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Best clear the diary from June 29 through to July 7, and for the weeks leading up for that matter, because Scenic Rim Eat Local Week has unveiled the 2019 program and every event is a must-attend!

Featuring more than 90 events from Canungra to The Lost World, Beaudesert to Boonah, Tamborine Mountain to Kalbar, Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is the ultimate backstage pass to the farms, wineries and food stories of the region. The famed event presents the opportunity to meet the people behind the produce and the flavours, in a celebration that features festivals, farm-gate events and culinary experiences for foodies of all ages.

Visit the Eat Local Week website for comprehensive information about where to go, what to see and how to book ahead.

Great Day Out presenter Jillian Whiting with farmer Tony Gibb.

Set against the natural beauty of the Scenic Rim, a region of more than 4,200 square kilometres of rich volcanic soil surrounded by ancient mountains and home to thousands of famers and food creators, Eat Local Week is one of the most authentic food festivals in the world.

Shaking the muddied hand of a farmer in the middle of a carrot paddock while sipping on local carrot beer and watching a fashion parade of Carrot Couture is testament to just how extraordinary this famed event is.

Channel Seven’s Great Day Out program featured many of the local producers and makers during a half-hour Eat Local Week Special.

They visited Tommerup’s Dairy Farm, took a farm tour with QLD food expert Alison Alexander, visited Green Lee Macadamia farm with The Wolfe Chef Josue Lopez, and took a tour of Tamborine Mountain’s must-do foodie stops.

Chef Alastair McLeod at Summer Land Camels.

Packed Program

The program is overflowing with must-see and must-taste experiences, from degustations and carrot picking to Jamming with the Lambs at Towri Sheep Cheeses where farmers Carolyn and Dallas working with Spicers Retreats’ Executive Chef Cameron Matthews create a truly amazing scene, with roaring fires, live jazz and lambs to cuddle, to Kate Raymont’s Degustation at The Overflow Estate 1895 and O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard’s Longest Lunch which sees the shared table grow longer every year!

There’s camel cheese tasting, beer and wine lunches and breakfast with the Jersey Girls @ Tommerup’s Dairy Farm will also launch their new micro-creamery which is an exciting addition for the Scenic Rim.

Committed to providing the younger generation with their own journey of food discovery, experiences for the kids include a visit to Greenlee Farm, a working macadamia nut farm running tours exclusively for Eat Local Week, the Alpaca Picnic @ Mountview Alpaca Farm (just down the road from Greenlee), the Little Farmer Humpty Day @ Summer Land Camels and the famous Winter Harvest Festival, Eat Local Week’s signature event held at Aratula on July 6 (which is for all food lovers!).

Meet our Eat Local Ambassadors

Carefully curated to celebrate the food and drink stories of the Scenic Rim, Eat Local Week 2019 boasts a roll call of Ambassadors including Queensland’s food doyenne Alison Alexander, Wild Canary Executive Chef Glen Barrett, Three Girls Skipping’s Caroline Jones, Homage Restaurant at Spicers Hidden Vale’s Ash Martin and The Wolfe’s Josue Lopez among others.

While the main program for Eat Local Week runs from June 29 to July 7, a program of six entrée events will be held from Saturday May 25. One of these is the exclusive presentation of Carrot Couture, a fashion and food collaboration between Eat Local Week, Kalfresh Vegetables and Brisbane fashion house Jericho Road Clothing to be held in a carrot paddock! Needless to say, it’s a must-attend!

Reconnect with your Food

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said Scenic Rim Eat Local Week was a very real conduit between the paddock and the plate for the thousands who attend every year.

“Eat Local Week is a time to reconnect with where food comes from, and we’re keen to spread the word that much of it comes from just down the road from Brisbane, in the Scenic Rim!” said Mayor Christensen.

“Over the past few years interest in the provenance of food has skyrocketed as people want to know the story of what is going in their mouths. We embrace this interest, and through Eat Local Week, we welcome people to ground zero of food production! We need people to value and understand the importance of our agricultural areas – so that they fight to celebrate them and to protect them.”

“Connecting our farmers and growers with chefs to create incredible dining experiences, and then witnessing the looks on people’s faces as they taste the produce, see the settings or meet the locals, is truly memorable. Paddock to plate is a term used all too often in restaurants around the world, but it is practised first hand here during Eat Local Week, and indeed every week,” he said.

Eat Local Week not only showcases the region as a food-bowl but also as a leading destination, driving tourism, fostering community pride and generating ongoing economic benefits for the primary producers and the wider community. Last year Eat Local Week attracted more than 37,000 visitors to the Scenic Rim region, contributing more than $2 million to the local economy.

The Scenic Rim is just one hours’ drive from Brisbane.

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

 

 

 

Summer holidays are great for road trips. The Scenic Rim is on your doorstep – just an hour’s drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast – and offers plenty of unique and exciting experiences.

We’ve pulled together some of our favourite road trips, listing all the best places to stop for food, drinks, coffee, shopping and a swim.

All you need to do is jump in the car and visit the Scenic Rim.

Which of our itineraries will you try?

  1. Boonah & Beyond: A 38km round trip that will take you to cafes, Boonah’s local shopping strip, historic country pubs, two wineries and a brewery!
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    The Commercial Hotel, Boonah.

     

  2. The Lions Road: A 96km journey from Beaudeesert to Kyogle, via the robotic dairy, Rathdowney, an olive grove and the incredible Border Ranges.
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    The Lions Road

     

  3. Tamborine Mountain: Explore this gorgeous hilltop oasis on this 25km loop of all that is fabulous on the mountain, including breweries, cafes, gardens, rainforest skywalk, wine and a coffee plantation.
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    Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, Tamborine Mountain

     

  4. Canungra Day Trip: Spend a whole lazy day exploring the village town of Canungra.
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    O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard

     

  5. Lodge to Lodge: Give yourself a few days and travel from one end of the Lamington Plateau to the other, stopping at two of the region’s most popular and historic mountain lodges.
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    Binna Burra Sky Lodges, a perfect place to stay.

     

  6. Antiques, Art and Camels: What a quirky day you’ll have when you visit the western Scenic Rim. We’re crafted a schedule to keep young and old happy – camel farm, antique shop and a winery.
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    Summer Land Camel Farm, a stop on the Antiques, Art and Camels itinerary.

     

  7. Cheese Pleaser: What makes a good road trip great? Cheese of course! Here’s a tour of the Scenic Rim’s amazing boutique cheesemakers and their farms.
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    Towri Sheep Cheese Farm on the Cheese Pleaser itinerary. (Bookings required)

     

  8. Boonah to Queens Mary Falls: One of the region’s most popular drives, which will take you along the NSW-QLD border into the lush pastures of Killarney.
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    Queen Mary Falls

     

  9. The Lost World: Explore this stunning southern part of the Scenic Rim which offers visitors the chance to tour working farms, take a cooking class, or refresh at a country pub.
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    The Lost World

     

  10. The Farm Gate Tour: Want to visit some working farms and get your hands dirty? This itinerary is for you. On this journey, you’re guaranteed to meet chooks, goats, sheep and camels!

    Meet the animals on the Farm Gate Tour

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The countdown to Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is on.

Start planning your menu for this smorgasbord of local food, farms, and drinks.

The fun starts from June 24 and continues through to July 2.

There’s plenty on offer for foodies of all ages, including farm tours, producer lunches and dinners, beef and beer nights and even a camp oven cooking class.

Don’t miss the signature event, the Winter Harvest Festival, on Saturday July 1.

Find out more