A Celebration of Local Produce at the Real Food Festival

I recently attended the Real Food Festival in Maleny in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. A celebration of local produce, this is the second Real Food Festival, this year spread over 2 days. The festival comprised of talks and discussions on various relevant topics, cooking demonstrations, market stalls, food tastings, kids activities and much more.  Set in a beautiful natural environment at the Maleny Showgrounds, the festival emphasis is on “paddock to plate”, following the food chain from our passionate local producers to the talented chefs of the region.

Real Food FestivalThe festival was an opportunity to learn more about new and unusal foods, with local bushfood Chef Peter Wolfe (Cedar Creek Farm). Other cooking demonstrations were presented by acclaimed chefs including Martin Boetz (Longrain), Cameron Matthews (Spicers Clovelly) and Daniel Jarrett (Spicers Tamarind).

Bunya Nuts

Local bush tucker - Bunya Nuts

The festival also hosted a number of excellent speakers, speaking on topics from Permaculture to Dietary Healing. I attended several discussions, including a talk by internationally renowned nutritionalist Cyndi O’Meara, which was very inspirational.

Cyndi O'Meara

Cyndi O'Meara speaking about nutrition and changing habits

There was a wide selection of market stalls selling gorgous local produce, from artisan bread and cheeses to indigenous plants and fresh fruit and vegetables. A great opportunity to speak to the producers, as well as stock up on healthy nourishing foods (note to self: next year bring a shopping trolley!).

Beautiful fresh local produce

Beautiful fresh local produce

With numerous stalls offering a diverse selection of foods, it was a tough choice deciding what to have for lunch! My partner and I opted on a Mooloolaba Prawn salad from Spicers and a Buffalo Burger from Pomodoras on Obi. And of course we could not go past a Chocolate Brownie for dessert from Freestyle Escape!

The weather put on its perfect Spring best, and all in all it was a great day out. The Real Food Festival is clearly going from strength to strength and will no doubt be a fixture on the foodie’s calendar for quite a few years to come.

Real Food Festival

Next years Real Food Festival will be held on the weekend of the 7 and 8 September 2013.
For more information: www.realfoodfestival.com.au

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