The Curated Plate is a new four-day food festival on the Sunshine Coast from 8 to 11 August, featuring the best chefs from Australia and around the world. The debut program welcomes international guest chefs Raymond Blanc OBE (UK), Zaiyu Hasegawa (Japan), Monique Fiso (New Zealand) alongside Australian-based talent Peter Gilmore, Analiese Gregory, Clayton Wells, Matt Stone, Chase Kojima, Darren Robertson, Alanna Sapwell, Nelly Robinson, Troy Rhoades-Brown plus several more talented local chefs, foragers and producers. Celebrating the relationship between chef and producer, in the picturesque surrounds of a region famed for its vibrant produce, The Curated Plate encourages guests to immerse themselves in the flavours foraged from organic and sustainable practices and enjoy once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences.
Head of Food Events, Fairfax Events & Entertainment Venessa Cowell said: “From the lush hinterland of rainforests and valleys to the majestic Glass House Mountains and iconic beaches, The Curated Plate sets the scene for a revitalising holiday and culinary experience like no other. We’re proud to work closely with Visit Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Council and Tourism and Events Queensland to celebrate this picturesque part of the world and champion the inspiring local producers who nurture the land and sea every day”.
The food and agribusiness industry on the Sunshine Coast is valued at some $700 million and features more than 900 companies, including some of Australia’s leading food and beverage innovators. Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said: “With an event like The Curated Plate, there will be plenty for locals and visitors to taste and see. Our region is home to a bevy of primary and world-class food producers including Australia’s largest wild-caught tuna and swordfish company, Walker Seafoods, our famous Mooloolaba prawns, CoYo – the company that helped develop the non-dairy yoghurt category – and Gourmet Garden, Australia’s most visible retail product in supermarket shelves around the world. Food experiences and events such as this help to promote the premium quality of our regional produce as well as offering an outstanding visitor experience. Festival guests will appreciate our region’s diverse natural beauty while enjoying the finest produce prepared by the best chefs in the Australian and international dining scene.”
The Curated Plate Culinary Festival is proudly presented by Fairfax Events & Entertainment, Visit Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Council, and The Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland.