The countdown to Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is on!
The feasting begins on June 30, however there are some delicious entrée events before then if you’re hungry for a local food and farm experience.
Eat Local Week is an initiative of the Scenic Rim Regional Council, designed to showcase the smorgasbord of produce which grows in the region, and highlight the talented producers, farmers and makers.
Now in its 8th year, Eat Local Week 2018 features more than 90 events across the region, from farm tours to gourmet dinners and the signature event, the Winter Harvest Festival on Saturday July 7.
Mayor Greg Christensen says Eat Local Week is an easy and delicious way for locals to discover and taste the food and drinks which are growing in their backyard.
“I encourage Scenic Rim residents to jump in the car and take a tour of the region’s farms, cafes, restaurants, pubs, breweries and wineries and enjoy the incredible Eat Local Week program of events,” he says.
“Each year I wonder how we will top the last but I can honestly say this year’s program is the biggest and best yet. It features more than 90 events, including 12 entrée events to whet the appetite, 20 lunch and dinner events, more than 20 farm events and 36 events which cost less than $25 or are free.
“This isn’t just an event for people who know their food and wine, this is an event for families who are keen to give their children a food and farm experience; an event for interested locals; it’s really an event for anyone who enjoys to eat and drink!”
All of the Eat Local Week events are listed online at the official website and bookings can be made via the website.
Here’s a taster of some of the delicious events on offer across the Scenic Rim:
Jamming with the Lambs @ Towri Sheep Cheeses by Cameron Matthews – June 9
Multiple course meal under the stars at Towri Sheep Cheeses. Live jazz music, bespoke cheese and food by Cameron Matthews.
Green Lane Coffee Plantation Producers’ Dinner – June 22
Join EAT LOCAL Book authors Brenda Fawdon and Christine Sharp for an evening of food, wine, conversation and coffee.
Tastings at the Shed Café & Rathlogan Olive Grove – June 30, July 1, 7 & 8
Visit this commercial olive grove and café and taste the oil and the olives and meet the producers.
Tasting Tables @ Canungra Visitor Information Centre – June 30 & July 1
Sample a range of local products, including jams, chutney s and nuts, all made with love in the Scenic Rim.
Crop to Cup Green Lane Coffee – June 30, July 3 & 5
Take the crop to cup tour of coffee at this Tamborine Mountain coffee plantation.
Carrot Picking with Just Veg. at Kalfresh – June 30
The Carrot Factory Tours sold out in record time but you can still book a spot to pick your own carrots!
Scenic Rim Food & Wine, a historical perspective at Binna Burra Lodge – June 30
Enjoy a three-course lunch starring locally-sourced fare and learn about the origins of the Scenic Rim and its food from Richard Groom. Witches Falls Winery’s Michael McAteer will offer an insight into the paired wines.
Tunes, Brews, Food & Fun at the Farm – June 30
Sample the local beef at this paddock to plate event on farm at Kirro in the Lost World.
Spend the afternoons at the historic Bromelton House, touring the pecan orchard, learning about the cattle, and watching top-flight polo on the Bromelton private field.
Scenic Rim Gourmet Short Stay with InterNATIONAL Park Tours – July 1
Make a meal of Eat Local Week and spread your feasting over a few days with this delicious, boutique short stay.
Beaudesert Gourmet Street Food Festival – July 1
Featuring some of Australia’s best mobile chefs, showcasing Scenic Rim produce. Relaxed vibes and live music in Jubilee Park.
O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards Longest Lunch – July 1
Kick off your shoes and sink your feet into the grass, creekside at the vineyards. Share a three-course long-table lunch, featuring the best local produce, paired with wines from the vineyard.
An Evening with Josue Lopez at Witches Falls Winery – July 4
Amazing wine by Witches Falls Winery, paired with incredible food by our regional food ambassador Josue Lopez, of the new Opal Restaurant.
Cheese & Wine Tasting @ The Vintage Pickle – July 5
Enjoy local cheeses and matched wines from O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard, together with canapes made using Scenic Rim ingredients at The Vintage Pickle.
10 Years of Beers @ Pavilion Garden Bar – July 6
Celebration dinner for 10 years of brewing by Beard and Brau Farmhouse Brewery and the Pavilion Garden Bar’s first birthday. A ten-course meal by head chef Steve Hibbard, showcasing local produce, matched with Beard and Brau beers.
Winter Harvest Festival, Aratula Community Sports Centre – July 7
Don’t miss Eat Local Week’s signature event, serving the Scenic Rim on a platter. Meet the farmers, taste the food, buy their produce. Free rides for kids, market stalls, live music, tasting plates and celebrity chef cooking demonstrations.
Moda in the Vines @ The Overflow – July 8
Experience the Scenic Rim’s newest cellar door at the stunning Overflow Estate at Wyaralong Dam, while you enjoy traditional tapas and paella by Moda Restaurant’s Javier Codina.
Long Table Lunch at Spicers Peak Lodge – July 8
A gorgeous relaxed long table lunch, featuring Scenic Rim produce and stunning Spicer’s Peak hospitality and views!