Published on January 14, 2019 | in Eat

In its second year, the Sunshine Coast Asian Food Festival returns to the serene grounds of Spicers Tamarind Retreat on Saturday 16 February.

A perfect occasion to gather friends and family for an afternoon of vibrant Asian street food, refreshing beverages, great sounds and relaxing pleasures, the Tamarind’s highly acclaimed Head Chef Daniel Jarrett will be offering flavoursome food alongside opportunities for guests to gain new cooking skills by attending the Asian cooking demonstrations hosted by The Tamarind’s talented chefs in the Cooking School. Prestigious wines, gins, cocktails, Brouhaha beer and other tipples will be on offer, as well as a taste-and-learn Riesling master class hosted by Spicers’ knowledgeable and awarded sommelier, Peter Marchant. Numerous street stalls offer an array of tempting food and drinks, and the experts are there to share their knowledge. Guests will be free to meander through the lush and serene rainforest of Tamarind Retreat and can also bring their own picnic blankets and cushions to lounge on the slopes of the grassed amphitheatre and enjoy the live entertainment, including talented singer-guitarist Dan McGarhan.

Spicers Tamarind Retreat offers rainforest fringed luxury, combining modern luxury facilities with Asian features and styling. The Tamarind restaurant, under the inspired direction of Head Chef Daniel Jarrett, has earned an enviable reputation on the Sunshine Coast for Modern Asian cuisine. Awarded One Chef Hat in the 2018 National Good Food Guide, The Tamarind’s menu is Asian fusion at its best – effortlessly combining sweet, sour and spicy flavours with fresh local produce – the perfect meeting of traditional and new. Originally French trained, Daniel continues to delight modern Thai food lovers in South East Queensland. His passion for food, combined with his outstanding culinary ability has seen him receive a number of awards.

Words by Mehitabel Douglas-Drysdale