A Curated food fair for the senses – see, touch, sip, smell and taste the best of what the Sunshine Coast has to offer. Talk to the producers, enjoy hands on masterclasses and learn from the best of the best with one of the many cooking demonstrations held over the three days at the Black Swan Park at Cotton Tree.
The Food Fair will showcase local businesses and producers with free and ticketed masterclasses, such as the Spirit House cooking school, beer tastings by Your Mates Brewing Co., and how to make coffee-based cocktails and mocktails with Sunshine Coast Coffee Roasters.
There will be free demonstrations and chef talks from the incredible stable of international and Australian talent involved in the festival, hosted by award-winning food personality, Lyndey Milan OAM. Zaiyu Hasegawa from Den in Japan, recently named the 11th best restaurant in the 2019 World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards, will demonstrate his creative and artistic culinary technique on local produce from the Sunshine Coast region.
Peter Gilmore (Quay, Sydney) and Troy Rhoades-Brown (Muse, Hunter Valley) will share stories of their ‘Own Backyard’ and how this translates into their kitchens, while Darren Robertson (Three Blue Ducks, The Farm Byron Bay) and Clayton Wells (Automata, A1 Canteen) will talk sustainability and sourcing local. Alanna Sapwell (ARC Dining and Wine Bar) will showcase the finger lime in a surprisingly sweet cooking demonstration joined by Jade King of Green Valley Fingerlimes, Joel Valvasori-Pereza (Lulu La Delizia, Perth) will showcase local produce in a pasta inspired cooking demonstration, and Chase Kojima (Sokyo, Sydney and Kiyomi, Gold Coast) will teach the art of fish-skillery with Walker Seafoods Australia.
Over the course of three days, there will be a range of bars and eateries for guests to feast upon such as food festival-favourites, Hoy Pinoy using local products from Gourmet Afrika, and Gelato Messina who will bring their infamous creations to the Sunshine Coast for the very first time. TAFE Queensland will showcase the talents of their highly experienced cookery teachers as well as up-and-coming local apprentice chefs offering a range of Asian-fusion inspired dishes, and The Meatball Company will be serving up a variety of their premium and delicious meatballs. Hartwells and Craftwerk bars will be serving local drinks from Brouhaha Brewery, Your Mates Brewing Co. and Sunshine Coast Cider, plus wineries to be announced soon.
All ages welcome (plus it’s dog-friendly!), with some Masterclasses restricted to over 18’s. Please note, the Food Fair is cashless – all major cards accepted.