The Queensland Folk Federation is a not-for-profit organisation with a vision of inclusive, creative and inspiring community growth of cultures and traditions. Over the years the organisation has become a symbol of environmental stability, de-urbanisation, diversity and human rights. The Queensland Folk Federation is aware of earth's ever-growing issues and believes that sustainability is more than improving the environmental quality of an area, it’s about community development, decision-making processes, awareness, involvement and engagement. Its about reaching a common goal and maintaining a balance between economic development and environmental protection. The federation's past history, committed volunteers, current sustainable beliefs and future goals will and has aided in creating a benchmark for communities and cities elsewhere to adapt.
In 1987 (Friday March 13) the federation held a small event dedicated to the arts, humanities and lore in Maleny at the local showgrounds that attracted 900 people. Over the next 8 years, the festival at Maleny grew rapidly and was receiving attendances of more than 50,000 people. By 1993 the Folk Festival outgrew this site and organisers went in search of a new home.