Costa to share real food enthusiasm at Food Festival

The Real Food Festival is a celebration of food. Held at the Sunshine Coast on 13 – 14 September, it showcases local producers, manufacturers, retailers and restaurants and offers a unique opportunity to talk, taste and buy.

As well as an action-packed program which includes a cook-off between local Mayor (Mark Jamieson) and Environment Minister and Member for Glasshouse (Andrew Powell), the paddock to plate exhibitions and a heap of talks and demonstrations, Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis has just been added to the bill.

Costa is a landscape architect who has an all-consuming passion for plants and people – he knows how to bring out the best in both of them, and takes great pleasure in bringing them together. He is also a gardening enthusiast who is passionate about sourcing local ingredients to use in cooking. And he’ll share the limelight with students from Montville and Conondale State Schools who are involved in Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden program. That program aims to encourage kids to learn how to grow and cook their own fruit and vegetables.

Festival Director Julie Shelton said that having Costa on board was very exciting.

“The kids from two of our local State Schools are thrilled that Costa will be helping them out during the festival,” she said. “Among other things, Costa will be helping the kids recycle used coffee cups from the festival and plant lettuce seedlings in them to take home and grow,” Julie said.

Costa believes in embracing and celebrating mother nature’s cycles and seasons and nurturing her balance, beauty and bounty organically.  His holistic approach is all about gardening the soil and the soul.

Julie said Costa has an infectious character and passion for growing your own food so it will be great to see him working alongside the kids involved in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program – which has the aim of making pleasurable food education accessible to every Australian primary school.

The Real Food Festival will be held at the Maleny Showgrounds, 13 Stanley River Road, Maleny on 13 & 14 September from 9am to 4pm daily and will showcase an abundance of good foods from more than 90 Sunshine Coast producers, manufacturers and restaurants. Entry is $20 for a daily adult pass and children under 16 are free.

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For more information or high res. photos from the 2013 Festival, please contact Michelle Smytheman, Reflected Image PRoductions on 07 5445 2633, 0408 401 198 or email or Julie Shelton on 0439 944 690 or email

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