The Curated Plate
Fabulous foodie festival dishes up mouth-watering morsels
The Curated Plate’s inaugural four days of food events kicked off in style and locals and visitors alike jumped at the chance to be part of it.
The emphasis on ‘local’ was integral to the success of the festival, which showcased local producers and local restaurateurs as an integral component of the Sunshine Coast’s tourism infrastructure – with the added bonus of nationally and internationally renowned chefs.
From seafood safaris in Caloundra to fine dining in the hinterland and bush tucker in Eumundi, local businesses and restaurants hosting events across The Curated Plate event were inspired to seize the opportunities associated with the festival and collaborate with other local organisations and producers to showcase their best offer.
The Curated Plate generated substantial interstate and intrastate visitation, particularly from Brisbane, and also from Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand.
The event also attracted extensive national publicity, presenting the Sunshine Coast in a new and authentic way, and provided a significant point of difference from other food festivals by putting the focus on the destination and our distinctive produce. Across the festival, guests heard from producers and chefs, visited farms, local businesses and restaurants, and dined at unique bespoke venues created especially for The Curated Plate. Local residents were particularly engaged through the range of events, including the Food Fair, which attracted in excess of 13,000 attendees across the weekend.
Visit Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Council and Tourism & Events Queensland have embarked on a multi-year agreement with Nine Entertainment to deliver The Curated Plate, and the first-year event has certainly demonstrated a hunger for authentic food experiences in one of Australia’s most desirable destinations.