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Sunshine Coast adds a food and agritourism conference to coincide with its food festival

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Sunshine Coast adds a food and agritourism conference to coincide with its food festival
The inaugural CRAFTED Food & Agritourism Conference in Mooloolaba at the end of July will coincide with The Curated Plate, the Sunshine Coast’s young – but successful – food festival which begins on July 28 and runs through to August 6.

 Australian chef Paul West will be a keynote at the conference, while a panel of experts from around Australia and New Zealand will share how their regions became foodie destinations – including through events – and how they work with their local industry to command their culinary narrative.

“The food and agribusiness sector is such an important economic driver across South-East Queensland, and there is a real desire from the consumer to want to know about their produce and where it comes from,” said Nicole McNaughton, Acting CEO of the Food & Agribusiness Network (FAN), which is hosting the event.

“We are fortunate to have an abundance of producers and makers from across the region whose produce and products is getting noticed all over the world and so telling their stories is a wonderful way for people to increase awareness of, and build demand for, the outstanding produce that comes from our regions.

“We have been able to stage a unique Queensland wide food tourism conference as part of The Curated Plate where we will profile our region through the stories of our local producers and makers.

“We’re delighted to be joined by leading regional food tourism experts and hear how they showcase their region – through the profiling of their local producers,” she said.

The new event was developed in partnership with Visit Sunshine Coast in collaboration with other regional partners, and supported as part of the wider Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Project CRAFTED initiative.

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