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Eat Local Week celebrates Scenic Rim produce

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Scenic Rim gardenWhere does your food come from and who produces it?
Residents and visitors to the Scenic Rim can meet the people who grow their food and follow the journey it makes from paddock to plate during Eat Local Week.
Eat Local Week, will run from Sunday June 24 to Sunday July 1, and will celebrate the Scenic Rim food industry.
It will start with the Zest Fest at Beechmont on Sunday June 24 and will climax with the Feast Producer’s Dinner at Aratula on Saturday June 30.
The focus will be on local farms, food producers, restaurants and the organisations and people who play a part in making locally-grown food more accessible in the region.
The Scenic Rim is a fertile region, blessed with rich volcanic soil, which over the years has attracted some of Australia’s leading fresh food producers.
They are located around the region – on Tamborine Mountain, at Beechmont, the Lost World Valley, Beaudesert, Boonah, Kalbar and many towns in between.
Eat Local Week started last year and was born out of the Scenic Rim Regional Council’s Local Living Economies program and as this is the Australian Year of the Farmer, Eat Local Week will have a particular focus on the important role farming plays in the Scenic Rim.
Mayor John Brent, whose ancestors have been involved in vegetable farming for nearly a century, says often people take their fresh food for granted and have little understanding of where it comes from or how it is produced.
He says Eat Local Week seeks to focus attention on these questions and provide some understanding and recognition of the people who grow it. (more…)