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The heat may be here, but the beers are icy at these Scenic Rim country pubs!

From boutique breweries to heritage hotels, parmy specialists and pubs with a view, to laid back places where the locals go, these are the best pubs to sit and sip in the Scenic Rim this summer. Take a day trip, stay over OR even do a country pub crawl by chopper with Pterodactyl Helicopters!

Eric Williams and daughter Ashley Bates-Williams enjoy a beer at the iconic Canungra Hotel. Picture by Luke Marsden.

Check out our top 20 Scenic Rim country pubs below:

  1. Scenic Rim Brewery – boutique beers and pretzels!
    This boutique, family-owned craft brewery packs a big flavour punch. Based in the picturesque town of Mount Alford, just past Boonah, owners Mike and Wendy brew a superb range of beers, all of which have names to make you smile – there’s the Shazza, Digga’s, Fat Man, Giddy Gout and the PharQue. The Ginger Extra Dry alone is worth the drive. The menu is a nod to Wendy’s Dutch heritage, yes there’s mouth-watering bitterballen (Dutch meatballs), perfect giant pretzels (that are guaranteed to make you thirsty) and a range of European gourmet hotdogs as well as great coffee, cake and daily specials.
    Address: 898 Reckumpilla Street, Mount Alford QLD 4310
    Website: https://www.scenicrimbrewery.com.au/ 
  2. The Canungra Hotel –parmy dreams are made of this
    Parmy lovers, hold onto your forks, we’ve found your dream pub! With over 10 different parmy toppings ranging from the “Parmegedon” to the “Rainbow”, The Canungra Hotel is not about to let your (parmy) dreams pass you by. Sitting in gorgeous Canungra at the base of Tamborine Mountain and right on the Scenic Rim Wine Trail, this pub is the stuff of legend – and the perfect place to sit and sip after a hike.
    Address: 18 Kidston St, Canungra QLD 4275
    Website: https://www.canungrahotel.com.au/
  3. The Dugandan Hotel – cold beers since 1886
    The Dugandan Hotel, or “The Dugie” as it is affectionately known, is the quintessential Australian country pub and features a great beer garden deck out the back and outdoor area under huge trees. Just five minutes outside Boonah, and looking over a cricket field and up to Mt French (where there’s walks and BBQ sites), The Dugie serves up traditional pub fare, hearty country classics, icy cold beers, a great range of crafts and wines.
    Address: Cnr Mt French and Boonah Rathdowney Roads, Dugandan
    Website: https://www.dugandanhotel.com.au/
  4. The Royal Hotel, Kalbar – no crowns required
    If you haven’t been to the foodie haven that is Kalbar, just an hour from Brisbane, then choose a day and lock it in. This gorgeous country town is home to quite a few ‘must visit’ foodie establishments and fresh produce provedores, with The Royal Hotel leading the charge. Be sure to book ahead for this friendly country pub, which offers plenty of seating on the large deck and in the grounds. The menu features great steaks, local vegetables and pizza, as well as pies, curries, lamb shanks and fresh salads.
    Address: Corner George and Edward St Kalbar,
    Website: http://www.royalhotelkalbar.com.au/
  5. Fortitude Brewing, Tamborine Mountain – the ultimate mountain hoppiness!
    A trip to Fortitude Brewing Company will make you giddier than a little kid with a tambourine. At home at the end of the Gallery Walk on Tamborine Mountain, Fortitude Brewing is famous for its gourmet pizzas, cheese platters and beer tasting paddles, the perfect way to start or finish a daytrip or staycay.
    Address: 165 Long Rd, Tamborine Mountain QLD 4271
    Website: https://fortitudebrewing.com.au/
  6. The Royal Hotel, Harrisville – a living history
    The Royal Hotel Harrisville began life in 1875 as the Harrisville Inn. The original hotel serviced the local cotton and beef industries and was one of the first in the region. It was destroyed by fire in 1916 and rebuilt. A gorgeous country Queensland pub that serves up authentic country meals, it is in demand for events and as a set for filming opportunities. The beer garden overlooks a creek with views of the Great Dividing Range and a free camping area for overnight stays. Just 30 mins west of Ipswich in the Scenic Rim, there’s rumour of a resident ghost, but you will have to ask the publican for more on that!
    Address: 1 Wholey Dr, Harrisville QLD 4307
    Website: https://www.royalhotelharrisville.com.au/
  7. The ‘Rathy’ – home on the range
    The “Rathy Pub” has been a central feature in the Rathdowney township since the 1900s as they serve the heartiest country meals seven days a week in this historic country village. With gorgeous views over the range, a flavour-filled menu and great bar area, it’s the perfect spot for a family outing, a bike ride or a couples visit.
    Address: 4287/73 Collins St, Rathdowney QLD 4287
    Website: https://www.visitscenicrim.com.au/eatdrink/pubs/rathdowney-hotel/
  8. The Bearded Dragon Hotel – Tamborine dreams
    Set on 110 picturesque acres with sweeping views across surrounding Tamborine, The Bearded Dragon Hotel has been delivering the true-blue Aussie experience for 20 years. With 15 local and imported beers on tap, classic pub meals and views to wow your socks off; this pub is the perfect weekend dining spot.
    Address: 2-22 Tamborine Mountain Rd, Tamborine QLD 4270
    Website: http://www.beardeddragon.com.au/
