Long table dining experience set to excite locals and visitors

By Sonia Isaacs Clark

ARTISAN food producers Sara and Markus Bucher, from Obi Obi Dairy and Maleny Cheese, are excited to be partnering on three unique culinary events during the Curated (Side) Plate Festival which kicks off on Friday July 29. The 10-day foodie-fest will feature local farms, restaurants, tourism and event operators serving up a feast of food and beverage experiences to entice locals and visitors to enjoy the gourmet abundance of our region.

Partnering with bespoke dining event team ‘People, Plates & Places’, Sara said she was very much looking forward to showcasing her produce at two exceptional long table outdoor dining events on Friday July 29 and Sunday July 31 as part of the festival.

“This is a way to connect with our community, and new and existing customers while showcasing and celebrating our food producers in this beautiful food bowl called the Sunshine Coast,” said Sara.

Billed as ‘The Third Plate: an exclusive hinterland culinary experience’, both lavish long table events will run for five hours and feature a sustainably sourced six course menu with premium wine pairing. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the producers and learn more about how their dining experience has been grown, produced, and created. Promising a top shelf dining event that will bring ‘plates to the paddock’ in a unique restaurant without walls setting, all food will be prepared, cooked, and served by the chef and staff in the paddock. As well as featuring Maleny Cheese products, Longhorn beef from the Obi Obi Dairy will be prepared using a ‘whole beast’ approach to support sustainable practices and offer an authentic tail to plate experience.

Sara said the specially secured location, owned by a local farmer in his 80s, was within one kilometre of the Maleny Cheese factory at Balmoral Ridge and had never been used for an event like this before. “It’s an absolutely gorgeous spot on Sinclairs Lane, we’ve driven past many times and often thought how stunning the views were from this particular farm, and so we are just thrilled that this will be setting for these unique long table events,” said Sara.

To find out more and to book The Third Plate and Celebrating Maleny’s Dairy Producers events visit: thecuratedplate.com.au

Ross Hopper, Sara Bucher – from Maleny Cheese, Norman Scott and Alistair McLeod