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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/

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.

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.

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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