  9. The Australian Hotel, Boonah – the cheer of yesteryear
    Another traditional country pub, The Australian was built in 1888 and is a favourite of Boonah locals and visitors alike. Here’s a tip – pub lunches start from $15, so it’s the perfect spot to pop in on a day trip or longer stay.
    Address: 32 High St, Boonah QLD 4310
    Website: https://www.australianhotelboonah.com.au/
  10. The Beaudesert Hotel – Beauy’s best
    One of Beaudesert’s most historic and established dining venues, The Beaudesert Hotel, known as The Beauy, underwent an extensive renovation in 2015, and is now modern and cool inside, while keeping it’s classic country pub status. Chef Jason Argue has developed a reputation as Beaudesert’s most loved chef in his 12 years at the pans – he’s famous for his steaks, cooked to perfection every time. The Hotel also offers accommodation, a spacious dining room, great bar areas, a gaming room with 24 of some of the most recent gaming machines and a courtesy bus service.
    Address: 80 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert 4285 Queensland
    Website: https://beaudeserthotel.com.au/
  11. St Bernards Hotel, Tamborine Mountain – lunch with a view!
    Enjoy a tasty pub lunch on the deck overlooking stunning hinterland and garden views, and keep an eye out for Syrah, Molly and Cooper, the gorgeous St Bernards! There’s plenty of space for the kids to run around after lunch while you sit and let your meal settle.
    Address: 101 Alpine Terrace, Tamborine Mountain
    Website: http://stbernardshotel.com/
  12. Railway Hotel, Beaudesert – friendly local vibes since 1887
    Make yourself at home in this friendly pub in the heart of Beaudesert. The popular Railway Hotel on Brisbane Street, across from Beaudesert’s old railway building, is where the locals go. With $12.50 lunch specials and always cool inside, the Railway Hotel is the perfect pit stop en route to your Scenic Rim summer adventures. Local trivia: The Beaudesert Railway Hotel brand has been well over a century in the making, with records showing the original Railway Hotel building was constructed in 1887 where the Beaudesert Woolworths car park now stands. The original Railway Hotel was owned by one family for 93 years, and it is said to have been the oldest existing hotel building in Beaudesert.
    Address: 121 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert
    Website: https://railwayhotelbeaudesert.com.au/
  13. Mount Alford Hotel – tiny town, big tasty meals
    Great atmosphere, super cold beer and delicious pub grub. What more could you want?  It’s conveniently just across the road from the Scenic Rim Brewery, so you’ve got your local pub crawl sorted.
    Address: 901 Reckumpilla Street, Mount Alford
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/mtalfordhotel/
  14. Aratula Hotel Motel – your family friendly pit stop
    It’s family friendly, it’s air conditioned, it’s got accommodation and, importantly, the beers are cold. Keep an eye out for all their live music and events!
    Address: 6841 Cunningham Highway Aratula
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/AratulaHotelMotel
  15. Commercial Hotel Harrisville – laid back country vibes
    You’re likely to bump into a few locals in this country pub on the main street of Harrisville. It’s got a laid back atmosphere and it’s a great place to relax and enjoy a beer.
    Address: 24 Queen Street, Harrisville
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/Commercialhotelharrisville1
  16. The Peak Pub at Peak Crossing – character galore!
    A country pub full of character, tall stories and ice cold beer! Come enjoy a meal and the relaxed vibes of this small country town.
    Address: 15-17 Fassifern Street, Peak Crossing
    Website: https://www.thepeakpub.com/
  17. Commercial Hotel, Boonah – cold beers on High Street
    It’s the perfect spot to stop for a cold one while you wander down Boonah’s bustling High Street. You’ll know it when you see the mannequins peering down at you from the second storey verandah (true story!)
    Address: 39 High Street, Boonah
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/Commercial-Hotel-Boonah-1553694321559364
  18. Simon’s Tavern, Boonah – a 70s gem with a long history
    This 1970s building in Boonah’s High Street houses a business with a history dating back to 1902, when original developer and owner Carl Gustav Simon first opened its doors. The original ornate Simon’s Tavern burned down and was replaced by the current structure. Go chill out in the aircon and have a cold bevvie.
    Address: 80 High Street, Boonah
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/simonstavernboonah
  19. Roadie Hotel, Roadvale – affordable meals, good vibes
    Good quality country pub meals at realistic prices in the historic and tiny Scenic Rim farming community of Roadvale. The beers are always cold!
    Address: 320 Gray Street, Roadvale
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/Roadie-Hotel-100936865148169
  20. The Pavilion Tavern – Kooralbyn’s answer to a country pub!
    This local hub is a short stroll from the Kooralbyn Valley Resort, and the beers are always cold, Enjoy indoor and outdoor dining, mini golf, bowling green and playground!
    Address: 1/21 Routley Drive, Kooralbyn
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/kooralbynpavilion

