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If you can’t ‘stomach’ the Federal Election this weekend, stomach the Real Food Festival on the Sunshine Coast instead

September 4, 2013 DESTINATION No Comments Email Email

While the Federal Election may still be top of mind for many Australians, the mood in the electorate suggests that a large percentage of the population is looking for more ‘palatable’ options this coming weekend.

Since the election was called, the Real Food Festival on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has experienced a surge in bookings, with a record crowd expected at the Maleny Showground over the two days (Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 September).
For those needing a political fix, a polling booth at the Maleny High School will be open on the Saturday, but with over half a million Australians having already pre-voted, it suggests that many have opted instead for a weekend unencumbered by the political machinations on the hustings.
The Real Food Festival showcases the Sunshine Coast at its best, with the region’s natural beauty complemented by a rich array of exotic and organic produce, entertainment, and family-friendly activities.
There will be over 120 exhibitors, as well as cooking demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on activities presented by the region’s most passionate farmers, retailers and chefs at the picturesque Maleny Showgrounds.
There are four venues operating this year to cater for all tastes including the Real Food Kitchen, which will feature 10 cooking demonstrations showcasing the skills and passion of the Sunshine Coast’s talented chefs, along with guest chef, Martin Boetz (former Longrain executive chef), considered one of Australia’s leading connoisseurs in contemporary Asian cuisine.
The Food for Thought and Nourishing Ideas venues could have been useful for politicians to attend, but the focus will be squarely on food and health topics, while the Paddock is where the primary production and grow-your-own action is.
There is entertainment throughout the weekend with some exciting street performers, and Show Bags full of deals and offers. Entry is just $15 per adult (kids free).
“Of course we announced the Real Food Festival long before the election was announced, and what will be particularly nice about this year’s event is that people from all sides of politics will be able to forget the previous five weeks of electioneering and just vote with their stomachsinstead,” says Festival organiser, Julie Shelton.

“The Real Food Festival is a true community event and therefore it is authentic and relaxed with real character and charm that reflects the local region. The only prediction that we’re really interested in for next weekend is the weather forecast – and that’s looking just about perfect withsunshine and mid-20s temperatures over the two days. Not surprisingly, we’re confident of a landslide swing to the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.”

To make it a perfect weekend break for visitors, Sunshine Coast Destination and the Real Food Festival have teamed up to offer a variety of special accommodation packages that also include discounted entry to the Real Food Festival.
Packages offered include Hinterland stays, as well as hotel and apartment options on the coast – just 30 minutes away from Maleny. Two nights at the luxury Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat in Montville with festival tickets is available for $612 per couple. Up to six people can stay at Spinnaker Quays Apartments, Mooloolaba in a 3 bedroom apartment for two nights with tickets to the Festival as well as a $100 restaurant discount voucher & $50 beauty salon voucher – all for just $684 for the weekend.

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