THE CURATED PLATE
hits the Sunshine Coast next month
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 thecuratedplate.com.au