 

If you’ve eaten a meal at Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm in recent years, you’ve had an authentic introduction to the food and farmers of the Scenic Rim.

That’s because Head Chef Daniel Groneberg shares his deep and long-running relationship with the Scenic Rim‘s producers in every dish he serves at the property’s restaurant, Kooroomba Kitchen. 

Kooroomba Kitchen Head Chef, Daniel Groneberg. Photo by Israel Rivera for Visit Scenic Rim.

Kooroomba is a visually striking place, tucked behind the tiny village of Mount Alford – population 268in the Scenic Rim’s fertile Fassifern Valley. 

Kooroomba has grown to become an iconic tourism destination as people book it for their dream wedding, delight in photographing the fields of lavender or even charter a helicopter there for lunch.  

But the real experience lies in the connection you feel with the dozens of Scenic Rim producers showcased on Kooroomba’s menu, because no-one understands the value of supporting small Scenic Rim farmers like Daniel does. 

Daniel lives about 20 minutes down the road, in the vegetable growing hub of Kalbar, surrounded by paddocks seasonally abundant with carrots, onions, corn, pumpkins and more, and a community built around farming. 

His support of Scenic Rim farmers extends well beyond his own immediate backyard, too, as he sources produce from the Kerry Valley to Running Creek, Allenview to Peak Crossing and everywhere in between. 

To get a true sense of just how loyal Daniel is to the farmers of the Scenic Rim, ask any of the local suppliers he sources ingredients from. 

Local dairy farmer Kay Tommerup has supplied her hand-churned butter to Daniel ever since she started making it in mid-2019, and his support has been invaluable to her as a small producer. 

The great thing about Dan is he‘s understanding about the changes that occur in a small farming enterprise and he consistently orders to ensure he can have our butter on his menu,” she said. 

“He never questions the value behind our product, he finds a way to use it in the restaurant and he does it not for praise or accolades but just because it’s who he is. 

“And the best thing is when you go to Kooroomba, the food is magnificent, and you know that so much of what’s on your plate is coming straight from local farmers like us.” 

Visit Scenic Rim spoke with Daniel about why he loves the Scenic Rim, its food and its farmers. 

Why do you use so much Scenic Rim produce on your menu? 

Because you’d be mad if you didn’t. You can’t have a restaurant in an agricultural area like the Fassifern Valley, and the Scenic Rim in general, without using the product that comes from there. As a chef you’d be crazy not to. It’s worth it for the quality diners receive on their plate, and for the relationships it builds with the local farming community. It’s not just about our menu – it’s about the local produce and sharing that produce with everyone who visits. 

What have you learned about the value of using Scenic Rim produce? 

