The many wonderful flavours of our region are about to hit the spotlight with a popular event that celebrates the best in local produce.
Foodies are invited to The Curated (side) Plate festival, where Sunshine Coast restaurants, farms, tourism and event operators will open their doors as part of the 10-day event.
From regional favourites such as Harry’s on Buderim and Spicers Tamarind, to great local producers including Montville Coffee and Sunshine Coast Cider, The Curated (side) Plate has it all!
This year, more than 85 events will showcase produce and event services of more than 170 Sunshine Coast businesses from July 29 to August 7, with more businesses expected to join the broad menu of events over the coming weeks.
Harry’s on Buderim owner and head chef Stuart Bell says he cannot wait to welcome the event back to the region.
“The concept is a really important step in establishing our region for its amazing produce and culinary experiences,” Mr Bell says. “Having worked in the industry for 30 years, I understand the importance of supporting local business and I am a big advocate of sourcing local produce to create our delicious seasonal menus and monthly degustation events.”
Philip Hart, owner of Mooloolaba’s The Dock and Sunreef, says The Curated (side) Plate brings a phenomenal opportunity to the Sunshine Coast.
“It will allow the region to showcase what it has to offer to a national and international consumer base, which will assist in economic recovery from flood and covid-affected areas,” Mr Hart says.
Sunshine Coast Council economy portfolio councillor Jason O’Pray says the region has 400 food tourism operators and a food agribusiness industry currently valued at more than $700 million.
“The Sunshine Coast is taking the opportunity to capitalise on the fast-growing food tourism sector,” Cr O’Pray says. “There are plenty of locations, activities, menus and price points to suit everyone, and many hidden gems to surprise visitors and locals. I want everyone to taste a bit of the Sunshine Coast and support our local businesses and producers.”
Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Matt Stoeckel says good food and drink are strong motivators for travel, and The Curated (side) Plate is the perfect opportunity to
put the region on the culinary map.
“From our famed Mooloolaba prawns to award-winning craft beers, incredible restaurants and agri-tourism products, the Sunshine Coast has incredible culinary experiences,” Mr Stoeckel says.
“Events like this provide a platform to showcase all that is new in our food and drink experiences and build our profile as a must-visit food destination in Australia.”
More than 5000 tickets are available for the festival, and it’s not too late for other Sunshine Coast businesses to be involved and put forward events or ideas.
To discuss an event idea, contact email@example.com. To see the full calendar of culinary events, visit thecuratedplate.com.au.
About the festival
The Curated Plate made its debut in 2019, showcasing local produce curated by international, national and local chefs to foodie audiences from the coast to the hinterland. Following the event’s cancellation in 2020 and 2021, The Curated (side) Plate – a 2022-Sized Serving, sets out to build from the ground up via a local industry-driven program, featuring the region’s best producers, chefs, restaurants and cafes, tourism and event experiences, and farm-gate activities.