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Real Food Festival, Sunshine Coast

by Christine Salins on August 17, 2014

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“People are very committed to the integrity of their food,” says Julie Shelton, one of the founders of the Real Food Festival in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterland.

The event, which has grown hugely in size and stature since it was first held four years ago, is a must for anyone who appreciates artisan-produced food or is concerned about where their food comes from or how it is produced.

In 2008, Julie went to Terra Madre, a Slow Food event that brings together artisan producers from around the world. It was a pivotal moment for her. “I came back and said, ‘we’ve got it all here and yet we seem to be underselling the region so badly’.”

“What’s come out of it is a really collaborative effort,” says Julie, who is thrilled that so many producers, manufacturers, retailers and restaurants have come on board to showcase their work.

This year’s festival will take place on the weekend of 13-14 September in the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland village of Maleny.

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Other producers to be featured include FishTales, Second Nature Organics, Walker Farm Foods, Obi Obi Essentials and Hermes Strawberries. In addition to chef/producer conversations, the festival will include demonstrations, talks, interactive workshops and kids’ activities.

The Food for Thought venue will offer perspectives on key issues for the region, Food Craft will show kitchen tips and techniques, Nourishing Ideas will focus on diet and health, the Kitchen Garden will give practical advice on gardening, and the Little Sprouts area will inspire kids to develop a lifelong passion for good food.

To wrap up the weekend, local 22-piece band The Unusual Suspects will take to the stage on Sunday afternoon with rousing Balkan rhythms and feet-tapping music.

This is a great opportunity for visitors to experience and taste authentic local food, connect with suppliers from right along the food chain, and to relax and enjoy this very special part of the world.

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Where? Maleny Showgrounds, 13 Stanley River Road, Maleny, Qld Australia
When? 13 – 14 September, 9am to 4pm daily.
Cost? $20. Children under 16 free.
Visit: www.realfoodfestival.com.au
Accommodation packages: Sunshine Coast Destination has special Stay & Play packages that include a 15% discount on entry tickets to the festival. A range of accommodation is available, including Eden Lodge B&B at Mapleton, a short drive from Maleny. Rates start from $180 per room per night, inclusive of breakfast, wi-fi, port and chocolates and 15% discount on festival tickets. Details of accommodation packages.

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Friday Food Tip #68

by Christine Salins on August 15, 2014

FoodLogoFor a great start to the day, blend together 3 frozen ripe bananas (peeled and chopped), 2 cups soy milk, ¼ cup ground almonds, the zest and juice of one and a half limes, and a pinch of cinnamon. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. This mixture will serve four.

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In My Kitchen – August 2014

by Christine Salins on August 11, 2014

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The kitchen in our new home in Queensland is finally starting to assume some order and we’re starting to get back into the swing of creating beautiful food and sharing memorable moments around the dinner table with family and friends. We’re gradually working our way around the markets in Brisbane and the surrounding area. It’s a great way of getting to know our new home and we come home with lots of beautiful produce like the red sweet potatoes we bought at the new market in Carseldine.

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While we were there, we splurged on exquisite Secret Pantry pears poached in vanilla and honey, pictured here with Bredbo smoked garlic and herbs, given to us by a very kind friend who must have known we’ve been missing all the wonderful products we used to the buy at the Capital Region Farmers Market.

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At the Boundary Street markets in West End, we bought delicious lemon curd, so freshly made that the jar still hadn’t been labeled. We’ve also been drinking mango tea and lemon tea from the Real Iced Tea Co, treats that were in the goody bag from the launch of Good Food Month. They have a lovely natural flavour and are not sickly sweet, as a lot of iced teas seem to be.

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Recently we assembled pizzas using ready-made bases, slow-cooked shredded meat and assorted toppings. The meats are a new product from a Queensland company, Sunpork, and there are three types: pork, beef and chicken. The meat is slow-roasted before being shredded, so it only needs to be heated up at home.

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I was sent some samples to play with and there was praise all round for this Chicken and Pesto Pizza, served with a swirl of aioli and fresh rocket. We also made Pizza Mexicana with the shredded pork, and a Meat Lovers Pizza with a combination of pork and beef. This is a really versatile and convenient product that could be used in all sorts of dishes, not to mention on sliders, in burritos or on rolls.

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During our travels in the United States earlier in the year, we were very well-behaved and did hardly any shopping, but I couldn’t resist this cheerful tea-towel as a reminder of our stay in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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I’ve also recently spent some time in Thailand, where I bought a few bottles of coconut oil, the bigger bottle for cooking with and the two smaller bottles for using in salads. They’re pictured with some shrimp paste that I bought from a factory where it was being made, and a jar of Fleur de Cabernet that I bought from Granmonte Wines. Did you know that Thailand has a number of vineyards, and that the wines from Granmonte are of a very high quality? Surprising, isn’t it. It’s run by a very enterprising family who have a lovely restaurant and shop at the cellar door, where you can buy a huge range of products including this wonderful Cabernet-infused salt.

Thanks to Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for hosting In My Kitchen each month – go to her blog and check out all the other great posts.

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