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Real Food Festival to descend on Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast’s 2013 Real Food Festival, will offer visitors a unique opportunity to delve into an array of interesting topics during the weekend-long event from 7th to 8th September.

Real Food Festival to descend on Sunshine Coast

One segment that is sure to be of interest is, ‘Food and Spirituality: the sacredness of nourishing food’, a discussion about the unique relationship between food and spirituality that will be held at the Food For Thought venue at 2.30pm on Sunday.

Festival Director, Julie Shelton said the panel conversation would explore food in the context of different belief systems and was sure to stimulate interest from festival goers.

The panel will feature Ananda Marga nun, Didi Ananda Tapomaya from the Ananda Marga River School in Maleny, Jewish Rabbi Don Levy from the Temple Shalom on the Gold Coast and Bev Hand from Mimburi Upper Mary Aboriginal Association in the Mary Valley.

Proudly supported by event partner, IGA Sunshine Coast, the festival will also host more than 120 Sunshine Coast based exhibits ranging from specialty foods to food-related products and services.

There will also be a full schedule of cooking demonstrations and information sessions across its four exciting venues – the Kunara Real Food Kitchen, Jeffers Market Nourishing Ideas, Food for Thought and Eumundi Market Food Craft.

The Real Food Festival will be held at the Maleny Showgrounds, 13 Stanley River Road, Maleny on 7th – 8th September from 9am to 4pm daily and will showcase an abundance of local foods from Sunshine Coast producers, manufacturers and restaurants. Entry is $15 for a daily adult pass and children under 16 are free.

For more information on the Real Food Festival, visit the Festival website at

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