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Signature events add to festival good taste


Signature events add to festival good taste

The Curated Plate showcases the region’s produce and beverages, restaurants, food artisans and producers across a 10-day celebration.

A food market featuring handcrafted cheeses, breads, chocolates and a craft beer and spirits festival on the banks of a river have been added to the program of a Sunshine Coast culinary showcase.

The menu has just been served up for the region’s premier food and drink festival, The Curated Plate, which will take place between July 26 and August 4 this year.

The 2024 program features three signature events, including two new ones.

The Sunny Coast Breweries and Distilleries Festival will showcase ‘Australia’s craft beer capital’. A range of craft beer and premium spirits will be available in a relaxed festival atmosphere at Cotton Tree Park on July 27 and 28.

Another signature event will be a one-off food market for families and food lovers, to be held at The Station, Birtinya.

The event will open its doors to more than 70 stallholders showcasing Sunshine Coast products and giving patrons the chance to fill up their pantries and indulge in a diverse array of flavours and delights.

With the support of the Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN), stalls will showcase Sunshine Coast farm-made produce, including handcrafted cheeses, artisanal breads and pastries, boutique chocolates, grass-fed beef and lamb, local honey and premium coffee and tea.

In addition to the signature events, the program will feature a variety of experiences including cooking classes, culinary cruises, degustation dinners, long lunches and brunches, farm tours and high teas.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Rosanna Natoli says it is time for the region’s cooks and chefs to shine as they serve up delicious dishes, featuring homegrown produce and products.

“This event provides the opportunity for our region to showcase its fantastic offerings,” Mayor Natoli says.

“This ranges from our plentiful produce to an array of stunning restaurants and our amazing producers.

“More than 200 businesses from across the region’s food and agribusiness sector and tourism and hospitality industry have worked together to prepare the 10-day food and drink showcase that has more than 90 delicious events to choose from.”

For the full program, visit

What makes our food and drink festival different?

The Curated Plate is a 10-day event that celebrates the region’s local producers and chefs, spread over two weekends and plenty of options to feast on throughout the week.

Food lovers can look forward to mouth-watering experiences on a farm, under the stars, by the seaside, next to a majestic mountain, on a boat, in a distillery as well as at some of the Sunshine Coast’sbetter-known, well-loved and award-winning restaurants.

The Curated Plate Food and Drink Festival is an initiative of the Sunshine Coast Council, supported by the Queensland government, through Tourism & Events Queensland, the Food and Agribusiness Network and Visit Sunshine Coast.

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