Eat your way around the Scenic Rim at the Winter Harvest Festival, an authentic food festival showcasing the delicious array of food and wine that’s produced in the region.
The Winter Harvest Festival on Saturday June 29 will feature producers and retailers from across the Scenic Rim, as well as children’s activities, live music and the Kalbar Bendigo Bank Tractor Pulling Competition. QLD Food Fellow Alison Alexander and Brisbane Chef David Pugh will lead a cooking demonstration using local produce.
Tasting plates, wines and fresh produce will be on sale during the Harvest Festival, which runs from noon to 5pm at the Aratula Community Sports Complex.
An incredible array of producers and retailers will sell samples of their products, including:
Aratula Butcher: Kane Lutter and Marshall Chalk opened their shop seven months ago on the Cunningham Highway at Aratula and they’ve been busy ever since. They do big weekend trade, with passing traffic pulling in to sample their range of fresh beef, pork and sausages. The pair both breed their own cattle at Tarome and Carneys Creek, and they prepare the meat onsite, something which Kane says is of interest to city-based customers.
At the Winter Harvest Festival they will be selling steak burgers, kebabs and sausages.
Kalfresh: Carrot farmers Annie and Tracey Rieck live and breathe carrots. But it’s Annie’s carrot cake which really gets people excited. She will be selling slices at the Winter Harvest Festival, as well as Kalfresh carrot pre-packs, carrot soup, carrot & zucchini slice, carrot cake cookies, carrot scones, carrot salads and more.
West Farms: Narelle and Kent West have been growing vegetables in the Fassifern Valley for many years. At the Winter Harvest Festival they will be selling bunches of fresh beetroot, turnips and pumpkins, in support of the Fassifern Bombers Football Club. They will also be selling their Kent’s Produce range of gourmet vegetable-based preserves and relishes.
Greenlee Farms: Paul and Robyn Lee bought a rural property at Canungra as part of a lifestyle decision. But the accountant couldn’t help herself and soon decided to plant 500 macadamia trees. They couple will sell macadamias and their honey at the Winter Harvest Festival.
Normanby Wines: Jenny and Mick Hall used to grow vegetables on their Harrisville farm but when drought struck they looked for another option. Their investigation drove them to drink – literally. They planted grape vines and now produce verdelho, shiraz, chambourcin, Grenache and merlot. They also open their cellar door the public and often host wine and jazz events.
Scenic Rim 4Real Milk: Meet Greg Dennis, the Tamrookum Dairy farmer who has started processing and bottling his own milk. His newly-released Scenic Rim 4Real Milk is now in stores and he will be selling milk at the Winter Harvest Festival.
Boonah Lions Club: If you haven’t tried the Boonah Lion’s Club hand-cut Chips then you haven’t lived. This year they’ll be cooking potato chips with locally sourced potatoes from Kalbar farmer Des Colthup.
Scenic Rim Olives: Glynn and Barbara Kelly started planting their olive grove shortly after moving to their Kalbar farm about eight years ago. Each year they plant another 100 trees and now they sell olives and olive oil under the name Scenic Rim Olives. They will sell olives, oil, dukkah and other products at the Winter Harvest Festival.
Towri Sheep Cheese: Meet Carolyn Davidson, who breeds sheep at Allenview. She uses the sheep’s milk to make a range of boutique sheep’s cheeses. She will be selling some of her most popular cheeses at the Winter Harvest festival, including Blue Ewe, Baa Jar, Pecorino and Eweghurt. Tasting plates also available.
Boonah Fruit Supply: Scott and Jolene Martin from Boonah Fruit Supply will be selling a range of fresh fruit and vegetables, sourced direct from farmers in the region, including the Gibb Brothers and Moffatt & Sons. They will also have jars of Scott’s beautiful honey for sale.
Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard: David McMaugh released his first bottle of shiraz in 2005 and since then his rose-shiraz and his ports have developed a keen following. He welcomes visitors to his cellar door at Bunjurgen most weekends and during the week. The former soldier and university professor will sell his top drops at the Winter Harvest Festival.
Deli Vino on Tamborine: This gourmet deli will be selling a selection of Mountain goodies, including wine from O’Reilly’s and Witches Fall vineyards, Ironbark Grange Olives, Witches Chase Cheese platters and Real Fine Foods dukkah.
Bakers of Aratula: The Pennell family will be selling their popular fruit and nut loaf, rye bread, fruit and nut cake slice, banana bread slice, ciabatta with pesto and salami, caramel slice, coconut slice bites and mini pies and sausage rolls.
Desley & Pietro Agnoletto: These pizza and pasta-making professionals will be offering something a little different. Try their Mt Barney mango sorbet, and gelato made with Scenic Rim 4Real Milk; Mt Barney free-range eggs and their own Macadamia nuts.
Tickets to the Winter Harvest Festival can be pre-purchased at www.liveatthecentre.com.au or purchased at the gate. Adults are $10 and children under 12 are free.
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