New culinary festival coming to the Sunshine Coast

Four-day event names headline chef, Zaiyu Hasegawa

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The Curated Plate, a new four-day destination food festival is set to make its debut on the Sunshine Coast on 8–11 August 2019. In 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 the unique local environment. 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 farm tours – also featuring in the program.

Japanese Chef Zaiyu Hasegawa

In a sneak peak of the line-up of top chef talent, Tokyo’s Zaiyu Hasegawa from the two-Michelin-starred 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 overall.

The full festival program of events and talent line-up will be revealed in March 2019.

From the refined chefs to the finest Sunshine Coast produce, you’re invited to a food festival like no other. Against the backdrop of the region’s diverse natural beauty from the lush hinterland of rainforests and valleys, to the majestic Glass House Mountains and iconic beaches, the scene is set for a revitalising holiday and memorable culinary experiences.

The Curated Plate Culinary Festival is being supported by Sunshine Coast Council, the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland (the event will also feature on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar), Visit Sunshine Coast and Fairfax Events & Entertainment.

Spirit House Cooking School
Spirit House Cooking School

“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,” said Simon Latchford, CEO of Visit Sunshine Coast.

“We also have a special affinity with Asian cuisine, with renowned Asian-influenced restaurants and cooking schools such as the Spirit House and Tamarind, that make the most of our fresh tropical produce.

The artful dishes of Japanese chef Zaiyu Hasegawa
The artful dishes of Japanese chef Zaiyu Hasegawa

“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.”

“The Sunshine Coast has long been a home to some of Australia’s greatest produce and some amazing restaurants,” Mayor Mark Jamieson said.

“This new event will be fantastic way to showcase our region and profile our local award-winning food producers and restaurateurs.

“We look forward to welcoming guests to our beautiful part of the world and invite them to discover what makes us such a great destination for fantastic food.”

Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said this new event would shine a light on the region’s rich culinary offerings.

“The Curated Plate Culinary Festival will help raise the profile of the Sunshine Coast as a ‘foodie’ destination,” she said.“The Sunshine Coast is well known for its beaches, rainforests and mountain ranges, but it also boasts high quality produce and unique paddock-to-plate dining experiences.

“Tourism is a vital industry for the Sunshine Coast, injecting $2.5 billion into the local economy and supporting 23,000 local jobs. That’s why the Palaszczuk Government is proud to be supporting this event that will showcase the great produce of the Sunshine Coast.

“We invest in local events because they deliver a strong economic return for the tourism industry”.

Spicers Tamarind cuisine

For all Curated Plate event details and travel packages, visit

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