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Regional Harvest, a new flavour for Ekka

Friday, July 25th, 2014

10440931_262537997283716_6915422248876318528_nThere’ll be a fresh new flavour on the EKKA menu this year, with three of south east Queensland’s regional councils bringing their shared story to Brisbane.

Regional Harvest is the story of the farmers and their produce from the beautiful Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Southern Downs regions. Their journey, from country to city, will give EKKA attendees an opportunity to discover the array of food, wine and gourmet products that are just down the road.

Regional Harvest will profile the wealth of the regions’ food production, especially the thousands of tonnes of vegetables which are shipped throughout the country during the winter months.

Regional Harvest will also shine a light on the agri-tourism offering of the regions. In less than two hours, Brisbane people can escape the city and enjoy a picnic in a peaceful country setting, stay in a cosy bed and breakfast and toasting marshmallows over an open fire, exploring nature’s playground with bushwalks or just relaxing with a good glass of wine.

Consumers will be given an opportunity to connect with regional produce by dining at the Regional Harvest Café. Operated by well-known Brisbane chef, Caroline Jones of the Three Girls Skipping café in Graceville, the café will feature a menu overflowing with regional delights.

Find out more about the Scenic Rim Regional Council’s involvement

Eat Local Week ends on a high

Friday, July 25th, 2014

_MG_0461Scenic Rim Eat Local Week 2014 ended on a high, with bumper crowds reported at the Winter Harvest Festival.
Now in its 4th year, the celebration of Scenic Rim food and farming, attracted visitors from the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and right around the region to the more than 80 events scheduled throughout the week.
Farm tours and cooking classes proved popular, as did the producer dinners.
But it was Eat Local Week’s signature event, the Winter Harvest Festival, which drew the biggest crowd, with more than 3000 people converging on Aratula for the showcase of regional food, wine and beer.
“The Council is thrilled with Eat Local Week and how it has been embraced by local food producers and by city-based consumers,” says Scenic Rim Mayor John Brent.
“Everyone I spoke to was astounded by just how much food originates from our region and by the vast range of products being produced here.
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week will return in 2015 from June 27 to July 5, with the Winter Harvest festival on Saturday July 4.
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Adventure in August

Friday, July 25th, 2014

epic_logans_runAugust is the month for adventure in the Scenic Rim.
This month the region is hosting a number of high-energy events that challenge the toughest of athletes.
It starts on August 3 with the Deswik Logan’s Run Mountain Bike Challenge at the Mt Joyce Recreation Park, near the Wyaralong Dam.
Mountain Bike riders can compete in the 44km Base Camp Blast or the 70km Logan’s Run.
Riders are expected to take between four and eight hours as they negotiate the bush track, which leaves from Lilydale Homestead.
Camping is free and there are plenty of vantage points for spectators.
Find out more about Logan’s Run.
On August 9 and 10 the Eco Challenge marathon Trail Run event comes to the Scenic Rim.
Competitors can register for the 42km marathon trail run, the half marathon of the 7.5km fun run, with the tracks leaving O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and traversing 4WD tracks, paddocks, bush and rainforest.
A spectacular way to see some of the Scenic Rim’s most stunning views.
Find out more

Canungra Show August 23

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Head to Canungra on August 23 for the annual country show.
It’s a show for all ages and an integral part of the local social scene.
Make a weekend of it and book your accommodation early so you don’t miss out.
The show features horse events, cattle classes, food, craft and rides.
It’s held at the Canungra Showground on Coburg Rd.
Admission is $15 for adults and just $5 for children.
Find out more at the website

St Bernard State School celebrates 100 years

Friday, July 25th, 2014

HeaderSBSS20141Tamborine Mountain’s St Bernard State School is celebrating its 100th year with a Centenary Fete.
The August 2 fete celebrates 100 years since the first permanent school was opened in 1914.
The then owner of the St Bernard Hotel donated the land on the proviso the school was called St Bernard. Miss Edith Walker was the first teacher and just 18 students were enrolled for that first year.
It’s a far cry from the student population today and this vibrant rural school welcomes all visitors to its fete, which runs from 9am to 3pm on August 2.
Find out more at the website