Because we were already using local produce and had strong, established relationships with local farmers before the COVID-19 closures, we were able to pick up where we left off as soon as we were able to reopen. We could just reopen our doors and keep going with what we always did, because we didn’t rely on much to come in from outside the Scenic Rim and we already had those local supply chains set up. I’ve found it really important to source product from a central hub, and I use Oppy’s in Boonah as that central hub. A lot of small producers drop stuff off there when they’ve got it, and I also source product directly from some producers, and it’s all based on availability and seasonality. 

You’ve got more than 30 years’ experience in restaurants and hotels around the world. Why did you choose to work as a chef in the Scenic Rim? 

I was looking for somewhere to live that was rural and still close to a central hub like Brisbane, so first I found a place to live, at Kalbar, in 2015. I lived here for 12 months before I settled on a job here in 2016. It needed to be the right restaurant for the type of food I like to do and Kooroomba emerged as an opportunity. I chose to live here before I chose to cook here, and that says something about how good the Scenic Rim is as a place to live. 

Why should people put a lunch at Kooroomba Kitchen on their bucket list? 

There’s nothing better than tasting Scenic Rim produce while looking out at the fantastic view that our restaurant offers. It really is an experience you can’t get at any other venue in the Scenic Rim. It extends all the way from Mount French on the right all the way across to Mount Barney on the left. 

For sixth generation locals the Harrisons, the Scenic Rim is all about family – sharing their family legacy, running their family business and being close to family.

The Harrisons have been in the area since the 1800s, in the days of the original Beaudesert Shire, when their family first settled in the region.

Matt, Sue and Ian Harrison, baby Naia, Kate Harrison and Phill McKeagg. Photo by Christine Sharp for Eat Local, Food Farming and Conversation in the Scenic Rim, Volume 2.

Now, Sue and Ian Harrison are continuing the legacy for future generations, sharing the beauty of the Scenic Rim through their gorgeous farm stay, Stay at Kirro, on their cattle grazing property Ladybrook Farm, in the Kerry Valley.

They run commercial beef cattle for export and local trade and they also sell their own bred cattle, which are processed in the Scenic Rim and sold at the farm gate on a regular basis.

Stay at Kirro is a beautiful farm stay in the Scenic Rim. Photo supplied by Stay at Kirro.

When you visit Stay at Kirro, you’ll discover the farm is quite the menagerie, with horses, sheep and working dogs also there to welcome you.

The Harrisons breed Australian Stock horses for work horses and camp drafts and they have ventured into Speckled Park cattle, with the pretty calves proving popular with farm stay guests.

They run meat sheep for their grandchildren to have as pets and for Stay at Kirro guests to feed and learn about, and they also have a team of working kelpies to help with the farm work.

We asked Ian and Sue to share some of their local tips for the best places to eat, drink and relax in the Scenic Rim.

What do you love about the Scenic Rim?

We like living in the Scenic Rim because we can be close to our family and friends and close to the Gold Coast for holidays, because we don’t get away very regularly  from our properties.

Our children and grandchildren, being the seventh generation of the Harrisons, all play an important part in our farm operation. Even though they don’t live on the farm, they are just a phone call away if we need a hand to get hay in or brand some new cattle, or fix our computers.

What’s your favourite place to eat/ drink in the Scenic Rim?

We like to go to VK Everydays in Beaudesert for lunch, and one of the pubs in town (Beaudesert Hotel or Railway Hotel) for dinner.

What’s your favourite Scenic Rim spot?

Having a large cattle property, we tend not to go out that much. We attend all the local camp drafts and we love to go to Barton’s Rose Farm at Kalbar to have a look and pick up a new rose bush or two. We love any of the local nurseries, or just a drive around the Scenic Rim.

Looking out from the summit of Mt Maroon. Photo by Susie Cunningham.

We are as excited as you are that travel restrictions continue to ease, and we can welcome even more of you back to the Scenic Rim.

From 11.59pm Friday, 15 May, you can travel up to 150km from home to experience the joys of the Scenic Rim. Great food, great scenery and precious time with family and friends in the great outdoors.

Be sure to follow all Queensland Government health advice on physical distancing and hygiene!

Things are changing by the day, as you know, and many businesses are changing their trading hours and styles to keep their doors open for us all. We’ve provided direct Facebook and website links to each business – please make sure you check the latest with them directly before you set out!

Here are our hot local tips for a great day out in the Scenic Rim!

1. Don’t go hungry

The Scenic Rim is quite literally one of Australia’s most abundant food bowls. We’re home to some of the country’s most hard working farmers, artisan food producers and brewers, distillers and wine makers. Lucky for you, you can get your hands on some fabulous local produce while you’re here.

