Prime Scenic Rim produce was on the menu at a Brisbane charity lunch with Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal, Princess Anne.
The Flourish Luncheon, in support of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference, was held last week at the Queensland Club.
The Princess and her 90 guests, including Premier Campbell Newman, dined on a selection of regional produce from the Scenic Rim, the Lockyer Valley and the Granite Belt.
The Scenic Rim produced many of the lunch ingredients, including Red Claw Crayfish from Aratula, goats cheese from Tamborine Mountain, vegetables and macadamia nuts.
Queensland Club Executive Chef, Scott Pritchard, says whenever possible he strives to incorporate local ingredients on the menu.
Lunch guests were offered a selection of hors d’oeuvres, including Queensland barramundi with beetroot gravlax, Scenic Rim Red Claw Crayfish, and a potato rosti topped with Witches Chase goat’s cheese and an onion relish.
The main course featured grain-fed beef raised on the Darling Downs at Kerwee Station, served with a roulade of local vegetables.
Dessert was baked Pink Lady apples, filled with a compote of Scenic Rim rhubarb and pears, topped with a meringue encrusted with crystals of Scenic Rim macadamia nut praline.
Scenic Rim Mayor John Brent says the region’s fresh produce is well-regarded in food circles as being fit for a King – or in this case a Princess.
“We are thrilled to have been able to showcase Scenic Rim produce to the Princess Royal and her distinguished guests,” says Cr Brent.
“The Scenic Rim is a fertile production area, which at this time of year, supplies a bountiful selection of ingredients to customers around Australia and overseas.
“Her Royal Highness Princess Anne is an avid supporter of the agricultural sector and we are proud that she sampled some of the Scenic Rim’s fabulous produce.”
The Commonwealth Study Conference is in its 58th year and helps emerging leaders across the Commonwealth prepare for the path ahead.
Participants are drawn from all sectors of society, including government bodies, non-government organisations, charities, trade unions and business.