About US




We transform unused spaces into vibrant community hubs

NightQuarter is owned by Food Focus Australia, a husband and wife team who live locally on the Sunshine Coast. With a focus on music, food, bars, events and placemaking, Food Focus delivers exciting food and beverage innovations and game-changing spaces.

Their innovative hospitality projects include NightQuarter, the Gold Coast Food and Wine Festival and Malt Shovel Taphouse.

NightQuarter has won accolades from its previous venue winning Queensland Music Awards (Regional Venue of the Year Finalist 2017 2018 and winner 2019) and the Gold Coast Music Awards (Venue of the Year Winner 2016, Finalist 2017, 2018), and sold over 55,000 tickets between 2015-2019 contributing $5M per annum to the local economy and employing over 400 people in the venue.

The Sunshine Coast iteration of NightQuarter entertainment precinct opened in November 2020. It has won the ‘Best Regional Venue’ at the Queensland Music Awards in 2021 and 2022. With three stages of entertainment every weekend it has greatly stimulated the local music economy and brought major mid-level tours to the region that previously would have bypassed the Sunshine Coast. Live music is the beating heart of NightQuarter, supporting hundreds of jobs in the precinct, and driving the majority of revenue. 

 NightQuarter was responsible for putting the Sunshine Coast back on the map for touring artists and stimulating the local music and performing arts scene.  With the biggest names in entertainment from Simple Plan, UB40 to The Cat Empire to Screaming Jets performing at the venue.

From venue development to pop up community events, to live music and food festivals, Food Focus brings the community together.

About Food Focus

From early beginnings in 2010, Food Focus evolved into a powerful food and hospitality consultancy when industry heavyweights from two very different, but closely entwined, sectors came together. Michelle Christoe knows food, entertainment and events. Ian Van der Woude knows hospitality. Working together, they have built a team with deep industry knowledge and the capacity to drive game-changing innovation in the Australian food and hospitality market.

The team comprising of financial strategists, operational restructuring and hospitality consultants, marketing and entertainment executives, event and function managers, bar managers and hospitality professionals.

Our Team

Michelle Christoe 

 Michelle has an MBA (Marketing Mgr) and is an accomplished marketing and business professional, having launched and managed her own businesses in Australia and abroad. Michelle has represented Australian industry on Not-for-Profit Boards for the past twenty years.

Michelle founded and manages Food Focus Australia, an event management and hospitality business with strong sustainability principles and connections within the Queensland community including the Festival based entertainment venue, NightQuarter. 

Ian Van der Woude

Ian Van der Woude has 30 years of experience in the hospitality and finance sectors in senior management and consulting roles, including with Austotel, Fosters, Lion Nathan and his own hotel and property group. Ian manages the business development, Malt Shovel Taphouse and the business bars.