

Over 300 local gourmet businesses on the Sunshine Coast will be featured in the Curated Plate festival.

From Caloundra to Coolum and Buderim to Beerwah, the Curated Plate will feature more than 100 events showcasing local producers and suppliers over 10 days July 28 to August 6.

Hospitality hubs including Maleny, Mapleton, Mooloolaba and Maroochydore are ready to offer a taste of the Sunshine Coast.

Signature events on the program unveiled this week include the Sunshine Coast Asian Food Festival; MooloolaBARS, a one-day beer and beverage event across Mooloolaba venues and bars; and a free, family-friendly From Paddock to Curated Plate event.

The festival will focus on the region’s produce with visitors able to follow the trawlers bringing in Mooloolaba prawns and other seafood to plates at the waterfront See Restaurant.

Produce from the Falls Farm in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland will see four young chefs tasked with creating a dish from one winter vegetable at the Mapleton Public House restaurant.

Chef Cameron Matthews will mentor the chefs through their culinary creative process to present a four-course degustation that celebrates the importance of sustainable agriculture and the impact of good food on our lives.

Sustainability will also be at the heart of Palmwood’s Homegrown Café with its Zero Waste Garden To Plate Lunch.

he festival will also feature workshops in plant-based cooking, oyster shucking, and combining whisky & tequila with chocolate and there will also be a Beer & BBQ degustation dinner at award-winning Moffat Beach Brewing.

Indigenous food experiences will include a Taste Native Australia dinner and a Bush Tucker by the River cruise organised by Saltwater Eco Tours.

This year's Curated Plate festival will be more accessible for interstate and regional visitors with new airline Bonza, bringing 13 additional direct services from state capitals and regional centres to Sunshine Coast Airport. Bonza joins Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar and Air New Zealand in servicing Sunshine Coast Airport.

The Curated Plate is an event initiative of Sunshine Coast Council and supported by Tourism and Events Queensland, Sunshine Coast Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) and Visit Sunshine Coast.

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