All that shopping for local produce will make you hungry for something you can eat on the spot! Well you’re in luck. We’ve got more than 100 takeaway options spread out across the region.

So pack you esky and your appetite, and check out our A to Z of local takeaways and esky fillers

2. Walk it out!

Unwind with a stunning bushwalk in one of our World Heritage Listed national parks.

🍃: Lamington National Park (Green Mountains section via O’Reillys)⁣⁣

🍃: Main Range National Park (Mt Cordeaux and Mt Mitchell are stunning)⁣⁣

🍃 Moogerah Peaks National Park⁣⁣ (try the easy, paved track from the car park to the beautiful lookout on Mt French)

🍃 Mount Barney National Park (Yellow Pinch has a great view of Mt Barney!)

🍃 Tamborine National Park (note: Cedar Creek Falls will remain shut)⁣⁣

Be sure to check Qld Parks Park Alerts before you set out, for the latest information!⁣

3. Have a picnic!

Load your loved ones into the car and come relax in one of our parks! Check out a full list of the Scenic Rim’s parks and playgrounds here. Hot local tip, you can have an ALPACA PICNIC 7 days a week! You’ll also find some great picnic inspo over at Destination Scenic Rim.

4. Go shopping

Our beautiful country boutiques are filled to the brim with unique things you won’t find during your ordinary shopping trip! Many of them are starting to open their doors a little more, and if you can’t make it out to visit just yet, you can shop online! Click here for inspo and local intel.

Hang Gliders Lookout Robert Sowter Park

Hang Gliders Lookout by Christine Sharp for Eat Local Scenic Rim.

Whether you need a delicious takeaway or to fill your esky with Scenic Rim goodies for home, we’ve got you covered!

From 11.59pm Friday, 15 May, find something within 150km of where you live, pack your esky and your appetite and come get your fix! Be sure to order ahead (or book ahead, if you hope to be one of the lucky 10 dining in!) to help everyone maintain physical distancing.

Keep an eye out for all our gorgeous local shops to explore while you are here, and pack the rug and camping chairs for a quiet picnic at one of our lookouts, lakes or parks.

Be sure to follow all Queensland Government health advice on physical distancing and hygiene!

Things are changing by the day, as you know, and many businesses are changing their trading hours and styles to keep their doors open for us all. We’ve provided direct Facebook and website links to each business – please make sure you check the latest with them directly before you set out!

Here’s our A to Z of more than 100 hot local takeaway and esky-filling tips to get you started.

Beaudesert and surrounds: 

Grab a takeaway:

Fill your esky:

Lake Moogerah, Scenic Rim. Photo by Trevor Worden for Visit Scenic Rim.

Boonah and surrounds: 

Grab a takeaway:

Fill your esky:

Canungra and surrounds

Grab a takeaway:

Fill your Esky:

 Tamborine Mountain and Tamborine

Grab a takeaway:

Fill your Esky:

Further than 50km away? Order these Scenic Rim goodies online

When you visit Towri Sheep Cheeses, you’ll be greeted by Dallas and Carolyn Davidson, their 300 Awassi sheep and their loyal Jack Russell Honey Poo Davidson.

Their boutique sheep cheesery and farm at Allenview, just out of Beaudesert, is a beautiful spot to go and feel connected to where your food comes from.

Book in for a tour to experience a milking demonstration, substantial cheese tasting, tea and coffee and access to the cheese room to learn about the basics of cheese making.

Towri is available for functions, too!

Carolyn and Dallas Davidson of Towri Sheep Cheeses.

Carolyn and Dallas Davidson of Towri Sheep Cheeses. Photo by Christine Sharp.

Towri Sheep Cheeses are official Scenic Rim Accredited Locavores!

The Eat Local Scenic Rim Accredited Locavores program is an initiative of the Scenic Rim Regional Council.

Go to the website for more information, and look out for the green and yellow Eat Local Scenic Rim sign on shop windows and on cafe and restaurant menus to discover where you can source locally-grown Scenic Rim produce, products and beverages.

In this video, Dallas and Carolyn share their passion for what they do.

An annual foodie event which started from humble beginnings nearly 10 years ago has earned the Scenic Rim a national award for driving economic prosperity.

