Eat Local Week a foodie’s heaven
IF YOU’RE a ‘foodie’, then lock in the end of this month for a food and wine festival that you won’t need to travel far for. Scenic Rim’s Eat Local Week begins plating up from June 24, with a huge array of food and wine to tempt every pallet. This is the seventh staging of the annual event which will showcase the bounty of fresh produce, wine, beer, milk and gourmet products that grow in the region’s fertile volcanic soil. This year’s festival runs from June 24 to July 2 and features more than 90 individual events – from farm tours, to cheese and wine tastings, to cooking classes and exclusive producer dinners curated by some of Brisbane and the Gold Coast’s leading chefs. Eat Local Week culminates in the Winter Harvest Festival on Saturday, July 1 at Aratula. The region’s producers will come together to sell their wares. The day features free kids rides and activities, a tractor-pulling competition, live music and cooking demonstrations by leading chefs. Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said while Eat Local Week has grown significantly since it first started, the core principles remain the same – to connect consumers with the people who grow their food and provide a real food experience. “This is an authentic celebration of the range of fresh produce which grows in the fertile Scenic Rim,” he said. “People are often surprised to discover just how much of their food is grown in this region, just one hour’s drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. “The event is held during the first week of the school holidays and it’s a really unique opportunity for people to give their children an insight into the paddock to plate journey. “Some of the experiences on offer are a visit to Queensland’s largest carrot farm, an open day at a robotic dairy, a Farm Gate Festival in the Lost World, a beer and brewing night, a crop to cup tour at a Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation and an open day at the Scenic Rim’s new Camel Dairy.” The Scenic Rim Council has partnered with several leading Brisbane and Scenic Rim chefs, who will represent the region as Eat Local Week ambassadors. Cr Christensen said some Eat Local Week highlights include a producer’s lunch at Wild Canary Restaurant, Lunch with the Lambs at Towri Sheep Cheesery with Cameron Matthews; camel and chook farm tours, the Kalfresh Carrot Day; the Scenic Rim 4Real Milk open day and cooking demonstrations at the Winter Harvest Festival. “We said we would bounce back after the floods and here is the proof,” he said. “Bring your children and get muddy on a local farm, enrol in a cooking class, take the family on a bush tucker experience, or leave the kids at home and attend one of many incredible gourmet food experiences on offer.”
The Tommerup family on their Scenic Rim farm.