The week of cooking classes, farm tours, food and wine tastings and hosted dinners culminates in a Winter Harvest Festival on June 29.
Eat Local Week is a celebration of the people who produce food and wine in the Scenic Rim and recognition of the fact that agriculture and tourism are pivotal to the prosperity of the region, contributing more than $210-million annually to the regional economy.
Eat Local Week is a Scenic Rim Regional Council initiative but has been enthusiastically embraced by the Scenic Rim community since launching in 2011. The event encourages residents and visitors to the region to ask the questions – Where does your food come from and who produces it?
Scenic Rim Mayor John Brent, himself a third generation vegetable producer, says participants can meet the producers and follow the journey from paddock to plate.
“Brisbane and Gold Coast residents may not realise that much of the food they consume was grown in the Scenic Rim, which is located just one hour’s drive away,” says Cr Brent.
“We are fortunate to have such fertile farming land, closely located to the city and tourism and agriculture account for more than 30 per cent of the businesses operating in this region.
“Particularly between June and December the paddocks between Boonah and Aratula produce a diverse range of vegetables for markets in Queensland, Australia and overseas. Throughout the year our producers supply beef, pork, dairy products, chicken and boutique food and wine products to the market.
“Eat Local Week is a celebration of this industry and of the people who not only grow the food, but those who sell it. During the week participating cafes, restaurants and caterers are asked to make Scenic Rim food and wine a feature of their menus. It’s a great opportunity for visitors to learn first-hand how their food is produced and seek tips for impressing in the kitchen.” (more…)