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week 2018 won the ‘Economic Development Single Event or Activity’ category at the National Economic Development Awards in Adelaide on 24 October.

The Scenic Rim Regional Council outshone a record number of entries from across Australia, including fellow events category finalists Southern Grampians Shire Council and Logan City Council, to win the award.

Brenda Walker – Scenic Rim Regional Council Manager of Regional Prosperity and Communications – accepts the award on behalf of the region.

 

Council’s submission for the award was based on 2018 Scenic Rim Eat Local Week, which attracted 40,000 people to the region and contributed more than $2 million to the local economy.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said winning at the National Economic Development Awards reinforced the clear value of the region’s food and drink industries.

“Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is an incredible celebration, and this award demonstrates it runs so much deeper than that,” he said.

“This is a win for the entire local supply chain, from the farmers who grow our incredible local produce right through to everyone who hosts an Eat Local Week event to drive those economic benefits to our region and put money in the pockets of our local operators.”

“Eat Local Week has grown from about four or five events when it started in 2010 to a program of 90 events, and this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of all the people who visit the Scenic Rim during Eat Local Week each year to make it worth our while. We thank each and every one of those visitors for the value they have brought to our region.”

Local dairy farmer and agritourism leader Kay Tommerup of Tommerup’s Dairy Farm said the economic benefits of Eat Local Week were invaluable year-round.

“The actual movement of Eat Local, beyond Eat Local Week, is huge for all of us. The publicity and the recognition that we have gained over the years means that we now have an audience of chefs, cafes and all those people who’ll come to us directly,” she said.

“The Scenic Rim brand really stands for something, and collectively we offer an authentic, character-filled experience through the food of our region.”

The Scenic Rim’s latest win is in addition to the ‘Outstanding Region’ award it won at the delicious. Produce Awards in Sydney earlier this year.

Read: Scenic Rim judged most delicious region in Australia

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week will celebrate its 10th anniversary from 27 June – 5 July 2020. For more information visit www.eatlocalweek.com.au/

It is official – the Scenic Rim is Australia’s most outstanding foodie region, according to some of the nation’s best chefs and food industry leaders.

The Scenic Rim won the ‘Outstanding Region’ trophy at the prestigious delicious. Produce Awards in Sydney on Monday, 19 August.

Kelli Rabbitt and Brenda Walker of Scenic Rim Regional Council at the delicious. Produce Awards.

The region shone on the national stage for its authentic local food movement, underpinned by the highly successful Scenic Rim Eat Local Week initiative.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said the award was well-deserved recognition.

“The small team behind Scenic Rim Eat Local Week have been trailblazers in the local food space, working closely with the amazing local food and beverage producers of the Scenic Rim to create this grass roots movement which is just so real and so effective,” he said.

“Consumers can taste the difference when they learn the story of their food, experience the beauty of the region it’s grown in and connect directly with the people behind what’s on their plate and in their cup.

“Through initiatives like Scenic Rim Eat Local Week and our year-round  ‘accredited locavores’ program, we have provided an opportunity for producers to collaborate and cross-promote and create genuine friendships united by their common love of our stunningly beautiful and productive region.

“The Scenic Rim Regional Council is proud to be championing local producers and we thank them for their significant contributions to our economy and to the social fabric of our region.”

Local dairy farmer and agritourism leader Kay Tommerup of Tommerup’s Dairy Farm said being part of the Scenic Rim was invaluable.

“The actual movement of Eat Local, beyond Eat Local Week, is huge for all of us. The publicity and the recognition that we have gained over the years means that we now have an audience of chefs and cafes and all those people who’ll come to us directly,” she said.

“The Scenic Rim brand really stands for something, and collectively we offer an authentic, character-filled experience through the food of our region.

“People are really getting that connection we’re all trying to develop, and once they’ve eaten the food they want to know more about where it came from.”

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week will celebrate its 10th anniversary from 27 June – 5 July 2020. For more information visit www.eatlocalweek.com.au/

First came Eat Local Week. Now you can Eat Local every week in the Scenic Rim.

Eat Local Scenic Rim is a new accreditation program, initiated by the Council, designed to make it easy for visitors to find, taste, buy and connect with the best regional produce.

The 63 local farmers, providores and artisan producers are known as ‘accredited locavores’ and they are the region’s best food and wine ambassadors. Look out for the logo, it’s the easiest way to find the best in-season, regional produce.

Look for this logo in shops, cafes and farm gates.

