FEAST – a celebration of Scenic Rim’s fresh food producers – will be the climax of Eat Local Week.
Feast, a Night to Remember, will celebrate the efforts, hard work and determination of the region’s farmers, particularly coming off a couple of very tough years.
The event is an initiative of the Scenic Rim Regional Council and has been made possible through funding provided under the Community Development and Recovery Package, which is a joint initiative of the Australian and Queensland Governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.
Scenic Rim Mayor, Cr John Brent, says Feast will be an event to remember, an event which provides a relaxed and enjoyable evening ‘off’ for the local community.
“It’s an evening for growers, producers and providers and will seek to recognise the work they do and the challenges they have had to overcome in recent times.”
Feast will be a catered dinner, held at the Aratula Community Centre, a venue which is surrounded by prime agricultural land. The setting will be visually exciting and will depict a banquet hall from another era.
Cr Brent says the event will feature an abundance of local produce and the food will be prepared by a local catering company.
“This is a night which will celebrate all of the effort which goes into being a producer, grower or provider of fresh food in the Scenic Rim,” says Cr Brent.
“We want to acknowledge the achievements and reflect on the challenges facing the local industry.
“In January 2011 a number of growers were impacted by the heavy rains and floods which swept through south-east Queensland. Many are still recovering from the damage and impact of those events.
“The Scenic Rim is a fertile region, rich with talented food producers. The Scenic Rim is also a large region and often residents in one part of the region are not aware of the efforts and products being produced by another sector. Feast will promote awareness from within and will enable growers and producers to strengthen their local networks and create future opportunities.”
Feast will be held on Saturday June 30 at the Aratula Community Centre.
The event is open all residents and tickets cost $40, which includes a welcome drink, three course meal and entertainment. They are available online from www.liveatthecentre.com.au, and from the Box Office at The Boonah Cultural Centre or The Centre Beaudesert.