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Hinterland dinner celebrates paddock to plate philosophy

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Hinterland dinner celebrates paddock to plate philosophy

A Sunshine Coast couple creates magical outdoor dinners that educate and inspire the diners who take part.

If enjoying a sumptuous meal in an idyllic setting with no walls appeals to you, you can’t go past a People, Plates & Places experience.

Launched by Elizabeth Craig-Holmes  and Tony Holmes in March last year, People, Plates & Places offers foodies an experience for all of the senses, with a long table set up in the middle of a lush paddock, a five-course meal featuring produce sourced from local farmers and perfectly paired wines.

Mrs Craig-Holmes says the only sounds you can hear during one of their popular events are conversation and laughter.

The couple goes to great lengths to ensure the menu for each event is unique and crafted to suit the environment of the dinner rather than being a simple seasonal menu.

They have hosted dinners on their Montville property as well as venturing to other stunning locations with the assistance of their purpose-built kitchen, which packs down flat and is assembled on site and contains everything a chef needs to prepare, cook and serve the delectable five-course meals on site. “We take absolutely everything with us from the kitchen trailer to the tables, water, seats, portaloos, generators, everything,” Mrs Craig-Holmes says.

“Farmers are the key to our food chain. We put people together to enjoy good food, good wine and good company and in that process, they learn something from the farmer, or the wine-maker or the craft brewer.

“It’s all underpinned with learning and it is one of the best learning environments you can get.”

The next People, Plates & Places dinner is on September 22 from 4.30pm at the couple’s Montville property. For more, visit

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