Some of our locavores were recently featured on Channel Seven’s The Great Day Out.

The producers behind Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard, Scenic Rim Brewery, Scenic Rim Olives and Kooroomba Gully  shared their passion for produce with presenter and chef Alastair McLeod.

The best food in the Scenic Rim

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Find out more about Eat Local Scenic Rim and plan your delicious journey around the Scenic Rim.

Mike and Wendy Webster are the friendly faces behind Scenic Rim Brewery.

The craft brewery and cafe at Mt Alford is a must-do on any Scenic Rim day trip.

Mike and Wendy’s cafe and brewery features a wide selection of local food, ingredients and of course beer!

Enjoy a long lunch at Scenic Rim Brewery

They’re official Scenic Rim Locavores, an initiative of the Scenic Rim Council’s Eat Local Scenic Rim. Go to the website for more information and look out for the local in shop windows and on cafe and restaurant menus to discover where you can source locally-grown Scenic Rim produce, products and beverages.

In this video, Mike and Wendy share their passion for local food and drinks and explain why it means so much to them.

The Scenic Rim’s new Locavore Accreditation program, Eat Local Scenic Rim, takes the guess work out of sourcing, trying and buying local food and drinks.

Look out for the logo on menus, farm gates, cellar doors and in shop windows.

Look for this logo on menus, in shop windows, cellar doors and restaurants.

When you see it you’ll know you’ve found a producer or supplier of amazing Scenic Rim food, wine, craft beer and exciting local ingredients.

Visit the website to create your own Scenic Rim locavore adventure – visit farms, help with feeding the animals, meet the winemakers and return home with a car filled with delicious local ingredients.

The Overflow Estate 1895 , a new boutique cellar door and vineyard, is one of the inaugural Scenic Rim Locavores.

This historic grazing property is located between Boonah and Beaudesert and fronts Lake Wyaralong. The Overflow boasts 12km of waterfront land and covers 4000 acres supporting 500 head of cattle and the vineyard. The magnificent original homestead was built by hand in 1899 and 1900.

The owners have crafted a stylish, relaxed destination to enjoy beautiful wines, local produce and stunning scenery.

Manager Emily Lochran explains their vision in the video below.

The Overflow Estate 1895 is open Thursday to Sunday, and at other times by appointment. Check the Facebook page for details on how to be part of the grape harvest.

Find out more about the Eat Local Scenic Rim accreditation program on the website.
And don’t forget Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is on this year from June 29 to July 7 – put it on your calendar.

Feast from the Scenic Rim

‘Tis the season to be eating and drinking, and when you’re in the Scenic Rim that’s easy to do!

This bountiful region produces a smorgasbord of amazing fresh produce, wines, cheeses, meat, vegetables and so much more.

Make yours a very local Christmas with help from the new Eat Local Scenic Rim accreditation program and website.

Eat Local Scenic Rim brings together the many places in the region, as well as Brisbane and the Gold Coast, where you can find, taste, buy and connect with Scenic Rim food and drinks.

And if you need some creative kitchen inspiration, pick-up a copy of the latest Eat Local Food Farming & Conversation in the Scenic Rim Cookbook, by Scenic Rim creatives Brenda Fawdon and Christine Sharp. The book profiles local producers and incorporates their ingredients in some delicious recipes.

Buy the Book online here

Put these Scenic Rim products on your Christmas menu.

  1. Coffee Beans, Green Lane Coffee, Tamborine Mountain
  2. Digga’s Pale Ale, Scenic Rim Brewery, Mount Alford
  3. Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Scenic Rim Olives, Roadvale
  4. Wild Ferment Chardonnay, Witches Falls Winery, Tamborine Mountain
  5. Macadamia Nuts, Greenlee Farm, Canungra
  6. Raw Honey, Greenlee Farm, Canungra
  7. Small Batch Gin, Flinders Peak Winery, Peak Crossing
  8. Free Range Eggs, Pure Country Eggs, Beaudesert
  9. Lemon Myrtle Vodka, Tamborine Mountain Distillery, Tamborine Mountain
  10. Organic Honey, Dewar Honey, Moogerah
  11. Gelato, Naughty Little Kids, Peak Crossing
  12. Olives, Scenic Rim Olives, Roadvale
  13. Olives, Rathlogan Grove, Rathdowney
  14. Kalfresh Carrot Bread, Arthur Clive’s Family Bakery, Boonah & Aratula
  15. Black Ash Triple Cream Brie, Pure Artisan Cheese, Tamborine Mountain
  16. 4Real Milk, Scenic Rim 4Real Milk, Tamrookum
  17. Verjuice, Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard, Bunjurgen
  18. Camel Persian Feta, Summer Land Camel Farm, Harrisville

Feeling inspired? Try this festive Verjuice Vacherin recipe by Brenda Fawdon, from the Eat Local Cookbook.

