Sunshine Coast food festival focuses on local produce

A new, four-day destination food festival will debut on the Sunshine Coast from 8-11 August, 2019.

The Curated Plate festival will celebrate the chef/producer relationship by combining the region’s finest produce with some of the best Australian and international chefs.

Events will be spread across the Sunshine Coast region and feature acclaimed produce and producers, highlighting sustainable practices along with the coast’s artisan culture and sharing the area’s health and wellness options. Expect everything from food trails to farm tours in the program.

Zaiyu Hasegawa, Japanese Chef appearing at Sunshine Coast Curated Plate Festival  

Top chefs for The Curated Plate

Tokyo’s Zaiyu Hasegawa from the two Michelin Star restaurant, Den, will be one of the top chefs joining the festival. The event will be a special collaboration with Sunshine Coast chef Daniel Jarrett at his one Chef Hat restaurant, The Tamarind. 

This year, Hasegawa - touted as one of the most exciting and creative chefs in the world - was announced as the winner of the Highest Climber Award in the coveted World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. On Asia’s 50 Best list, Den was named the Best Restaurant in Japan and ranked second on the list.

The artful dishes of Japanese chef Zaiyu Hasegawa

Full program reveal

You will have to wait until March 2019 for the full program and a list of the food talent involved.

“The Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s premier regions for quality produce - it has more than 740 restaurants, 400 food tourism experiences, six dining precincts, 13 new craft breweries, some of the best farmers markets in the country and provides much of Queensland’s fish, seafood, fruit, vegetables and poultry exports,” Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford said.

“We also have a special affinity with Asian cuisine, with renowned Asian-influenced restaurants and cooking schools such as the Spirit House and Tamarind, that make the most of our fresh tropical produce. 

“While our beaches and year-round attractive climate might be the primary reasons for visitors choosing the Sunshine Coast for their holiday, the fact that we can deliver such high-quality food from paddock to plate is becoming an increasingly significant attraction for discerning travellers.”

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said the region had long been a home to some of Australia's greatest produce and amazing restaurants.

"This new event will be a fantastic way to showcase our region and profile our local award-winning food producers and restaurateurs," he said.  

"We look forward to welcoming guests to our beautiful part of the world and invite them to discover what makes us such a great destination for fantastic food.”

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