The Curated Plate festival is happening right now!

The Curated Plate 2023 Launch

Here’s the dish. The Curated Plate serves up more than 100 events over the next nine days from Caloundra to Eumundi and everywhere in-between.

Foodies eager to get a taste of all things Sunshine Coast will enjoy culinary delights created by local chefs and cooks using fresh local produce through special events, tours, masterclasses and more.

From July 28 to August 6, more than 300 local restaurants, farms, tourism and event operators are working together to welcome locals and visitors seeking the best of local food and beverage experiences.

With five events already sold out and many more close to selling out, last-minute ticket buyers are urged to check out the menu of events to avoid disappointment.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson said this culinary festival celebrated the relationship between the chef and the producer – and showcased our region, local award-winning food producers and world-class restauranteurs.

“Our region is well known for its outstanding natural beauty – pristine hinterland, the majestic Glasshouse Mountains and beautiful world-class beaches, and we have a long history of food and agricultural production where the quality of our products has always been at the top of the range,” Mayor Jamieson said.

”The Curated Plate brings these two elements together in perfect synergy to capture something that locals have known for a very long time.

“We are indeed, the quintessential “foodie” destination – and that will be on show for all to see over the next 10 days.”

A passionate advocate of real food, community, regional living and sustainable agriculture, Chef Paul West is a guest presenter across a number of events including Homegrown Cafe – Zero Waste Garden To Plate Lunch presented by Homegrown Cafe, Meet the Sunshine Coast Makers presented by Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN), MooloolaBARS presented by MIA (Mooloolaba Initiatives and Activations, Inc), Bush-Tucker by the River presented by Saltwater Eco Tours, Paddock to The Curated Plate presented by HOT91 and CRAFTed Food Tourism Conference presented by Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN).

Yandina’s Spirit House head chef and Foodservice Australia 2023 Chef of the Year Tom Hitchcock is set to bring his expertise and creativity to the forefront of the Sunshine Coast Asian Food Festival next weekend (August 5), which has been so popular it is already sold out.

New to the program this year is The Curated Plate – Unplugged Sessions!

The Unplugged Sessions is a live music series that will pop up to showcase the best Sunshine Coast musicians. Check out local restaurants/bars in Buderim and Moffat Beach this weekend (Sunday July 30), and next weekend on August 4 in Coolum Beach and August 6 in Bulcock Beach . All artists are handpicked to suit the needs of each venue.

Register to attend free events including Namba Street Fair, Paddock to the Plate and Arts Alive in Maleny. For the full listing of events and ticket prices, visit

The Curated Plate is an event initiative of Sunshine Coast Council and supported by the Sunshine Coast Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) and Visit Sunshine Coast.

The Curated Plate 2023 is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar

Unplugged Venues

Buderim venues – Montana’s on Buderim, Café Sixty5, Mint Café

Moffat Beach venues: Moff’s Wine Bar, Moffat Beach Brewing Co, The Pocket Espresso Bar, Sugar Mamas Café

Coolum Beach venues: Alley Cat, Hot Chilli Bean Café, Canteen, Coolum Seafoods

Bulcock Beach venues: Greedy Gringo, Drift Bar, The Celler, Hog’s Breath Café, The Bunker

Last-minute events to join

Local Banquet Dinner at Honeysuckle restaurant

Chefs of Junk An Asian Adventure

Plant-Powered Cooking 101 – The basics of plant-based cooking

Maleny Family Fun Day

Scale to Tail – A shucking good time

A Hinterland Harvest

The Crocodile Hunter Lodge by Australia Zoo: Honouring a Legacy

Gin, Gin, and more Gin



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