New Zealand

This Dreamy Food Festival Is The Perfect Excuse For A Holiday

By Sophie Hart
27th May 2019

Hand in your annual leave now, a dreamy food festival is hitting the Sunshine Coast and it’s the perfect excuse for your next luxury escape. Taking place August 8-11, The Curated Plate brings together world-renowned chefs to deliver a celebration of local and sustainable produce set to the stunning backdrop of rugged coastlines and lush hinterland. There’s a number of events throughout the four-day festival with impressive travel packages to match.

From beachside digs to remote retreats tucked away in the hinterland, we’ve partnered with The Curated Plate to bring you three standout travel itineraries so you can start planning your city escape now.

Your Seaside Getaway

From the moment you step off the plane you’ll quickly fall into holiday mode. Your complimentary transfer will pick you up from the Sunshine Coast airport and take you to Mantra Mooloolaba Beach Resort, located on the Esplanade and right in the thick of it all. Check into your beachside oasis, open the sliding doors to your private balcony and let the salty sea breeze flood in. Here, you’re perfectly positioned with cafes, restaurants and a pristine white-sand beach just steps away. Below, you can soak up the sun at the outdoor pool and spa. Your three night stay is flexible and can start on August 9, 10 or 11 depending on your schedule and includes tickets to the Elements Long Lunch on August 11. This four-course event will be prepared by three highly awarded chefs with a focus on food and flavour presented in its purest form. Get ready, it’s going to be a culinary experience to remember.

The Details

What: Mantra Mooloolaba Beach Package and Elements Long Lunch
When: For three nights, commencing August 9, 10 or 11, 2019
Where: Mantra Mooloolaba Beach Resort
Click here for more information.

A Relaxing Hinterland Escape

Nestled in the spectacular Sunshine Coast hinterland surrounded by a beautiful mango orchard lies the romantic Glass on Glasshouse. The self-contained cottage boasts floor-to-ceiling glass walls with mountain views, a dramatic freestanding double spa bath, and an eco-fire to curl up next to once night falls. In a true farm-to-fork experience, on August 9 you’ll be treated to an exclusive multi-sensory four-course lunch at the magical Weddings at Tiffany’s. The next day, prepare for a gastronomic journey from land to sea, featuring hyper-local ingredients prepared by international cheffing talent at the beautiful Spicers Den. For your final event on August 11, celebrate the tasty uniqueness of the feijoa fruit at the Feijoa Fiesta. On this holiday all you’ll need to prepare for are life-changing eats and total relaxation.

The Details

What: Hinterland Experience Package
When: Four nights, August 8-12, 2019
Where: Glass on Glasshouse
Click here for more information.

For A Taste Of It All

From turquoise waters and golden beaches to the stunning hinterland, for five incredible days you’re going to experience the best of the Sunshine Coast. Kicking off August 8, you’ll check into the Mantra Zanzibar for three nights to get your dose of seaside serenity. Your first night will be spent with some of the most highly regarded chefs at Seasonal Stars for an exclusive four-course dinner made from fresh ingredients and local produce. Spend your next two days hiking around the rugged coastline, swimming in the outdoor heated pool and spa, or arm yourself with a book and plant a parasole at the beach. On your fourth day, head inland to Hinterland Feijoas where you will graze the afternoon away at Australia’s first certified organic feijoa farm on the Sunshine Coast. Your final two nights will be spent in a luxury cottage at Glass on Glasshouse, tucked away in the hinterland. Here, you can explore Montville’s award-winning boozy cellar doors and art galleries. Pure bliss.

The Details

What: Surf, Sand and Hinterland Package
When: Five nights, August 8-13, 2019
Where: Mantra Zanzibar and Glass on Glasshouse
Click here for more information.

Is your suitcase already open and half-packed by now? Get ready for a dreamy and delicious escape to the Sunshine Coast’s The Curated Plate festival.

Image credit: Alana Sapwell, Monique Fiso, Raymond Blanc, Clayton Wells

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by The Curated Plate and proudly endorsed by Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

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