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Plate expectations: what’s on menu for culinary showpiece

The Curated Plate Food and Drink Festival is looking more appetising than ever. This year’s event – proudly supported by Sunshine Coast Council - will see more than 90 delicious events held across the region between July 26 and August 4.

Plate of food served at The Curated Plate 2023

Three signature food events will feature on the program this year.

One of these will be presented by Spicers Tamarind, which will again host the popular Sunshine Coast Asian Food Festival across its green fields in Maleny.

Last year the Asian-fused event sold out so quickly, that this year will be a two-day feast held on August 3 and 4.

Enjoy flavours of our region

Chefs Tom Hitchcock, Peter Kuravita and Cam Matthews will be at the heart of the program this year as event ambassadors and will join celebrity cook Hayden Quinn for a special Chefs in Conversation event at Altitude Nine in Maroochydore’s City Centre.

The event will once again be a celebration of local produce and producers, just a taste of some of our local foods appearing on the menus supplied by some of the festival’s industry partners.

These include Woombye Cheese, PineCo Pineapples, Mooloolaba prawns, Sun Valley Bacon Jam, local wild caught Mackerel, 'PinksBlush' custard apple and Green Valley Fingerlimes.

Food lovers can look forward to mouthwatering experiences from some of the Sunshine Coast’s most well-known, well-loved and award-winning restaurants.

In the spicy mix are Tiffany’s Maleny, Spirit House, Spice Bar, Bella Venezia, Harry’s on Buderim, Spicers Clovelly Estate, Fish on Parkyn, The Long Apron and the Mapleton Pub.

The program will offer a variety of experiences including cooking classes, culinary cruises, degustation dinners, long lunches and brunches, farm tours, high teas and more.

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Another two signature events and the full event program will be announced in April when tickets go on sale.

Farmer picking vegetables
Tray of 3 glasses of wine being served for The Curated Plate 2023

Why the festival is so important for the region

Sunshine Coast Council’s Head of Economic Development Chris Le Serve said the food and drink festival was a fantastic opportunity to collaborate across our food and agribusiness sector and tourism and hospitality industry.

It is a showcase of the region’s talented chefs, local producers of quality fresh food and the makers of beverages who are winning awards all over the world.

It is expected to attract visitors to the Sunshine Coast through winter and wow the locals, reminding them to support local and help our region thrive.

This Curated Plate Food and Drink Festival is an initiative of the Sunshine Coast Council, supported by the Queensland Government, through Tourism & Events Queensland, the Food and Agribusiness Network and Visit Sunshine Coast.

Event highlights include:

  • The Sunshine Coast Asian Food Festival at Spicer’s Tamarind.
  • Tom Hitchcock’s Chef’s Table at Spirit House and special Curated Plate Cooking Classes at Spirit House’s Cooking School
  • Peter Kuravita’s ‘Smoke and Charcoal BBQ Lunch’ at Australia Zoo’s Warrior Restaurant
  • Brunch on the Balcony at The Mapleton Pub
  • The Hinterland High Tea with Adriano Zumbo at Maleny’s Tiffany’s
  • Chefs in Conversation featuring Tom Hitchcock, Peter Kuravita and Cam Matthews at Altitude Nine
  • Spice Bar’s Kaiseki Lunch
  • Dinner on the Deck at Harry’s on Buderim
  • Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Yanalla Farm
Postcard featuring Tiffany's Maleny, desserts, Adriano Zumbo, High Tea platter, Glass House Mountains
Asian Food Festival logo
Table presentation for delicious food and drinks for brunch
Hands holding two wine glasses together for a cheers
Harry's on Buderim venue entry
A table presentation of Japanese delicacies to eat
Australia Zoo Lodge venue entry
Three people participating in a cooking class
A long table presentation set up
Three framed pictures showing food and drinks, the Mad Hatters hat, and a long table set amongst the greenery of Yanalla Farms.


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