Eat Lo­cal Week a foodie’s heaven

QT Magazine - - FOOD, WINE, AND COFFEE - Down­load the full event pro­gram at www.eat­lo­cal­week.com.au, and check out these two great recipes from Eat Lo­cal by Brenda Faw­don & Chris­tine Sharp.

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

The Tom­merup fam­ily on their Scenic Rim farm.

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