Martin Duncan, aka ‘Sunshine Coast Foodie’, has been nothing short of prolific with his promotion of local food businesses, with regular updates on social media and his website.

Martin is a chef and former restaurateur who zooms from town to town in his stylish branded Mini Club (he is thrilled to be a new ambassador for Coastline Mini Garage), championing the many wonderful eateries, and the fantastic local produce our farmers and growers supply to the Sunny Coast and the hinterland. 

“I love to promote and create farm-to-fork experiences,” Martin said, “and I actively support the Slowfood Movement, Glasshouse Country Farmers, Gympie Gold Regional Produce and the Sunshine Coast region overall.”

Having been in our hinterland for many years, Martin recently moved to the ‘foothills’, and is an ambassador for the Food Agribusiness Network (FAN). “We spread the word on local producers, and we help members in the Sunshine Coast region to connect, collaborate and grow,” Martin smiled.

With the recent snap lockdown and the uncertainty many in the food and hospitality industry face, Martin is on a mission to raise awareness and has this message for readers.

We really need YOUR help to keep all OUR lovely local foodies rocking! Please, eat local; buy lunch/dinner/dessert as a treat for yourself, your family, a neighbour; buy a voucher for a present for someone or for an incentive with your business; shout your mates a local meal. 

“If you are on social media, please like, share and comment on any offers or information on your local cafes, restaurants, retailers and producers. It all helps.”

Aside from the above, you will probably know of Martin for his exceptional work creating ‘Sconetime’, which he was inspired to do from an initiative in Scotland. 

“I love that Sconetime has become a space for such meaningful community connections,” Martin said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for Seniors, along with their carers, friends and family, to establish a regular monthly social event. To see community and business come together over handmade scones is heartwarming.

“Although Covid has put a pause on the events, we will be back as soon as possible! Now more than ever we need to keep our wide community connected, supporting everyone and every business, together.”

For more information on Sconetime or FAN, visit sunshinecoastfoodie.com.au/sconetime and foodagribusiness.org.au