hits the Sun­shine Coast next month

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | BIG READ -

Sun­shine Coast food lovers are set to en­joy a food fes­ti­val with a mas­sive dif­fer­ence.

Rather than just a sin­gle venue with stalls and guest din­ners, the whole of the Sun­shine Coast will be the venue for the revo­lu­tion­ary new food fes­ti­val called The Cu­rated Plate.

De­signed for lovers of good food, fun times and en­ter­tain­ment, The Cu­rated Plate will de­but on the Sun­shine Coast from 5-18 Au­gust, cel­e­brat­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween chef and pro­ducer in a se­ries of spe­cially cu­rated events that will span the en­tire re­gion.

There will be an event for ev­ery­one – from food fairs and beer tours to clas­sic de­gus­ta­tion din­ners with some of Aus­tralia’s and the world’s most renowned chefs.

“Have plate, will travel” could be the motto of the fes­ti­val, be­cause you can tra­verse the Sun­shine Coast at­tend­ing events held in venues from the pic­turesque Glass House Moun­tains in the Hin­ter­land and, of course, on the beach­front.

Think grazing ta­bles in the grounds of a pri­vately-owned or­chard, far­m­gate tours ex­plor­ing the pro­duce that grows in the rich vol­canic soils, and de­gus­ta­tion menus with matched wines that cel­e­brate our re­gion’s di­verse seafood.

In­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed chefs Ray­mond Blanc OBE, Monique Fiso of Hi­akai Welling­ton and Ja­pan’s Zaiyu Hasegawa, whose restau­rant Den was voted best restau­rant in Ja­pan, will head­line the fes­ti­val, team­ing up with some of the Sun­shine Coast’s best chefs for one­off din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

They will be joined by Aus­tralia’s own Pe­ter Gil­more of Quay restau­rant in Syd­ney, Matt Stone, ex­ec­u­tive chef of the Yarra Val­ley’s stun­ning hat­ted Oakridge Es­tate, and Chase Ko­jima of Syd­ney’s hat­ted Sokyo.

Star­ring along­side the eight fea­ture events will be The Culi­nary Col­lec­tive - a se­ries of six one-off restau­rant col­lab­o­ra­tions - and The Des­ti­na­tion Se­ries; a line-up of 35 in­no­va­tive lo­cal foodie ex­pe­ri­ences to suit all tastes and bud­gets.

The Des­ti­na­tion Se­ries will in­clude ev­ery­thing from jet ski food sa­faris up the Pu­mice­s­tone Pas­sage to Hin­ter­land Farm to Fork tours and a five-course de­gus­ta­tion on board the iconic Mary Val­ley Rat­tler.

The fes­ti­val will be capped off with a three-day Food Fair at Cot­ton Tree’s Black Swan Park, held 9-11 Au­gust, where you can sip, smell and taste the best of the Sun­shine Coast’s food scene, with mas­ter­classes, chef talks, cook­ing demon­stra­tions and a host of lo­cal and na­tional eater­ies.

If you’ve ever won­dered why the Sun­shine Coast’s pro­duc­ers, chefs and restau­rants have such an en­vi­ous reputation around the coun­try, this is the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence it for your­self. An un­for­get­table week of food magic.

The full pro­gram is available at the­cu­rat­ed­

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