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The Curated Plate

Australia's Sunshine Coast is getting a new food festival showcasing its best chefs and producers.
By Marissa Ciampi and Melanie Colwell
March 26, 2019
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The Curated Plate

Australia's Sunshine Coast is getting a new food festival showcasing its best chefs and producers.
By Marissa Ciampi and Melanie Colwell
March 26, 2019
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When it comes to Australia's best food and drink regions, the Sunshine Coast punches well above its weight. It boasts rainforests, farms and the ocean all within extremely close proximity to one another, making for a unique ecosystem — and an interesting culinary landscape.

And you can celebrate all of the goodness that this coastal pocket has to offer when The Curated Plate kicks off its inaugural season in August. Across four days, the region's best chefs and producers will be joined by Australian and international heavy-hitters for a series of long lunches, degustations, food markets, tours and much more.

Events will take place in venues across the region's hinterlands, rainforests and beaches with a beachside pop-up restaurant acting as the festival hub. The Sunshine Coast's organic and sustainable produce, grown in the hinterland's rich volcanic soil, will be on display.

The program includes long lunches and degustations that'll highlight the latest trends in fine dining. Top chefs from around the country, including Peter Gilmore (Quay, Bennelong), Clayton Wells (Automata, A1 Canteen) and Alejandro Cancino (ex-Urbane), will be taking over some of the region's best eateries alongside international heavy-hitters like Japanese chef Zaiyu Hasegawa. Hasegawa runs Den, a two-Michelin starred restaurant in Tokyo that was awarded the number two spot on Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2018, and is celebrated for his creative spin on kaiseki (Japanese multi-course haute cuisine). He will be teaming up with head chef of Spicers Tamarind Retreat for Spicers Den — a special five-course degustation dinner on Saturday, August 10.

Meanwhile, Black Swan Park in Maroochydore will host a three-day food fair, featuring a bunch of local eateries, stalls and live entertainment, and Caloundra's Moffat Beach will be running a beach cinema, with burgers, beers and limited-edition treats supplied by Gelato Messina.

So, if you're looking for an excuse to head across the pond to sunny Queensland (besides escaping the inevitable winter blues), this may just be it.

The Curated Place will take place across the Sunshine Coast from Thursday, August 8 to Sunday, August 11. You can book a festival accommodation package — including the Regional Evolution four-course dinner, with wine pairings, from Australian chef Clayton Wells and two nights accommodation at Mantra Zanzibar in a two bedroom apartment — here

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