From farm to fork, Sunshine Coast tour takes you behind the scenes of thriving local producers

April 9, 2019

Josh Donohoe, of Creative Tours and Events, has been working with Maleny’s Brouhaha Brewery to create the Farm to Fork Tour that tells the story of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland’s community, collaboration, and most of all, its fresh produce.

“The tour is designed to take you behind the scenes of private farms and meet local producers, hear their stories and sample the amazing local produce of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.” Mr Donohoe explains.

The Farm To Fork Tour offers guests a journey through the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, providing a hands-on experience at Sunshine Coast Coffee Roastery, The Falls Farm and Maleny Wagyu, before finishing at Brouhaha Brewery for a four-course degustation of the local produce paired with four of Brouhaha’s craft beers.

Guests are joined by Head Chef, James and Head Brewer, Matt, who share local stories behind the food and beer.

In the lead up to the announcement of the Sunshine Coast destination food festival, The Curated Plate, Mr Donohoe has taken two buses full of Industry Professionals, Tourism Specialists, Food and Drink Bloggers and Visit Sunshine Coast representatives and offered them a sneak peak some of the producers who will be involved with the four day food festival.

The Farm to Fork Tours are available Wednesday to Friday and are limited to an intimate group for four to ten people. Each tour runs for approximately 6.5 hours from 9:30am to 4pm, with pick up available from Caloundra, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Noosa and additional locations on request.

Tour prices range from $200 to $260 per person, depending on the numbers.

More information and bookings can be made online at https://creativetours. com.au/custom-tours/farm-to-fork/ or [email protected]

For more information and photo content, contact Josh at [email protected] or 0438823377

CC’s Big Rosella Festival

April 9, 2019

It’s that time of the year again when the Petersen’s Farm at Woolooga celebrate their annual Big Rosella Festival on Sunday 5th May 2019. On it’s 4th year, it will be a great day to enjoy a day at their farm. There are over 3,000 Rosella trees planted this season and in May the mature bushes will be loaded with the deep red rosella fruits. They also planted other crops ready for picking such as gourmet tomatoes, cape gooseberry, eggplant, chillies, snake beans, okra, cassava, red bora beans, tomatillos, choi sum, gailann, coriander, borlotti beans, butter beans and more.

The guest chefs will create delicious dishes showcasing the well-loved rosella and other homegrown produce. This year’s line up includes:
JASON FORD – Food Ambassador of South Burnett Region
JAMES BARNDEN – local head chef from Charlie’s Hotel Gympie
VALERIE FERDINANDS – MKR 2017 Runner Up

Plus their very own homecook CC Diaz-Petersen will be up on stage sharing her own twist to homecooking.

Celebrating All Things Rosella includes the popular farm tours, cooking demos and some fun games involving Rosellas. There will be a huge display of CC’S Kitchen fine food products including over 25 Rosella related products and fresh produce. CC will prepare an array of homemade food available to purchase on the day. Free face painting for the kids too.

The Big Rosella Festival will be supporting the local Gootchie CWA ladies in raising funds for their project by selling raffle tickets. Better still the ladies will be making scones and jam drops.

Make sure to book your tickets now via: https://www.ccskitchen.com.au/event/big-rosella-festival/

Entry Fee $5 and kids under 12 Free. This is a no smoking and dog family friendly event. Remember to wear comfotable shoes and a hat.

Venue: PETERSEN’S FARM
2 REILLY RD WOOLOOGA QLD 4570

Enquiries: Call CC on 0411 624 648

If your organising a bus tour make sure you pre book your tickets.

This is one of a kind farm day experience in the Gympie region and support these farmers putting up their own event.

New Initiatives for FAN Members

April 28, 2018

FAN’s vision is to actively contribute to the doubling of the region’s food and agribusiness industry by 2030. A key enabler for this is facilitate new opportunities for knowledge sharing and collaboration both across our membership base and with the broader industry. To help support this vision we have 2 exciting new initiatives that we’ll be bringing our members over the coming months.

Capability Directory

FAN applied for and was successful in receiving a grant from the Sunshine Coast Council to develop a capability directory for members.

What will this do? It will provide you with access to the contact details for FAN members. It will enable you to see what they do and their key capabilities. Collaboration opportunities will also be included. For example, many of our members are interested in group purchasing, sharing storage or seeking commercial kitchen space.

