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Festival a nutty idea

It’s enough to make any Nutella lover swoon – a festival dedicated to this nutty spread, and it’s happening on the Sunshine Coast.

Nutella lovers rejoice. A festival dedicated entirely to the decadently delicious and nutty treat is coming to the Sunshine Coast.

The chocolate and hazelnut spread will be the focus of the 12-hour festival as food stalls gear up to serve more than 40 sweet and savoury dishes at NightQuarter on July 10.

NightQuarter’s Michelle Christoe says the response so far has been incredible with everything from Nutella-filled donuts to Nutella sticky fried rice on offer.

“We’ve got Nutella sundaes, Nutella waffles, Nutella dim sims, Nutella sticky fried rice, Nutella-marinated meats, Nutella burgers, Nutella and marshmallow toasties, deep-fried Nutella, the list goes on,” Ms Christoe says.

“The response has been just phenomenal and every day we’ve got people engaging on our socials.

“It’s definitely something that everyone is going to enjoy. There are just so many things that people who love eating Nutella are going to love.

“It’s also a chance for stall holders to be a bit creative.”

The event will include Nutella-themed entertainment, such as Nutella jar juggling, as well as live music and a fire show. This festival will also kick of the first event as part of NightQuarter’s new passport initiative.

“We are doing a passport promotion, so the idea is you can’t go overseas but we are bringing overseas to you,” Ms Christoe says.

“Nutella is the start of this and over the next six months we have a range of community-based events.”

International-inspired events will include Oktoberfest, Island Night, a New Orleans Festival, Full Moon Festival and more.

“If visitors get eight of the community events stamped on their passport upon entry, then they get a free golden ticket to attend any concert at NightQuarter of their choice.”

Ms Christoe says the continuing pandemic, lockdowns and border closures have been difficult for the venue, which opened in November last year.

“I’ve cancelled three main tours and functions for the next couple of weeks and had to reschedule some bands two or three times.”

Nutella Festival is happening from 10am to 10pm on July 10 at NightQuarter, 8 The Avenue, Birtinya. Visit tix.nightquarter.com.au/events

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