Bunjurgen Estate Verjuice Vacherin

 

 

 

It’s never been easier to eat and drink locally in the Scenic Rim, thanks to a new program which enlists the help of accredited food and wine champions.

The inaugural intake of Scenic Rim ‘locavores’ was announced at the launch of the new Eat Local Scenic Rim initiative.

See the full list of accredited locavores

The Scenic Rim Regional Council program builds on the popularity of Eat Local Week by enabling locals and visitors to find, taste, buy, connect and eat local food and drinks year round.

Wild Canary Executive Chef Glen Barratt with farmers Kay and Dave Tommerup and Wild Canary owner Kate Harvey.

Look out for the new Eat Local Scenic Rim logo to easily identify where to source local food and wine.

The 57 new accredited ‘locavores’, will champion Scenic Rim food and drinks on their menus, in their cafes, restaurants, wineries and accommodation, and sell local produce in their shops.

Accredited participants will display the Eat Local Scenic Rim logo on menus, in shopfronts, on farm gates and on websites and packaging, so visitors and locals can easily identify places to try and buy local produce.

Regional visitors can also create their own Scenic Rim Food Trail, using the online portal, or they can download ready-to-go food, wine and beer itineraries created for the region.

Check out the photos from the launch

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen says the region’s reputation as a gourmet destination is building, and consumers are hungry to enjoy Scenic Rim produce beyond Eat Local Week.

“The time was right to launch this next phase,” he said.

“South Australia has the Barossa Valley, Western Australia has the Margaret River, New South Wales has the Hunter Valley, Victoria has the Yarra Valley and Tasmania has the Tamar Valley – all great spots for a gourmet getaway and with a reputation for wonderful food and wine.

“The Scenic Rim has developed a strong reputation for producing wonderful food and wine, for gourmet getaways and for stunning scenery. It’s now taking its rightful place alongside these other iconic destinations, and we have the added advantage of only being an hour away from Brisbane or the Gold Coast.”

Farmer Carolyn Davidson hosted the launch at Towri Sheep Cheeses.

The Scenic Rim is emerging as one of Queensland’s most exciting food and wine destinations and one of the most collaborative, with producers keen to work together to develop unique offerings, including beer chutney, carrot bread, camel milk vodka and sheep and cow’s milk stout.

To be eligible for endorsement, Eat Local Scenic Rim applicants had to meet criteria for their category, including regularly featuring and identifying Scenic Rim ingredients on menus, in their mini bar, or in their shop.

Accredited members will be encouraged to display the Eat Local Scenic Rim logo in their restaurant or shopfront windows, at the farm gate and even on packaging and their website. They will also be invited to be involved in industry networking and development opportunities and be featured on a dedicated website, designed to make it easier for visitors and consumers to source local food and drinks.

Scenic Rim Regional Food Ambassadors Glen Barratt, Caroline Jones, Alison Alexander and Javier Codina.

The project was made possible with support from the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund. Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport and Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said the Eat Local Scenic Rim initiative is a fantastic way of showcasing local industry and talent.

“The Eat Local project was made possible by the Federal Government and includes an online platform featuring local producers and businesses. Visitors to this beautiful region can have some real and engaging experiences with the men and women who produce our vegetables, dairy products, olives, honey, wine, craft beer and coffee, all within the Scenic Rim area.”

Newly-accredited locavore, Carolyn Davidson, said she was delighted that her Towri Sheep Cheeses could be part of the initiative and was keen to contribute to further growth for the regional industry.

“It’s great to see this initiative get off the ground and link the dots between those of us in the industry, our local customers and potential visitors from further afield,” she said.

Food at the launch was prepared by Scenic Rim chef and business owner Kate Raymont of The Vintage Pickle Tamborine Mountain. It showcased the array of local ingredients available in the region.

Kate Raymont of The Vintage Pickle.

Businesses which would like to become part of the program can still apply online at the website.