Spicers Tamarind Retreat is excited to be hosting our highly-anticipated annual Sunshine Coast Asian Food Festival on Saturday 5 August 2023 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Join us for an unforgettable culinary adventure as some of the best Asian restaurants on the Sunshine Coast come together, including The Tamarind, Rice Boi, Sum Yung Guys and Spirit House.

While festival tickets are now sold out, you can still purchase tickets for bus transfers from Brisbane and a range of locations on the Sunshine Coast.

Set against the backdrop of the lush Maleny rainforest, enjoy incredible Asian cuisine, live entertainment and cooking demonstrations throughout the day. With a focus on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and innovative techniques, our participating chefs will showcase the vibrant flavours and cultural diversity of Asian cuisine.

General entry tickets include five mouth-watering Asian dishes and two matching beverages plus cooking demonstrations. If you wish to join our Riesling Master Class, there is a separate ticket that includes this.

This year you can purchase an all-inclusive ticket which includes five food tickets, one entry into the Riesling Master Class and a 4-hour unlimited beverage package including beverages by the glass (excludes champagne).

Ticket prices start from $135 per adult and $95 per child.

Bring a picnic blanket and relax in the sunshine whilst enjoying the amazing tastes of Asia.

Due to the nature of this event unfortunately dietary requirements cannot be catered for. This is an outdoor event and will proceed in all weather conditions.

The Sunshine Coast Asian Food Festival is part of The Curated Plate culinary festival, and has been supported by Tourism and Events Queensland, the Sunshine Coast Council and Visit Sunshine Coast.

If you have any questions, please contact our reception team on reception on 07 5420 5420 or [email protected].


For the convenience of guests, optional return bus transfers are available to be added to your ticket for $20 departing from Noosa, Caloundra,  Mooloolaba and Brisbane.

A park and ride shuttle will also run between Spicers and the Maleny Historical Society throughout the day.

Noosa Bus
11:30 am – departs Noosa Junction Bus Station
11:35 am – departs Noosa Heads Bus Station
Arrives at Spicers Tamarind Retreat approx 12:45 pm
Departs Spicers Tamarind Retreat at 5:00 pm

Caloundra Bus
12:00pm – departs Caloundra Transit Centre
Arrives at Spicers Tamarind Retreat approx 12:45 pm
Departs Spicers Tamarind Retreat at 5:00 pm

Mooloolaba Bus
12:00pm – departs Sea Life Mooloolaba
Arrives Spicers Tamarind Retreat approx 12:45pm
Departs Spicers Tamarind Retreat at 5:00 pm

Brisbane Bus
11:00am – departs Spicers Balfour Hotel
Arrives at Spicers Tamarind Retreat at approx 12:45pm
Departs Spicers Tamarind Retreat at 5pm
Returns to Spicers Balfour Hotel at approx 6:30pm


Enjoy a range of delicious Asian-inspired street food dishes, complete with dessert by Maleny Food Co and drinks from some of the Sunshine Coast’s best beverage producers.

The Tamarind
Sticky, juicy, incredibly tender slow-cooked Chinese-style pork ribs coated in a Hoi Sin and five spice-flavoured sauce made with local honey.

Sum Yung Guys
Hainanese chicken, made with steamed chicken thigh, spring onion, ginger relish, chilli sauce and garlic rice.

Spirit House
Prawn roll made with Mooloolaba king prawns served in BBQ-toasted Taiwanese milk buns, covered with a slaw of cabbage, kaffir lime, shallots, spring onion, Vietnamese mint and Thai basil, with a green nam jim dressing of local Green Valley finger lime, mayonnaise and chervil.

Rice Boi
10-hour slow-cooked beef short rib in a Penang curry sauce.

To match the sensational food on offer, an epic round of the Sunshine Coast’s own beverage producers will be pouring the drinks. There will be craft beer from Moffat Beach Brewing Co, inspired cocktails from Sunshine and Sons Cocktail Bar, Brockenchack Wines, as well as Champagne by the glass and bottle from the prestige House of Taittinger. Sunny Coast Water will have the most delicious way to stay cool and hydrated through the day, with a thirst-quenching range of non-alcoholic beverages, including kombucha.

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Spicers Tamarind Retreat is the perfect place from which to explore the stunning surrounds of the Sunshine Coast.

From the stunning Glass House Mountains in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland to the wide-open beaches, there is a new experience waiting at every turn on the Sunshine Coast.

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