Friday 2 May 2008


Foodies on the Sunshine Coast are advised to put Sunday 13 July in their dairy as the date for the 2008 Eumundi Food Fest. The annual event (now in its sixth year) brings together local producers, growers, chefs, restaurateurs, entertainers and food lovers with a host of activities and entertainment throughout the day.

Eumundi Food Fest Coordinator Wendy Birrell says Eumundi's village atmosphere is the ideal setting for an event that has become a "must do" for those with an appreciation of fresh and fabulous food.

"The Tucker Tent is the main hub of the Food Fest, it will be the place to enjoy all sorts of foodie fun – with cooking presentations and demonstrations throughout the day," Wendy says.

"We'll have a Celebrity Cook-off (a cooking competition between celebrities rather than us cooking the celebrities!), with each celebrity partnered with a local chef," she says. "We'll also have a Raw Talent Cook-off featuring school students partnered with local chefs, and a Ripe Talent Cook-off that will see hospitality students do battle in the Food Fest kitchen."

"The cook-offs are guaranteed great fun, as each team will be given a box of unknown ingredients from which they must create a dish against the clock – with the audience deciding the winner."

The Eumundi Food Fest will also include a Farmer's Market, showcasing the sub-tropical, the unusual and unique local foods and produce.

"And our Food to Go area also has a great variety of takeaway delights, many of which are tapas style, allowing people to enjoy a variety of flavours and creations," Wendy says.

"It's an ideal setting to design your own gourmet picnic from the stalls around, then sit back, relax and listen to local musicians while sipping a quality Sunshine Coast wine."

The Noosa Beach Classic Car Club will also be hosting their 'Show and Shine' display – an impressive gathering of sparkling classic motor vehicles. Situated right in the middle of the Food Fest, the display will provide scores of delicious cars to drool over. 

A truly great day out in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, the Eumundi Food Fest is an event not to be missed.

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