Ginger Flower & Food Festival

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 4th January 2011

While Christmas tends to add a few extra kilos, those who’ve overindulged can start 2011 on a positive note by heading to the Ginger Flower & Food Festival (from January 20 to 23) at Buderim Ginger’s Sunshine Coast’s Ginger Factory, for some free low-fat cooking demonstrations by one of Australia’s leading low-fat recipe gurus, Annette Sym.

Accomplished author of the best-selling Symply Too Good low-fat recipe cookbook range, Annette will conduct free low-fat cooking presentations daily over the four-day festival to show visitors how easy it is to replace fat, sugar and salt-laden ingredients with healthy alternatives without sacrificing flavour.

Annette is living proof of how modifying your diet can be life changing and she overcame her own weight problems more than 17 years ago dropping 35 kilos, and has kept it off ever since.

Annette’s low-fat recipe collection includes ultra luscious dessert ideas, classic creations, even low-fat curries and Asian Style dishes and defies anyone tasting her creations during the Festival to describe them as lacking in flavour.

Having recently returned from a tour of the US speakers’ circuit where she shared her tips on leading morning TV and radio talk shows, nothing prepared Annette for what she encountered during her time in the States.

“I could not believe how often Americans ate out – in fact one woman I met used her oven as a storage cupboard – she never used it for cooking,” exclaimed Annette.

Annette’s healthy talks during the Festival will be supported by another special guest speaker, cardiologist and Associate Professor Dr David Colquhoun, who will host two free presentations for visitors on healthy heart foods and cholesterol busting fats, while also explaining how foods impact on heart health in an entertaining yet no-holds-barred approach.

Dr Colquhoun who operates from Queensland’s Wesley Hospital is considered to be one of Australia’s leading integrative health experts balancing science and medicine with complementary health.

Joining Dr Colquhoun and Annette will be the Festival’s regular line-up of gardening, lifestyle and cooking personalities including gardening greats, Colin Campbell, Annette McFarlane and curator of Brisbane’s Botanical Gardens, Ross McKinnon AM who starts every day with a refreshing cup of ginger tea.

And for the serious foodies, there will be a raft of free cooking demonstrations from some of the Sunshine Coast’s top chefs.

With over 25,000 people flocking to the annual event that not only showcases the first ginger flowers for the season; it also displays the largest range of ginger varieties in Australia.

The Ginger Flower & Food Festival will run from January 20 to 23, 2011.