Launched in Sydney yesterday, The Curated Plate, a new four-day destination food festival is set to make its debut on the Sunshine Coast on August 8-11, 2019.
Supported by Visit Sunshine Coast, the event will be a celebration of the relationship between the chef and producer, the festival will bring together the region’s finest produce with the best chefs in the Australian and international dining scene.
Exclusive culinary events will span the region, bringing to life our unique local culture. The Sunshine Coast’s acclaimed produce and producers, sustainable practices, artisan culture, and health and wellness, will form key themes of the festival, with local experiences – from food trails to farms tours – also featuring in the program.
In a sneak peak of the line up of top chef talent, Tokyo’s Zaiyu Hasegawa from the two Michelin Star restaurant, Den, will join the festival in a special collaboration with Sunshine Coast chef, Daniel Jarrett at his one Chef Hat restaurant, The Tamarind. As one of the most exciting and creative chefs in the world, Hasegawa this year took the Highest Climber Award in the coveted World’s 50 Best Restaurants list; while on Asia’s 50 Best list, Den was named the Best Restaurant in Japan and ranked second on the list.
We know the Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s premier regions for quality produce – it has more than 740 restaurants, 400 food tourism experiences, six dining precincts, 13 new craft breweries, some of the best farmers markets in the country and provides much of Queensland’s fish, seafood, fruit, vegetables and poultry exports.
While our beaches and year-round attractive climate might be the primary reasons for visitors choosing the Sunshine Coast for their holiday, the fact that we can deliver such high-quality food from paddock to plate is becoming an increasingly significant attraction for discerning travellers. And this new Festival will help raise the profile of our region as a ‘foodie’ destination!
The Curated Plate Culinary Festival is being supported by Visit Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Council and the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland. The full festival program of events and talent line up will be revealed in March, 2019.