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If you prefer cheese and wine to chocolate eggs, then the Sunshine Coast is the place to be this Easter.

A highlight will be the Kenilworth Cheese, Wine and Food Festival on Easter Saturday - a free event which kicks off with a cheese rolling competition, followed by gourmet cooking demonstrations.

This year is the 25th anniversary of cheese making in Kenilworth, and along with cheese and wine tastings all day, there will be special activities for children – including the “Cheester Egg Hunt” –a cheese rolling competition, followed by something for the Mums and Dads - a cooking demonstration by Chef Peter Wolfe of Cedar Creek Bushfood Farm, who will show how to infuse native bushfood flavours with Asian and European cuisines.

Sunshine Coast Destination has teamed up with the Kenilworth festival to offer “Stay & Play” packages for the Festival. For example, an extended family of up to nine can rent out the Red Ginger Bungalow at Yandina for $300 a night (min 3 nights stay) and receive complimentary coffees for all guests at The Fig Tree at Eumundi.

It’s not only cheese and wine that will be on the menu over Easter.

On Easter Sunday, Maroochydore will be transformed into a multicultural mecca as part of the Ocean Street World Festival which will include local Kabi Kabi dancers, Greek folk singers, a Latino rock band and North African drummers - as well as cuisine from all corners of the globe. This is another free event with families encouraged to attend.

And with the Sunshine Coast recently scoring a top 10 place in the Trip Advisor Best Beaches awards (Noosa was voted 9th best in Australia), surf enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the Pa and Ma Bendall Surf Classic, Australia’s second longest running surf competition, which celebrates its 40th anniversary. The surfing contest began in 1974, at Caloundra, and has attracted some big names over the years including Wayne (Rabbit) Bartholomew, Simon Anderson and Hawaiian legend Gerry Lopez.

With everything from manga bombing to musical clunk and junk, kids will be kept busy these Easter school holidays at Sunshine Coast Council’s libraries and Caloundra Regional Gallery. All library activities are free and there are loads of Easter craft activities where youngsters can go wild making egg carton chicks, stained glass eggs and a sock bunny - just to name a few of the fun activities.

Kids from 12 to 17 years can help the Sunshine Coast libraries upcycle their bookends and shelving by ‘bombing’ them with old manga comics, graphic novels and magazines using decoupage and layering techniques. Once done you can tag your name on your creation and it will become part of the furniture in your library for the world to see. For more information visit Council’s website.

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