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Visit Maleny for the Winter Creative Festival, where local artisans showcase their beautiful hand-made products. There’ll be 50-plus stalls over two spaces. There’s no better time to see Maleny than in winter – the ideal time and place to buy hand-made products and support local artisans.

When: Saturday, July 22, and Sunday, July 23, 9am to 3pm.

Where: Maleny Community Centre, 23 Maple Street, Maleny.

Entry: Free entry. More information via Sunshine Coast Events.

A Hard Knock Life

Best known as the creator of the multi-award-winning ABC-TV smash hit Choir of Hard Knocks, Jonathon Welch threads the amazing story of his life with beautiful music and stories. From his early years being told he would never have a singing career, to becoming one of Australia’s finest tenors and being awarded Australian of the Year Local Hero 2008 and an Order of Australia for his passionate work and advocacy of the homeless and disadvantaged, Welch’s voice and unique story is thrilling, deeply moving and inspiring.

When: Wednesday, July 26, 11am.

Where: The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra.

Entry: $25 via The Events Centre.

Picture: Shutterstock.

Nambour Forecourt Live

Head on down to the July edition of Nambour Forecourt Live. This free, live event features music from Cora Ledwith, Henpeck and Phil Barlow and the Wolf. There’s kids’ craft activities, doughnut decorating and library games from 4pm. The Nambour Chamber of Commerce will be running a licensed bar, with Morts, Sunshine and Sons gin and Your Mates available. BYO picnic rug/chair and water bottle.

When: Friday, July 28, 4pm to 8.30pm.

Where: Nambour Library forecourt, corner Bury and Currie streets, Nambour.

Entry: Free event. More information via Sunshine Coast Events.

Taste Native Australia 

The Taste Native Australia Dinner is a rare culinary journey into The Dreaming. Special guest and Kabi Kabi Elder Udjeee Tais will tell stories of myths and legends of the region, while hatted chef Tye, from Pickled Paradise, will serve decadent hors d’oeuvres, followed by a four-course meal celebrating native Australian ingredients with hand-picked bush-tucker garnishes from the wild Sunshine Coast hinterland. Enjoy a fully licensed bar serving Australian cocktail specials and local Jarrah Boy First Nations beer and the choice to add wine pairing to your meal.

When: Wednesday, August 2, 5.30pm to 9.30pm.

Where: Mantra Mooloolaba Beach, 7 Venning Street, Mooloolaba.

Entry: $185 via Humanitix.

Mango’s Chef Tables 

Indulge in a unique dining experience at Mango’s Bar and Grill. Included is a four-course meal crafted by an expert team of chefs, led by executive chef Robert Caulan. Get ready to savour the flavours of the Sunshine Coast as these chefs bring to life the essence of the region’s rich bounty. This is an opportunity to celebrate the best of local cuisine.

When: Friday, July 28, 6pm.

Where: Banana Bender Pub, 1 Downunder Drive, Palmview.

Entry: $78 via Humanitix.

Picture: Shutterstock.

Bush Tucker by the River 

Step back in time as you board the heritage-listed vessel Spray of the Coral Coast and treat yourself to a relaxing, fine-dining cultural experience, brought to you by Saltwater Eco Tours. A selection of unique canapes, local produce and bush-tucker ingredients, this two-hour cruise will have you soaking up the sunshine along the Mooloolah River. Enjoy a refreshing beer, sparkling champagne or signature lemon myrtle cocktail from the licensed bar.

When: Friday, July 28, 11.30am to 1.30pm.

Where: The Wharf, 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba.

Entry: $89 via Humanitix.

Women in Manufacturing 

You’re invited to join in the sixth year of celebrating women in manufacturing. Participants will explore the importance of creating clear pathways and inclusive workplaces for women. Learn of the benefits this brings and how innovative employment strategies create a highly skilled workforce and improved staff retention.

When: Thursday, July 27, 7am to 9.30am.

Where: University of the Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre Building, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs.

Entry: Free event. Registration is essential via Eventbrite.

Plant-Powered Cooking 101

In this two-hour, hands-on, plant-based course, learn how to make delicious and healthy treats, from creating nut milk to energy bites. Discover how simple and fun it is to incorporate plant-based ingredients into cooking and baking. Instructors will guide you through the basics of plant-based cuisine, tips and tricks for selecting and preparing ingredients.

When: Friday, July 28, 9.30am to 11.30am.

Where: 4/18 Hancock Way, Baringa.

Entry: $75 via Humanitix.

Picture: Shutterstock

Tasty Tours Kombucha Workshop 

Tasty Tours and the Fermentier present this fun and informative, hands-on fermentation workshop. During this 90-minute workshop, you’ll taste a variety of drinks and learn everything you need to know about fermenting vegetables and making your own kombucha. You’ll also receive your own Scoby starter kit to take home to start making your own brews.

When: Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, 10.30am.

Where: The Fermentier, 17 Hitech Drive, Kunda Park.

Entry: $65 via Humanitix.

Weekend gig guide

Friday, July 21

  • ABBA and the Bee Gees Tribute, Banana Bender Pub, 6pm
  • Raw Ordio, Alex Surf Club, 4pm
  • Spectrum Duo, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Callum Taylor, Caloundra RSL, 5.30pm
  • David Lee, Mooloolaba Surf Club, 4pm
  • Allan Gumm, Cooroy RSL, 6pm
  • DJ JD7, Beerwah Hotel, 8.30pm

Saturday, July 22 

  • Fake News, Solbar, 6.30pm
  • The Febs, Alex Surf Club, 7.30pm
  • Laura Doolan Duo, Maroochy RSL, 5.30pm
  • Johnathan Mark Hayden, Caloundra RSL, 5.30pm
  • Dirty Dice, Beerwah Hotel, 8.30pm

Sunday, July 23

  • Eighties Recall, Alex Surf Club, 4pm
  • Tune Rangers, Maroochy RSL, 6pm
  • Chris Ramsay, Mooloolaba Surf Club, 2pm
  • Mr Baritone, Palmwoods Hotel, 2pm

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