THREE-DAY FOOD FAIR is com­ing to Cot­ton Tree!

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Athree-day Food Fair is com­ing to Cot­ton Tree invit­ing lo­cals to see, sip, smell and taste the best of the Sunshine Coast.

The event will be held at Black Swan Park from 9-11 Au­gust as part of The Cu­rated Plate – a food fes­ti­val with a mas­sive dif­fer­ence be­ing held across the re­gion next month – with free en­try avail­able if you pre-reg­is­ter on­line.

The Cu­rated Plate Food Fair will trans­form Cot­ton Tree into a thriv­ing hub of mas­ter­classes, chef talks, cook­ing demon­stra­tions and of course, de­li­cious food fea­tur­ing some of the re­gion’s most pop­u­lar pro­duc­ers in­clud­ing The Fresh Chai Co, Frozen Sunshine, Koko­pod Choco­late, Woom­bye Cheese and Ke­nil­worth Dairies.

Across the three days there will be more than 25 mas­ter­classes, demon­stra­tions and chef talks, rang­ing from free to at­tend to $10 per per­son and in­tro­duced by Sunshine Coast lo­cal and au­thor of ‘4 In­gre­di­ents’ Kim Mccosker.

Meet with Sunshine Coast for­ager and chef Nick Blake for a free class on fer­ment­ing and for­ag­ing, en­joy a three-course tast­ing with matched cheese, sour­dough and pas­trami with Maleny’s Brouhaha Brew­ery or even learn how to grow your own shi­itake with Moun­tain­top Mush­rooms.

Our lo­cal stars will be joined by a swag of celebrity chefs, with high­lights in­clud­ing demon­stra­tions from Ja­pan’s Zaiyu Hasegawa, whose restau­rant Den was voted best restau­rant in Ja­pan, and Aus­tralia’s Peter Gil­more of Quay restau­rant in Syd­ney, Dar­ren Robert­son, of The Farm By­ron Bay and Chase Ko­jima of Syd­ney’s hat­ted Sokyo.

Each day there will be a range of bars and eater­ies to feast on such as Philip­pino favourites Hoy Pi­noy, Fever Tree with their Ul­ti­mate Gin & Tonic Bar, Sunshine Coast lo­cals Your Mates Brew­ing Co and Ge­lato Messina who will bring their in­fa­mous creations to the Sunshine Coast for the very first time with two ex­clu­sive desserts in­spired by our lo­cal produce.

TAFE Queens­land will also show­case the tal­ents of their highly ex­pe­ri­enced cookery teach­ers as well as up-and-com­ing lo­cal ap­pren­tice chefs of­fer­ing a range of Asian­fu­sion in­spired dishes.

The Food Fair’s full pro­gram of events is avail­able on­line at the­cu­rat­ed­ with lo­cals en­cour­aged to se­cure their place now at some of the ex­cit­ing mas­ter­classes.

Regis­tra­tion for Free En­try to the Food Fair is also avail­able on The Cu­rated Plate web­site, or en­try on the day costs $5 for adults (chil­dren un­der 16 get free en­try) with 50 per cent of pro­ceeds go­ing to char­ity part­ner Ru­ral Aid.

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