The Curated Plate, a new four-day destination food festival, is set to make its debut on the Sunshine Coast from 8 to 11 August 2019.

In a celebration of the relationship between the chef and producer, the festival will bring together some of the region’s finest produce with the best chefs in the Australian and international dining scene. The Sunshine Coast’s acclaimed produce and producers, sustainable practices, artisan culture, and health and wellness, will form key themes of the festival, with local experiences – from food trails to farm tours – also featuring in the program.

In a sneak peek of the line up of top chef talent, Tokyo’s Zaiyu Hasegawa from the two Michelin Star restaurant Den will join the festival in a special collaboration with Sunshine Coast chef, Daniel Jarrett at his one Chef Hat restaurant The Tamarind. As one of the most exciting and creative chefs in the world, Hasegawa this year took the Highest Climber Award in the coveted World’s 50 Best Restaurants list; while on Asia’s 50 Best list, Den was named the Best Restaurant in Japan and ranked second on the list.

CEO of Visit Sunshine Coast Simon Latchford is positive the festival will help boost tourism to the coast. “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,” Simon said. “This new event will be a fantastic way to showcase our region and profile our local award-winning food producers and restaurateurs.”

The full festival program of events and talent line up will be revealed in March 2019.

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