Range Restaurant and Cafe Awards

14-08-2014 02:17:00


Range Restaurant and Café Awards: We need your help to taste test! Have you been tempted lately? Make it a date and come up to our beautiful Hinterland roof garden and indulge your taste sensations.

We are so fortunate to live in a foodie haven here on the Hinterland and we want to share the joy! The Range Restaurant and Café Awards have been designed to encourage and reward restaurants and cafes for outstanding cuisine, ambiance, service and value for money. With fresh innovative cuisine and gorgeous destinations, the Range is a top food destination.

The good news is that you will be spoilt for choice! With winter here, it is the perfect time to put the focus firmly on good food options in the run up to the Real Food Festival in Maleny September 13/14. Rate your dining experience on the entry forms or online for a chance to win a $200 weekend dining voucher.

Montville Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Maleny Commerce and Hinterland Tourism Sunshine Coast (HTSC) to enable local food businesses to showcase their own unique culinary experience. Ten cafes and thirteen restaurants from Mapleton to Witta have taken up the challenge this year.
The awards are much more than a competition, they are an opportunity for cafes and restaurants to celebrate what they do well. This year we are encouraging diners to reward good service by acknowledging outstanding staff.

There are plenty of reasons to come up to the Hinterland any time. Why not go all out and stay with us. Many dining venues have fabulous accommodation nearby. To help plan your culinary experiences, take a peek at the participating food destinations.

Restaurant and Café Award Entrants' trail: Mapleton to Witta

Mapleton’s Fishtales Cafe is a great little casual café on the Lilyponds. The old favourite fish and chips is a winner. Nearby Bella Vista has the view to accompany great food and warm service from Lee and the crew. This is a local fave so be sure to book.
Flaxton Gardens perched on the escarpment is open for lunch, decadent high teas and delicious dinners. Sit outside and take in the beautiful scenery or stay cosy inside. Just before Montville village on the way to Kondallila, you’ll find the quirky teahouse Elements at Montville. From tasty breakfasts, indulgent high teas and light lunches, the food and service is something to smile about. Elements won the café category last year!
As you head into Montville village, you’ll discover the Mayfield Centre. Follow the view and you will discover The Edge Restaurant with arguably the best view to the sea. A delicious hot breakfast is popular as is the tasty lunch options while taking in the splendid view especially on the weekend. You can count on great service and coffee from The Edge team.

Nestled in the historical precinct in Montville is the delightful Wild Rocket @ Misty’s. Pete Bretnal creates his lunch and dinner dishes and mouth-watering sauces from local produce. This great restaurant is in one of the most beautiful buildings you will find!

In the Montville Village Square is a local favourite, the Montville Coffee Pot. Lots of tasty snacks and light lunches await. Tucked behind the Main Street shops is Bella Cucina, a cosy Italian restaurant with tasty traditional treats and friendly service. Nearby you’ll find Wendy’s Delish up high with a view over a pretty part of the village. Wendy’s burgers are worth stopping for.
Just past the Information Centre, Montville Gourmet Pizzas has a keen crew of young staff eager to impress. Relax on the veranda with one of their delicious gourmet pizzas and leave your worries behind. Nearby Everything Tea offers a fine selection of teas and tasty treats.

Turn into Western Avenue to experience fine food and wine at Flame Hill Vineyard. Genuine hospitality will welcome you to this venue boasting quality produce from their estate vineyards. Further along Western Avenue, follow the Narrows Road to the spectacular Secrets on the Lake. Secrets Café, the 2012 RRA winner, welcomes you with winter warming cuisine for breakfast, lunch, High Tea and lots of sweet options. All food is prepared on site using fresh local produce.

The Long Apron, last year’s multi awarded winner, is a fine food destination and is found in the luxurious Spicers Clovelly Estate in Montville. With Chef and GM, Cameron Matthew’s creative cuisine, your culinary indulgence is sure to be a memorable experience. The Long Apron is open every day for breakfast and features a tasting menu and a la carte dining.
Just before the turn off to Maleny, turn off into Maleny Cheese. You can taste all their locally made cheeses and enjoy their freshly made salads, sandwiches and soup for lunch. The menu features local produce sourced from quality purveyors.

Take a scenic drive along to Cairncross Corner. If the tastes of Africa tempt you, make sure you book into Key Restaurant. Chef Simone’s cuisine is a delicious blend of African, Caribbean and Mediterranean culinary influences. Nearby overlooking a green vista, is The Terrace of Maleny. If you love fresh seafood and great service, this is a must. Look out for their signature seafood extravaganzas.
Across from Cairncross Corner overlooking the rolling hills to the coast, The Reserve Maleny offers fine food and a cellar to salivate over. Set within a landmark dwelling with rustic charm, both a la carte and innovative degustation menus are available.

A total taste experience! As you drive along the majestic Mountain View Road, take a short detour into Le Jardin. Brigitte has created a wonderful garden centre with a welcoming café. Let her staff spoil you with one of their tasty treats for morning and afternoon tea or lunch.
Heading into Maleny a taste sensation awaits at The Tamarind Restaurant. Based in the Spicers Tamarind retreat, this restaurant has recently been awarded two hats along with The Long Apron. Melding the old and the new, expect innovative taste sensations.

Tucked away alongside Obi Creek is the popular restaurant Pomodoras on Obi. You can count on good food and friendly service and a peaceful ambiance as you sit on the deck. Stay the night in one of their cabins to complete a special night out!
Back in Maleny townships, many cafes beckon. The Old Bank Café offers lots of lunch options including tasty gluten free bites. Reasonably priced tacos and pizzas are also a feature. Kind Living Café is more than a café, it is a way of life. The café shares tasty recipes based on good nutrition and kind thinking. The café has been embraced by mindful locals and visitors alike.
The last restaurant on our awards trail is Maudy’s at Witta. Maudy's is a short distance northwest of Maleny on the Maleny - Kenilworth tourist drive and offers a warm and relaxing atmosphere with indoor and outdoor dining. The restaurant has a new chef Sam waiting to share his tempting new menu. Make sure you put this restaurant on your list.
So many delicious choices await! We have many award winning dining establishments here on the Hinterland as voted by food critics. Now it’s your chance to reward good food and service.

The winning Restaurant and Café will be announced at the Real Food Festival’s Celebrity Cook Off between the Mayor Mark Jamieson and local MP Andrew Powell.


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