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Seafood, strawberries and sunshine

With this year’s Curated Plate festival cancelled, a Caloundra operator is staging his own mini food festival.

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Seafood, strawberries and sunshine

With this year’s Curated Plate festival cancelled, a Caloundra operator is staging his own mini food festival.

The cancellation of this year’s The Curated Plate food festival on the Sunshine Coast isn’t stopping one of the confirmed participants, Caloundra Jetski, from going ahead with its distinctively Sunny Coast seafood and strawberry jetski safaris over the originally scheduled days for the festival, August 6–9.

Guide Ken Jeffreys says the seafood safari proved highly successful during the inaugural The Curated Plate, and there was such an appetite for outdoor adventures that he decided to go ahead with a ‘mini food festival’ over the scheduled long weekend.

“The  half-day Jetski Seafood Safari debuted at last year’s Curated Plate, and involves riding the entire length of the Pumicestone Passage Marine Park, through wetlands, and past ancient volcanos, to Spinnaker Sound Marina at Sandstone Point, Bribie,” Mr Jeffreys says.

A seafood feast featuring the Sunshine Coast’s finest ocean catch will be served.

In addition, Mr Jeffreys will be offering a Jetski to Strawberry Heaven tour, taking off from Caloundra and jet-skiing to historic Roy’s Strawberry Farm, where participants can pick and sample a tray of luscious, ripe strawberries.

“We’ll be offering a complete experiential package,” Mr Jeffreys says. “On the way up to the Roys, we will throttle things up with a few breathtaking fishtails and donuts before pulling up on a palm tree-lined beach, where safari trekkers will be welcomed by local legends Henry and Janette Roy.

“Their farm was established in the 1920s as Queensland’s biggest citrus farm. It now grows Red Rhapsody strawberries – a variety bred right here on the Sunshine Coast by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.”

Jetski to Strawberry Heaven is perfect for families and couples, and lasts about 90 minutes.

Mr Jeffreys says bookings are essential to ensure all COVID safety requirements were met.

“With sunny skies and warm waters, this is possibly the best time to see and experience the richness of the Sunshine Coast landscape and its produce.”

The Caloundra Seafood Safari will depart at midday each day over the August long weekend.

Visit caloundrajetski.com.au or call 0434 330 660.

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