The famous Buderim Ginger Factory nestled in the Sunshine Coast hinterland will be a hive of activity from the 17th to 19th of January 2020. The annual festival celebrates everything ginger and especially the history of the one hundred plus-year-old Buderim Ginger Factory. This is a great way to spend the weekend with the family, by exploring the wonders of the Sunshine Coast, learning and supporting local farmers, businesses and communities.
The festival this year will be hosting cooking demonstrations from local and renowned chefs such as Matt Golinski, Lisa Mahar from Virgin Australia's boutique island resort Makepeace Island and will whip up a Ginger Cheesecake. Along with Noosa's very own Fiona Williams from Fiona Fancies gourmet cake shop, Fiona will be taking to the stage to share her Ginger, Pear and Chocolate Friand on Sunday January 19th. Or if you're not a sweet tooth and prefer something more savoury, join Dan Penfolds from Penfolds Catering as he shows you how to make a fast and fresh ginger beef taco on Friday and Sunday. But if all this food is too much and you need to simplify things, then check out Maria Sturre as she runs through the benefits of ginger for health and pain relief on Friday afternoon.
If you don't want to check out one of the cooking demonstrations, then what better way to invest some time into learning about growing ginger and a subtropical garden. The garden is a hub for any green thumb or ginger enthusiast, with talks varying from how to grow and harvest ginger, turmeric and galangal, understanding a subtropical garden, propagating your own plants and which bees are best for your garden. But with the dramatic decrease in the bee population, if there is one talk not to be missed, it is by Head Bee Keeper at the Ginger Factory Gayle Currie. On Sunday afternoon, Gayle will guide you through creating a bee habitat and attracting bees to your garden.
To draw attention to the declining bee population, this year, artist Sophy Blake will display her bee-inspired art installation called To Bee Or Not To Bee. Sophy will also be hosting an art workshop where you can make your own bee artwork. Along with Sophy, resident artist Sharon Wood will be creating a live installation over the festival duration, inspired by the local tropical garden at the Ginger Factory.
The Ginger Factory store: image courtesy The Ginger Factory
This year the festival will be showcasing a variety of local food producers, where everyone can stop, talk, taste and support our local farmers and businesses. This year the festival community expands with food trucks, Iced Tea Bars as well as the traditional ginger ice-creamery and café, where a variety of ginger goodies is available for everyone to enjoy. For further information, check out www.gingerfactory.com.au