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Scenic Rim on the menu for HRH Princess Anne

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Flourish LuncheonPrime 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.

Escape Brisbane’s G20 lockdown

Thursday, October 30th, 2014


Escape Brisbane and the G20 Lockdown and make it a truly scenic weekend.

The Scenic Rim is an easy one-hour drive from Brisbane and just so you don’t have summit withdrawal, we’ve prepared some of our own summits for you – more than 70 of them actually.

The Scenic Rim is a mountain lovers’ paradise and the locals know most of the summits by name. We can’t offer you Obama, Putin or Abbott, but we do have French, Edwards and Barney – that’s Mt French, Mt Edwards and Mt Barney. They’re imposing, strong, challenging – everything you want in a summit and they’re here waiting to welcome you to this spectacular region.

The Scenic Rim is a beautiful, natural and fertile region – a region of fresh food, great wine, art and craft, unique shopping and memorable experiences.

Take advantage of these G20 accommodation specials.

Here’s how we think you should spend your G20 long weekend in the Scenic Rim. (more…)

Scenic Rim TV campaign launches

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The Scenic Rim’s spectacular scenery is the star of two new television commercials, on air now.

The commercials were shot earlier this year and are currently airing on Channel Nine as part of Give me Brisbane Anyday campaign.

In creating the ads, Council’s tourism team was keen to show-off the region’s beautiful natural environment and the range of attractions and activities on offer here.

Many local residents also star in the commercials, which feature scenes from Tamborine Mountain, Maroon Dam, Canungra and Bunjurgen.


Accolades keep coming for Scenic Rim 4Real Milk

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014


The accolades keep coming for the campaign to launch the Dennis family’s Scenic Rim 4Real Milk brand and dairy farm tourism experience.

A campaign imagined by Farmer Gregie and his marketing consultant, Jane Clark of Vie Marketing, has won the Australian Marketing Institute’s Program of the Year.

The campaign was credited with saving the 80-year-old family-run dairy farm from closure.

Since launching Scenic Rim 4Real Milk just over a year ago, the Dennis Family has received widespread media coverage for its campaign to bottle their own milk and in turn educate consumers about the real cost of cheap un-branded milk.

Farmer Gregie now has a Facebook following of more than 10,000 ‘likers’ and was recently named Australian Dairy Farmer of the Year.

The family’s farm tours have proved immensely popular, with busloads of visitors keen to find out how their milk is produced and see the Dennis family’s robotic milking machines in action at the Tamrookum Dairy.

Judges in last week’s Marketing Awards said the Vie campaign ‘helped carve out a long-term sustainable market free from the market dominance of the major retailers and at a realistic margin.’

The campaign also won best new brand, product or service launch category.

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Scenic Rim produce on Homage menu

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Homage Restaurant logoScenic Rim produce is the star of the new Homage Restaurant at Spicers Hidden Vale.

Head Chef Ash Martin makes regular farm visits to collect super-fresh produce direct from the producers.

A beautifully made video shows the chef visiting Tarome Freshwater Crayfish farmer Rob Hutchings and Fassifern Valley Produce heirloom tomato farmer Matt Muller.

Homage is a new concept in dining and is a 12-month labour of love for Ash. Set within a historic homestead on a 12,000-acre property, this exciting new restaurant at Grandchester offers a unique dining experience.

As the name suggests, the menu pays due respect to the land, local farmers and to the produce. To do this, Ash and his team design menus inspired by the local produce they hand select daily.

Cuckoo Nest celebrates 20 years

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Cuckoo Clock Nest Tamborine MountainTamborine Mountain’s popular German Cuckoo Clock Nest celebrates its 20-year anniversary this month, with an authentic German festival of food, culture, music – and clocks!

The Bavarian Clock Chalet will host a festival celebration on Saturday November 15, with a program of promotions and activities celebrating the occasion

An exquisite Comitti timepiece will be unveiled and replicas of the famous Harrison Grasshopper and Congreve clocks will be imported especially for the day.

These timepieces were first created by groundbreaking inventors of marine navigation and rockets in the 18th century.

A live Oompah Band will perform, as will the Alpenrosen Dance Group.

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Join 37th O’Reilly’s Bird Week

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

regent-bowerbird_o'reilly's-websiteThe popular O’Reilly’s Bird Week returns for the 37th year, from November 2 to 9.

The 2014 event features a number of guest speakers, including Tim O’Reilly, Glen Threlfo, Ian Gynther, Bill McDonald and Duncan Fowler.

Participants will also be joined by Stephen Moss, a documentary producer at the BBC’s Natural History Unit.

The program provides an opportunity to visit many scenic locations and uncover the special birds of the Lamington National Park.

Registration is essential.

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Popular All Saints Fete is back

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

All Saints FeteThe All Saints Boonah school fete returns on Sunday November 3.

This popular community event is held biennially on the school grounds in Church St Boonah.

This year’s event features a full schedule of live entertainment and events, including the inaugural StrongMan Demonstration, featuring members of CAPO Powerlifting Australia.

Other entertainment includes performances by Earth Mama Belly Dance and The Noisy Minors Band, as well as displays by Fassifern Gymnastics, Julie Barns’ dance troupe and Black Dragon Kai Karate.

Kids rides and other fun activities will operate from 10.30am to 4pm.

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Tour de Tamborine returns

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Tour de TamborineSport lovers of all ages and abilities will line up for the Tour de Tamborine Sports Festival this month.

The popular event is expected to attract more than 2000 participants across the weekend of November 21 to 23.

They will compete in a range of events, including a 100km cycle, 4km cycle, half and full marathon, 1km junior bolt and a trail run.

There’s a packed social schedule too and over the years this event has helped raise $150,000 for local charities.

It’s not too late to be involved.
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Aratula Twilight Fair

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Aratula Twilight FairThe Aratula Twilight Fair promise to be great fun, offering an afternoon of entertainment, fun, fresh produce and homemade art and craft.
The event is being held on November 29 at the Aratula Community Centre from 2pm to 7pm.
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