Plates of Plenty at The Curated Plate

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Hold onto your knife and fork and raise your glasses – The Curated Plate is serving up another year of deliciousness across the Sunshine Coast, discovers Rebecca Jamieson Dwyer.

Lovers of local flavours, mark your diaries: there’ll be cooking classes, culinary cruises, degustation dinners, long lunches and brunches, farm tours, workshops, cocktail classes, high teas and lots more deliciousness at this year’s The Curated Plate food festival, running from 26 July to 4 August across a wide range of venues.

Attracting foodies from far and wide, this event aims to showcase the exciting talent right here in our region, as well as the plethora of amazing produce from the hinterland to the sea that goes into making our culinary scene so special: think Woombye Cheese, PineCo pineapples, Mooloolaba prawns, Sun Valley bacon and ham, local wild-caught mackerel, Green Valley Fingerlimes, PinksBlush custard apples, lychees and dragonfruit, and more.

Plus, what’s to eat without something to wash it down with? As the Craft Beer Capital of Australia and with many global award-winning distilleries, we’re sure there will also be lots to cheers about!

The full program and ticket sales will be launched in April, but until then, here’s a little taste of what’s on offer…

Spicers Tamarind Retreat will once again host the popular Sunshine Coast Asian Food Festival across their gorgeous green fields in Maleny – a sold-out event last year, it’s been extended to two days this year, running Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August. This is one of three signature events for The Curated Plate in 2024, with the other two key events to be announced in early April. We can’t wait to see what the team’s been cooking up!

The Curated Plate allows us to get up close and personal with, and be inspired by, some of the most celebrated chefs on the Sunshine Coast, and this year is no different.

Headline chefs include internationally renowned chef, restaurateur, television presenter and author Peter Kuruvita; Spirit House Head Chef and the winner of Queensland Chef of the Year 2023 Tom Hitchcock; and Executive Chef and Partner at Mapleton Public House Cameron Matthews, plus others to be announced.

You can look forward to mouthwatering experiences from some of the Sunshine Coast’s most well-known, well-loved and award-winning restaurants, such as Tiffany’s Maleny, Spirit House, Spice Bar, Bella Venezia, Harry’s on Buderim, Spicers Clovelly Estate, Fish on Parkyn, The Long Apron and many more.

There’ll also be more exciting local producers, growers, distillers and makers than you can wave a menu or cocktail umbrella at, including Beachtree Distilling Co, Moffat Beach Brewing, The Falls Farm, Nutworks, Canefields Distillery, Sunshine & Sons, Sunvalley Fine Foods, Good Harvest Organic Farm, Montville Coffee, Yanalla Farms, Piggy in the Middle, Little White Goat’s Cheese, Hum Honey, Cotton Tree Meats, Daniel Street Fish Market and Mooloolaba Seafood Market, to name just a few.

Hello Sunshine Magazine is again pleased to be a media partner for this delicious event and are cooking up plans for our third Podcast & Pinot lunch, where our podcast host John Caruso will be chatting to a fascinating foodie line-up.

The Curated Plate events will be coming to a spot near YOU, with the hinterland, central areas and the coast all catered to, literally. Sign up to The Curated Plate e-newsletter for first access to the program when it launches. Bon appétit – get ready to fill your plate!

The Curated Plate, various venues

Friday 26 July to Sunday 4 August

Full program and ticket sales will be launched in early April. Scan the QR code to sign up to their mailing list for all the latest news and launch details!


Sunshine Coast Asian Food Festival

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August 2024

Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny

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Rebecca is a writer and editor with a passion for connecting people and brands through storytelling. When she's not writing or reading you might find her exploring cute hinterland towns, stomping along a forest track, or hanging out at the beach with her husband, two kids and rascally sheepdog.

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