In our industry survey conducted in early 2018, we asked what are the top 3 things that you’d like to know about other FAN members. We have also directly consulted with many of you seeking this information. We now have a defined list and during May, Kelly Gillies will be calling all FAN members to gather the information for the directory. FAN sponsor Sparx Digital will be integrating this into the members section of our website. We believe this will be a valuable resource for our members and lead to new connections and collaborations.

Please contact [email protected] or o466 634 465 for further information.

Member to Member Insights

FAN now has 210 members from across the value chain, including input suppliers, farmers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, exporters, logistics and services. You all have unique skill sets and knowledge and experience that can benefit other FAN members. What we’re offering is the opportunity for you to host a session on a topic that you feel would benefit other FAN members. We’ll promote this to our network and manage the RSVPs through Eventbrite.

To kick of this new Member to Member Insights initiative, FAN members Brandhouse Communications and Kenilworth Dairies will be hosting a get together on 15 May to share the Kenilworth Dairies rebrand journey. To reserve your place click here.

Places at these events are limited and available only to FAN members.

If you’re interested in hosting a Member to Member Insights session please contact [email protected] or 0432 865 492.

*topics to be approved by FAN and dates are subject to FAN’s events calendar.

FAN heads to Fine Food Sydney

July 10, 2017

In September this year nine FAN members will head to Sydney to take part in Fine Food on a Sunshine Coast stand. The event, held between 11-14 September, is a showcase of the food industry’s latest products and attracts national and international buyers from restaurants, cafes, bakeries, retailers, caterers, bars, hotels and other food businesses.

This year Commercial Drinks, an industry event dedicated to bars and venues, will run alongside Fine Food and showcase top craft and artisan beer, wine and spirits brands. With more than 30,000 trade visitors expected to attend the event, Fine Food is a significant opportunity for our industry to spread their wings beyond the region.

In addition to being able to explore new market opportunities and gather valuable feedback about their products, the participating businesses will benefit from being exposed to over 1,000 exhibiting brands and have the opportunity to discover new tastes, learn and network.

Of the 11 companies co-exhibiting and providing product for a product display on the stand, FAN is delighted that nine are FAN members. They are:
Walter’s Artisan Bread
COYO
Montville Coffee
Belladotti
QCamel
KOKOPOD Chocolate
Kenilworth Country Foods
SunLife Superfoods
The Country Chef Bakery Co.

Fine Food’s Event Director Minnie Constan will be visiting the Sunshine Coast on 3 August to meet with our exhibitors and share her tips for getting the most out of the event.

Other FAN members who will have their own stand at the event include Gourmet Garden and The Fresh Chai Co.

This year’s delegation has been made possible thanks to a partnership between the Sunshine Coast Council and FAN. In future years we hope to open up opportunities for exhibitors in the Greater Sunshine Coast region.

Food and Beverage Trade Mission to China – May 2017

January 25, 2017

Calling All Sunshine Coast Food & Beverage Exporters!

Date Claimer:  May 2-11, 2017
Destination:  Shanghai & Hong Kong
Key Event:  HOFEX 2017 – The largest food & hospitality tradeshow in Asia.
Priority Sector:  Food and Beverage
Supported by: Sunshine Coast Council and Trade & Investment Queensland

This export trade mission provides regional exporters the opportunity to travel to Shanghai in Mainland China where they will participate in a series of market briefings, site visits, meeting programs, a product showcase and networking event, in addition to potential opportunities for business matching and private appointments. 

Delegates then have the option to showcase their Premium, Fresh and Organic Food and Beverages at HOFEX 2017 – Asia’s Leading Food & Hospitality Tradeshow in Hong Kong at the Queensland pavilion organised by Trade and Invest Queensland. (EOI_registration_Food Trade Mission to HOFEX, HK & Taiwan)

 Participation in this trade mission will provide Sunshine Coast exporters the opportunity to:

  • Hear from and connect with experts in the Food Service and Hospitality industries in Shanghai
  • Attend site visits at some of China’s most prominent businesses
  • Gain a better understanding of distribution logistics and supply chain for e-commerce in China
  • Attend presentations and roundtable discussions designed to give delegates a unique and valuable insight into the Chinese market
  • Gain a valuable network to assist delegates business in China.

 To register your interest and further details please email: [email protected]