Ni­vard Nel­son shares foodie gems from our re­gion

Style Magazine - - Contents - BY NI­VARD NEL­SON, FOOD COLUM­NIST

Culi­nary tourism, or food tourism, is the ex­plo­ration of food as the pur­pose of tourism.

It is now con­sid­ered a vi­tal com­po­nent of the tourism ex­pe­ri­ence.

Din­ing out is com­mon among tourists and food is be­lieved to rank along­side cli­mate, ac­com­mo­da­tion, and scenery in im­por­tance to tourists.

Let’s take a look at our di­verse re­gion from the Dar­ling Downs to Stan­thorpe, the Scenic Rim, Kin­garoy and the Lock­yer Val­ley.

Stan­thorpe is mainly known for wine, but also has amaz­ing fruit and veg­eta­bles.

Sut­ton’s makes an amaz­ing ap­ple pie that is worth the drive.

While vis­it­ing, also check out the Gran­ite Belt Brew­ery. Pro­duc­ing great beer is one of many lo­cal suc­cess sto­ries.

The Scenic Rim is an area with hid­den trea­sures.

Just out­side Arat­ula is a lo­cal farm grow­ing fresh­wa­ter yab­bies.

Their sweet flesh would ri­val prawns for taste and many restau­rants are us­ing these in­gre­di­ents.

The Lock­yer Val­ley is grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity due to the am­bas­sador­ship of chefs like Alis­tair Mcleod.

Alis­tair is pas­sion­ate about us­ing lo­cal pro­duc­ers in his cook­ing.

Sup­port­ing lo­cal events, like our own It’s A Bloke Thing, al­lows Alis­tair to give these pro­duc­ers a plat­form to pro­mote their pro­duce to a wide range of peo­ple.

Kin­garoy and the Bunya Moun­tains are known for peanuts and cheese.

What peo­ple may not know is that there are also winer­ies and even a dis­tillery.

Kin­garoy is also home to Queens­land’s largest pig abat­toir – Swick­ers Kin­garoy Ba­con Fac­tory.

This is just a brief in­tro­duc­tion into this di­verse and in­ter­est­ing re­gion we live in.

Let’s get out and en­joy what is on of­fer and sup­port our lo­cal pro­duc­ers.

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