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, taste and buy from them.
With stalls, demonstrations, discussions, hands-on and other activities throughout the weekend, the Festival has something for everyone and is a great way for people to support the best of Sunshine Coast regional food.
What makes our Festival so special?
Enjoy nourishing food - passionately prepared by food enthusiasts who live in the region - right on the doorstep of where it is produced
You’ll feel Connected
Celebrate with us the shared benefits and great friendships formed along the food chain
… and Relaxed
Immerse yourself in the beautiful ambience and natural environment of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, away from urban busy-ness
At the Maleny Showgrounds:
Follow the food chain from paddock to plate while you taste, learn, and laugh…
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).
- The Food for Thought venue is where you can hear experts speak about important food-related topics, such as the connections between diet and health, the sacredness of food and how peak oil will affect our local food economy.
- Our Nourishing Ideas venue, sponsored by Jeffers Market, is the place to go for conversations about a range of topics including those presented in Food for Thought. Ask questions, tell your story or just enjoy a more relaxed setting.
- 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 throughout the weekend with some brilliant street performers, and Show Bags full of deals and offers, not to mention a great bag to re-use at your local farmers’ market.
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.
And all for only $15 entry (kids free)!