The Real Food Festival

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  • Location: Maleny Showgrounds, Maleny 4552 Queensland

The Real Food Festival is returning to Maleny in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland to celebrate good local food with over 130 exhibitors and an exciting talks program.

This year it will be held on the 7th & 8th of September.  In 2012 over 8000 visitors flooded through the gates with 96% declaring they would recommend the Festival to others.

Highlights of the 2013 Real Food Festival:
•    Exhibits covering a wide range of food and food-related interests from primary produce to value-added to prepared food
•    The Mayor & The Minister Cook-off between Sunshine Coast Mayor, Mark Jamieson, and State Minister for Environment, Andrew Powell, and judged by Mal Brough, LNP candidate for Fisher
•    Cooking demonstrations featuring talented local chefs using good local food
•    ‘The Paddock’ celebrating farming, keeping animals and growing food in your backyard
•    ‘Nourishing Ideas’ venue with talks by experts on a wide range of food-related topics, including nutrition, politics and food miles
•    ‘Food for Thought’ venue offering interactive workshops expanding on issues and providing hands-on practical advice
•    Live entertainment with seating on hay bales under the Big Red Tent
•    Book signings with speakers and presenters

The Real Food Festival is about authenticity: all food on display has been grown or produced in the Sunshine Coast bioregion according to the interconnected principles of good, clean and fair.  You’ll be inspired by our passionate producers and chefs, tantalise your tastebuds, and have a fun family day out.

Come to the Soul of the Sunshine Coast for the weekend: visit a farm, walk in the rainforest, shop in delightful mountain villages and try our excellent cafés and restaurants.  Choose from a range of accommodation options including luxury spas, B&Bs and motels.

Best of all, come and see where good food comes from and follow the food chain from paddock to plate. 

Join us!

Proudly sponsored again by our major sponsor IGA Sunshine Coast, whose support is greatly appreciated, the Festival will feature more than 120 stalls showcasing good local foods and related products.

Four venues will keep you entertained and informed:
•The Real Food Kitchen, sponsored by The Natural Foodstore, features 10 cooking demonstrations showcasing the skills and passion of our talented Sunshine Coast chefs (with a couple of guests).
•Our Nourishing Ideas venue, sponsored by Jeffers Market, is the place to go for the latest information about diet and the connections between food, illness and health.  A workshop space allows you to join in conversations about topics presented.
•The Paddock, sponsored by Eumundi Markets, is where the primary production and grow-your-own action is: garden talks and fun activities that germinate a life-long passion for good food.

We’ve got entertainment, showbags full of deals and you can enter our major prize competition for a luxury package worth more than $1,500, which includes accommodation and meals at either of two multi-award-winning Spicers properties: Clovelly Estate in Montville, and Tamarind Retreat in Maleny.

The Real Food Festival is a fantastic celebration of the wonderful variety of food that Sunshine Coast producers, manufacturers, retailers and restaurants have to offer, and a brilliant way to talk to, taste and buy from them.

Held at the quaint Maleny Showgrounds, come and enjoy a relaxed weekend in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland, where you can follow the food supply chain from paddock to plate - from their much-loved farmers through to passionate retailers and celebrated chefs. They're all coming together for a weekend of connection and conversation about what real food means to each of us.

With over 120 exhibits, cooking demonstrations, discussions, hands-on and other activities throughout the weekend, the Festival has something for everyone and is a great way for visitors and locals to support the best of Sunshine Coast regional food. Come and have an authentic food experience!

And all for only $15 entry (kids free)!

The Real Food Festival
7-8 September 2013
Maleny Showgrounds

Related News -
05 Sep 2013 - Don't Miss The Real Food Festival This Weekend
02 Sep 2013 - Official Program Available For Download
28 Aug 2013 - Sunshine Coast Mayor vs Queensland Minister in Festival Cook Off
26 Aug 2013 - Real Food Festival Presenters Offer Skills For Sustainable Living
23 Aug 2013 - Real Food Festival Presenters Offers Skill for Sustainable Living
19 Aug 2013 - Sunshine Coast Exhibitors Sign on in Droves
15 Aug 2013 - Real Food Festival Chefs Hit The Road For Cooking Demonstrations Leading To The Festival
14 Aug 2013 - More Than Just Real Food At This Year's Festival
07 Aug 2013 - 2013 Real Food Festival Program Festival
05 Aug 2013 - Why is Good Food Important?
29 Jul 2013 - Volunteers Make The Real Food Festival Welcoming and Enjoyable
22 Jul 2013 - Workshops provide practical information
08 Jul 2013 - Last Chance to Book: Food Enterprise Development Workshops
01 Jul 2013 - Real Food Festival Founder to Speak at QLD Garden Expo
24 Jun 2013 - Nourishing Ideas is Returning for 2013
13 May 2013 - Exhibitors Sign On In Droves

Real Food Festivals Pty Ltd :
PO Box 1139, Maleny
Real Food Festivals Pty Ltd

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Maleny Showgrounds, Maleny

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