Creatively Curated Plate

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The Sunshine Coast’s culinary festival, The Curated Plate returns with a 2022-sized serving. Deb Caruso peruses the menu.

Strap yourselves in and loosen the belt buckle for a tempting, tasty and terrific taste tour of the Sunshine Coast’s food and drink scene when The Curated Plate returns from 29 July to 7 August.

Making its debut in 2019, The Curated Plate showcased local produce curated by international, national, and local chefs to foodie audiences from the coast to the hinterland. Following cancellations in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, the event is back with a tasty twist.

In what the organisers have dubbed a ‘2022-Sized Serving’; The Curated (side) Plate will ‘build from the ground up’ with local businesses driving a creative calendar of more than 85 events from workshops to tours; brunches to lunches; farmgate experiences to gala dinners.

The ten-day program will showcase more than 170 producers, chefs, restaurants and cafes, tourism and event experiences and farm-gate activities with more experiences expected to be added to the program in the coming weeks!

From tours of farms, distilleries, breweries and markets; to masterclasses on fermentation, coffee and organic farming. Sample perfect matches such as Cider and Cheese (who knew?!); Pol Roger and Seafood (of course!) and Mr Barista coffee liqueur and donuts! From a Taste of Switzerland in Coolum; to native bushfoods and seafood cruises; seafood banquets and long lunches galore – there is truly something to suit every taste and budget.

Check out The Curated (side) Plate 2022 program and get booking!


  • Producer and Farmgate Experiences
  • Workshops and Masterclasses
  • Food & Beverage Tours and Experiences
  • Hospitality Events
  • Brunches and Lunches
  • To see the full calendar of culinary events, visit

Paradise Rum 

Cocktail Master Class 

Want to know the difference between a Boston shaker and a standard shaker or what glass your cocktail should be served in, garnishes and condiments? Join Simon Jones for a hands-on introduction into the world of muddling, shaking and stirring. Test, try and serve your favourite cocktails on the day and get reserved seating for lunch or dinner depending on your date choice. 

Friday 5 August, 2-3pm; Sunday 7 August, 11-12pm

Distillery Tour 

Enjoy a comprehensive tour and look into the Paradise Rum Distilling process including a tasting paddle and Paradise Rum hat or t-shirt.

Saturday 23 July; 30 July and Sunday 7 August, 11am-noon, $55 + BF

Bella Venezia

Pol Roger & Seafood Degustation 

Enjoy five courses created by Executive Chef Ben Achurch and matched with a line-up of Pol Roger Champagnes including the iconic ‘Sir Winston Churchill’.

Saturday 30 July or 6 August, 12pm-2.30pm $250+BF

Sunshine & Sons

The Sweetest Things 

A perfect pairing between Sunshine & Sons showcasing three cocktails based on their ‘Mr Barista’ coffee liqueur and Silver Tongue Foods with three varieties of sourdough donuts!

Enjoy a masterclass showing what’s involved in making and filling handmade donuts while Sunshine & Sons create their next batch of ‘Mr Barista’ coffee, macadamia liqueur before your eyes. Why not order a takeaway pack of donuts and/or pre-mixed cocktails? 

Saturday 30 July, 10am-noon
Masterclass, $45 + BF
Takeaway packs from $20 +BF

Hello Sunshine Sunday Soiree!

Savvy! Surprising! Spirited!

Enjoy canapés + three-courses from Matt Golinski and Josh Smallwood (ex-Rickys) with The Wonky Loaf’s signature sourdough bread and patisseries! Matched with creative cocktails, premium wines and beer from The Bartenders. Savvy! Surprising! Spirited! Fashion, Food, Fun – dress in yellow or add a splash of sunshine to go in the draw for best dressed! 

Surprise Venue! Sunday 31 July, 12pm-3pm. $225. 

Good Harvest

Long Table Farm Lunch 

Enjoy an immersive paddock-to-plate organic dining experience with local, multi-award winning chef Zeb Gilbert (Makepeace Island) and Australian Organic Farmer of the Year, Mick Dan. 

Feast on a seasonal menu with drinks from local boutique distilleries and producers and be entertained by the sublime sounds of Andrea Kirwin. 

Flavours of the Harvest – Long Table Farm Lunch, Saturday 30 July, 12pm-3pm.
$185 + BF

Lunch & Learn

Get hands-on with Fermentation Fun with Nourishing Wholefoods when Masters Lenni and Shaw will teach you the secrets of fermentation and how to make your own take-home sauerkraut! Or sign up for Home Grown Goodness to go on a farm tour with Mick Dan who will share the principles of organic farming and how you can apply them at home. Both workshops include a warming winter lunch by Frankie’s Woombye with fresh, seasonal produce harvested from the farm.

Fermentation Fun with Nourishing Wholefoods, $50 +BF
Tuesday, 2 August, 10.30am-1pm 

Home Grown Goodness, $50 + BF
Wednesday, 3 August, 10.30am-1pm

Podcast, Pinot & Duck

If you love our Everyone has a Story: Conversations from the Sunshine Coast and Noosa podcast, you’ll love this! 

Enjoy a delectable three-course lunch prepared by Market Bistro’s Executive Chef Harry Lilai and Head Chef Daniel Dobra and paired with matching pinot and inspiring conversation from some of the Sunshine Coast’s most interesting blokes. Be entertained by chats with local chef and restaurateur Tony Kelly; Powderfinger drummer Jon Coghill; IN Noosa Magazine food Writer, Chef and Champion of local producers Matt Golinski and rising star in Australian Motorsport, Harri Jones. 

The host of IN Noosa and Hello Sunshine Magazine’s Everyone has a Story: Conversations from the Sunshine Coast and Noosa Podcast, John Caruso, will introduce the guest speakers to share their story over the very best drops of Pinot paired perfectly with duck and dessert.

Market Bistro, Maroochydore
Thursday 4 August 12pm-2.45pm. $120

About the Author /

Deb has 25+ years' experience providing strategic communications and brand reputation advice to clients in the government, business and not-for-profit clients. She is passionate about Noosa and is an active member of her community, providing PR to Slow Food Noosa and other clients. Her passion lies in working with small businesses to help them succeed. She is planning to release the Tastes of Noosa cookbook with Matt Golinski in 2019.

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