The Curated Plate, the upcoming destination food festival debuting on the Sunshine Coast next month, has announced its vibrant three-day program. From 8 to 11 August, guests can see, touch, sip, smell and taste the best of what the Sunshine Coast has to offer, with masterclasses, chef talks and cooking demonstrations, and a host of local and national eateries at Black Swan Park.

Celebrating the relationship between chef and producer, The Curated Plate encourages guests to immerse themselves in the flavours foraged from organic and sustainable practices. The Food Fair will showcase local businesses and producers with free and ticketed masterclasses, such as the Spirit House Cooking School, beer tastings by Your Mates Brewing Co and a coffee-based cocktails and mocktails class with Sunshine Coast Coffee Roasters.

There will be free demonstrations and chef talks from international and Australian talent involved in the festival including Zaiyu Hasegawa from Den in Japan, recently named the 11th best restaurant in the 2019 World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards. Mr Hasegawa will demonstrate his creative and artistic culinary technique on local produce from the Sunshine Coast region.

Peter Gilmore (Quay, Sydney) and Troy Rhoades-Brown (Muse, Hunter Valley) will share stories of their ‘Own Backyard’ and how this translates into their kitchens, while Darren Robertson (Three Blue Ducks, The Farm Byron Bay) and Clayton Wells (Automata, A1 Canteen) will talk sustainability and sourcing local. Alanna Sapwell (ARC Dining and Wine Bar) will showcase
the finger lime in a surprisingly sweet cooking demonstration joined by Jade King of Green Valley Fingerlimes.

Joel Valvasori Pereza (Lulu La Delizia, Perth) will showcase local produce in a pasta inspired cooking demonstration, and Chase Kojima (Sokyo, Sydney and Kiyomi, Gold Coast) will teach the art of fish-skillery with Walker Seafoods Australia. Over the course of three days, there will be a range of bars and eateries for guests to feast upon such as food festival favourites, Hoy Pinoy and Gelato Messina will bring their infamous creations to the Sunshine Coast for the first time.

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