Festival packed with nourishing ideas
  • Monday 17 August 2015
Real Food

The Sunshine Coast Real Food Festival, supported by Sunshine Coast Council, will offer more for foodies than ever before next month.

Not only can visitors indulge in the region’s best produce with more than 100 food and food-related exhibits, they can learn from more than 50 presenters and more than 80 sessions across seven venues.

Festival Director Julie Shelton said she was excited about this year’s festival on September 12-13 and hopes visitors take advantage of all the expertise that is on offer.

“We have a new venue this year, Eat My Words, which will focus on food writing, food bloggers, cookbook authors and restaurant reviewers,” she said.

“Venues making a return include cooking demonstrations in the Real Food Kitchen, expert speakers in Food for Thought, conversations about diet and health in Nourishing Ideas, kitchen ideas and techniques in Food Craft, and tips for growing the best quality food in Kitchen Garden, as well as lots of great kids activities in the Little Sprouts area.”

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the Festival would be a celebration of the wonderful variety of food that Sunshine Coast producers, manufacturers, retailers and restaurants have to offer, and a unique opportunity to talk to, taste and buy from them.

“Our region has strong foundations in niche food and beverage production and value adding and a reputation for producing fresh foods in a clean environment and this is what the Real Food Festival showcases in outstanding style each year,” Mayor Jamieson said.

The 2015 Real Food Festival will feature many chefs including globally renowned Australian chef and food writer Christine Manfield, award-winning and food industry leader, Javier Codina from Brisbane’s Moda Restaurant.

Both chefs will work with local producers to create mouth-watering dishes.

Cameron Matthews, general manager of Spicers Clovelly Estate and executive chef of The Long Apron, will be working with local beer, berries and cheese.

The Food for Thought and Nourishing Ideas venues will host presentations on subjects including our food supply chain, distribution of food surplus, food labelling, diet and health related issues, with emphasis on nutrition for different stages of life.

Around 10,000 visitors are expected to go through the gates  at the Maleny Showgrounds over the Festival weekend.

Entry is $20 for a daily adult pass and children under 16 are free.

For more information on the Real Food Festival, visit the website at realfoodfestivals.com.au.

Picture: Festival director Julie Shelton with chef Rory Thorpe