Boonah Arts Festival returns

Friday, July 25th, 2014

festival150The Ritchies IGA Boonah Arts Festival returns on August 30, marking the start of eight days of arts, music and cultural celebrations.
The rural arts festival has grown from a popular street parade to the week-long event, featuring live music, performance, writing and poetry awards, as well as art and photography exhibitions.
It’s a true showcase of the local artistic talent that exists among young and old in the community.
The Arts Festival starts with the Scenic Rim Art Awards on Saturday August 30 at the Boonah Cultural Centre.
Popular events include The Great Debate on September 3, the Youth Showcase on September 5 and Calico on the Catwalk on September 6.
Find out more

Spicers Scenic Trail joins Great Walks of Australia

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Spicers-Great-WalkGreat Walks of Australia is delighted to announce a new walk to its current portfolio of guided multi-day hiking experiences that represent the ‘best of the best’ walks in Australia’s most stunning locations.
The Scenic Rim Trail by Spicers, to be officially launched in June 2014, explores the Scenic Rim region of South East Queensland; a stunning collection of mountains, ridges, escarpments, forests and ancient volcanic plateaus set in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and surrounded by World Heritage-listed national parks.

“We are delighted to welcome the Scenic Rim Trail by Spicers to the collection,” said Chris Buykx, chair of Great Walks of Australia. “Spicers is a well-known luxury brand with a reputation for delivering first-class personal service and world-class cuisine. All the walks in the Great Walks of Australia portfolio allow visitors to combine a passion for walking with exclusive, comfortable and stylish accommodation and Australia’s exceptional food and wine.
“It’s not only scenery and spectacular natural environments that make a great walk. Combine these elements with gourmet produce and accommodation in luxury eco- lodges, unique wilderness camps and historic homesteads and you have the recipe for the walking holiday of a lifetime. (more…)

Boonah festival celebrates World Environment Day

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

A huge array of exhibitors, workshops, demonstrations, art and performances will be showcased at this weekend’s World Environment Day Festival in Boonah.

This free event which celebrates and inspires sustainable communities, is presented by the Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire (BOSS), and is coming up on Saturday 7 June at the Outlook, 4001 Boonah Ipswich Road, Boonah.

The global theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations relates to the Small Island Developing States and the impact that climate change has on them. The slogan is ‘Raise your Voice, not the Sea Level’.

Boonah’s event has a focus on the small island nation of Kiribatis, with the community represented throughout the day with traditional food and dance.

Kiribatis is situated in the central tropical Pacific Ocean. As a nation, it has more water than land; it’s one of the most isolated countries in the world and is one of the most vulnerable to climate change in rising sea levels.

The event officially opens at 9.30am with a moving traditional acknowledgement smoking ceremony, and a welcome by a representative of the Australian Kiribatis community. (more…)

Nightfall Wilderness Camp open

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

10259827_758095537564232_3561156700628620986_nThe Scenic Rim’s newest luxury retreat has evoked incredible reaction since it welcomed its first guests.

Nightfall Wilderness Camp in the Lost World Valley is being marketed as an intimate Australian luxury camping experience.
Hosts, Heidi and Steve Ross, have spent months building the luxurious private tent accommodation and are now welcoming guests as part of their ‘feedback special offer’.

This fantastic photograph of the Nightfall’s ‘concierge’ was loaded to the Tourism Australia Facebook page where it received more than 49,500 ‘likes’ and 4500 shares. Nightfall’s own Facebook page received 1500 new ‘likers’ within 24 hours.

Nightfall Wilderness Camp is located beside the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park and close to the cool rapids of Christmas Creek.

As well as the unique accommodation, guests are offered fire-cooked organic cuisine, personalised attention and the chance to explore the spectacular ancient volcanic surrounds.

“At nightfall, the excesses of modern life are pared back, creating a sense of calm solitude and holistic wellbeing,” the website says.

Nightfall camp can sleep six travellers at one time, ensuring privacy and intimacy.

Visit the website

Celebrate Easter at the Moogerah Passion Play

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

100The popular Moogerah Passion Play returns for its 22nd year this Easter.
The community performance, delivered in an open-air on the banks of the Moogerah Dam, near Boonah.
It features a cast of more than 100 locals and is a dramatic account of the Passion of Christ (His life, death and resurrection).
Such plays have been performed by communities in Europe through the ages to teach others the central truths of the Bible.
Up to 11 denominations are involved in this annual ecumenical event.
All shows start at 5pm and will be staged on April 12, 13, 18 and 19.
Gates open at 4pm and food is available for purchase before, during and after the performance.
Entry is free.
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