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Gourmet Maleny Montville Food Tours

Maleny Montville Local Food ToursIn 2013 Lisa Blainey-Lewin created & tested six different local food bus routes for us visiting our fabulous local food providers all over the Sunshine Coast. One of those routes, the Maleny, Montville tour was so popular during 2014 with Lisa at the helm we partnered with Lynn from Mystic Mountain Tours, Karen & Richard from Montville Coffee, Sara & Markus of Maleny Cheese Factory, Chris & Jodi from Pomodoras on Obi, Pete & Belinda of Wild Rocket at Misty’s, Matilda from Gourmet Afrika, Ross Hopper of Maleny Dairies and the volunteers from Maleny Visitor Information Centre to bring you the same tour each month.

This ran until October 2014 when we ceased our subsidy of the tours and Lisa began running them and new food tours under a new business Food Tale Tours.

In April 2015 Lisa sold the tours to Lynn from Mystic Mountain Tours who continues to run them today both as scheduled tours and smaller private tours.

We are very proud to have played a part in establishing local food tours on the Sunshine Coast.


Matilda from Gourmet Afrika

Matilda Gourmet AfrikaMatilda Scarfe local producer of Gourmet Afrika range of products recently took a group over to South Africa on a ‘Gourmet Safari’, to meet the locals, taste some of the dishes and see the animals.She says the diversity of culture in the country has introduced new South African versions of mainly European dishes into homes and restaurants in South Africa. This ‘blending of flavours’ is an emerging trend in South Africa and has developed as a result of the merging of local flavours with migrant’s favourite traditional meals. One of these is the Bobotie Lasagne which takes a traditional South African meat dish (Bobotie) and blends it with the Greek lasagne, creating a spicy union of the two traditional meals.

Did you know that Matilda Scarfe’s kitchen is a regular stop on the Maleny, Montville Local Food Bus Tour? Matilda recently gave a cooking demonstration and taste test including the newly released and very popular Gourmet Afrika Dukka at the Maleny IGA Gifts & Gourmet store “Foodie Night.”

What a great opportunity it was to try some of the diverse flavours of South Africa – the ‘rainbow nation’. The name refers to the country being a melting pot of cultures from across the globe, with Malaysian, Afrikaans, English, French and German people just some of the different nationalities living in the country Matilda cooked her Special Malay Curry for us, and said she wants people to know that unlike in India, South African curries are rarely hot. They are however, very flavoursome, due to the combination of the many different herbs and spices in the recipe.

Maleny & Montville Gourmet Local Food Tours in 2014

Maleny IGA Local Food Bus TripA great day out! NEW for 2014 are monthly Maleny IGA Maleny & Montville Local Food Bus Tours. Leaving at 8.45am for a jam packed foodie day, visiting 6 local producers, enjoying a gourmet lunch and all in the scenic Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Tickets are $59. NOTE: this is a heavily subsided and discounted ticket price designed to kick start local food tours in our region. Dates for 2014:

You can buy your ticket from Maleny Visitor Info Centre or via our Maleny IGA Eventbrite Booking Page.

Announcing our 2013 "Sunshine Coast Local Food Experiences" Bus Trips

Sunshine Coast Local Food Experience Tickets Our inaugural Sunshine Coast Local Food Experiences Bus Trip left Maleny IGA on 22 July 2013.  Travelling in a comfortable mini-bus our 1st group enjoyed a gourmet lunch by caterer and local supplier Black Ant Gourmet in Kin Kin. Gluten Free Grain Free Company, tastings & morning tea with Tania Hubbard and Fab Slabs factory tour plus a talk by Felix from Kin Kin Naturals.

Organised by Lisa Blainey-Lewin with Arcadia Love as your host on the bus each month, so you'll have lots of fun and games along the way. Enjoy meeting local food suppliers and making a connection from the person to their product.

Tickets are $49 and include a small goodie bag, lunch and morning tea. Tickets are available for purchase now @Maleny IGA, 26 Maple St, Maleny from their Customer Service Kiosk or online

NOTE: this is a heavily subsided and discounted ticket price designed to kick start local food tours in our region.


Tuesday 20 August 2013 Montville and the top of the range Thursday 12 September 2013 Beerwah, Woodford, Wamuran Tuesday 22 October 2013 Sippy Creek, Caloundra, Yandina Tuesday 19 November 2013 Noosa Tuesday 3 December 2013 Kenilworth

NOTE: Itineraries may change without notice due to weather and local supplier availability.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event? Yes you need to be 18 and over to attend.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? All day parking is available on Willow Lane, behind Maleny IGA with the new "Waterfall Walkway" the easiest way to access Maleny Supa IGA. Hinterland Connect Bus Stop is on Maple St and an easy stroll to Maleny IGA.

What can/can't I bring to the event? You can bring your cameras, sunhats, water bottle, umbrellas, jackets and smile. Please leave all at home alcoholic beverages.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions? Contact Maleny IGA Store Manager Sam Davies either by email: or by phone 07 5494 2257

Is my registration/ticket transferrable? Under special circumstances ie illness, work roster change etc the event organiser may allow your ticket to be transferred to a friend, with a minimum of 24 hours notice before the event.

Can I update my registration information? Yes via your Event Brite account or by contacting the event organiser.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Yes, and please bring photo id.

What is the refund policy? Tickets are non-refundable. Please contact the organiser immediately you cannot attend. If at the organisers discretion they are able to on sell your ticket you will be refunded the cost of the ticket less the booking fee of $3.82.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay? With prior permission of the event organiser.

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