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Foodie fest returns to plate up regional showcase

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Foodie fest returns to plate up regional showcase


Savouring the opportunity: food and beverage operators get creative as foodie festival returns

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Good things come in small packages and a bite-sized Sunshine Coast foodie festival is about to set tastebuds tingling.

The Curated (side) Plate will take over the region from July 29 to August 7 to the delight of all foodies, gourmands and culinary experts.

Local restaurants, farms, tourism and event operators will throw open their doors as part of the revamped festival, and offer the best of regional food and beverage experiences across the 10 days.

The Curated (side) Plate festival is set to deliver a mouthwatering winter treat.

Following the event’s cancellation in 2020 and 2021 due to the impacts of the pandemic, Sunshine Coast Council’s Economic Portfolio Councillor Jason O’Pray said The Curated (side) Plate – a 2022 Bite-Sized Serving would support and promote local food and agribusiness, hospitality, tourism and event industries.

“It’s The Curated Plate – but not quite as we knew it before,” Cr O’Pray said.

“In a post-pandemic environment, the event aims to ‘build from the ground up’ via a local industry-driven program, featuring the Sunshine Coast’s vast array of producers, restaurants and cafes, tourism and event experiences, and farm-gate activities.

“Businesses participate for free and retain all of the derived income.

“We all know how important it is to support local businesses and producers on the Sunshine Coast and this event is a fantastic way to showcase the incredible food, lifestyle and experiences our region has to offer.”

The Curated (side) Plate brings foodies together to venues, such as The Spirit House. Picture: Bruce Haggie

Expression of Interest registrations are now open until April 26, with businesses invited to put forward creative food and beverage offerings which highlight the region’s talent and natural assets.

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A designated local program co-ordinator has been engaged to liaise directly with participating businesses over the coming months, including offering information sessions on the coast and in the hinterland.

The Spicers Den at The Tamarind was a favourite at The Curated Plate in 2019.

Fellow Economic Portfolio Councillor Terry Landsberg said the council’s investment in the event promoted the Coast as a food tourism destination, by offering residents and visitors superb produce and “winter sun” activities amid stunning hinterland and coastal settings.

“We’re looking forward to seeing an incredible program brimming with unique culinary experiences from across the region,” Cr Landsberg said.

“There really will be something for all – locations, activities, menus and price points to suit everyone, and many hidden gems to surprise visitors and locals.”

Seasonal stars are set to shine for The Curated (side) Plate foodie festival.

Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) CEO Emma Greenhatch said The Curated (side) Plate was a fantastic council initiative which FAN was proud to support.

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“It provides our Sunshine Coast members and the local business community the opportunity to collaborate and show locals and visitors everything we have to offer,” Ms Greenhatch said.

Our food producers, venues and operators will be showcased.

“The event is designed to give all local businesses and producers a chance to shine and create further opportunities during The Curated Plate and all-year round.”

The Curated Plate made its debut in the region in 2019 as a four-day festival, showcasing local produce as curated by international, national and local chefs to foodie audiences from the coast to the hinterland.

Businesses and producers across all areas of the Sunshine Coast local government area participated.

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