The Scenic Rim Eat Local program is officially live, and it’s packed with creativity, flavour and authenticity. We’re in for a month-long celebration of farm to fork, paddock to plate experiences, happening from June 1 to July 2.
Boasting 139 food events (the largest offering in the event’s 12-year history), the program will run throughout the entire month of June – just one week was not enough!
“When Eat Local Week started in 2011, 10 events were staged, attended by a few hundred people,” says Scenic Rim Regional Council Mayor, Greg Christensen. “Last year, there were 125 events and almost 40,000 attendees. This expansion reflects the hard work of our community, and the support of visitors from across the country.”
Eat Local Month is headlined by 37 long lunches, degustations and dinners, 43 workshops and classes, and 37 tours and experiences. From Beaudesert to Beechmont, Kerry to Kalbar and Mount Alford to Tamborine Mountain, here are just a few highlights from the mouth-watering Scenic Rim Eat Local Month lineup…
Blume x Witches Falls Degustation Dinner
On the opening weekend (June 2-4) acclaimed chef Jack Stuart hosts the first ever Blume x Witches Falls Degustation Dinner at the Witches Falls winery at Tamborine Mountain. Also at Tamborine, the Copperhead Restaurant will stage their first Sunset Soiree, and there’s a new foodie event for all ages – famed Queensland chef Brenda Fawdon will host Burgers and Beers on the Grass at Picnic Real Food Bar. #YesChef
Meet the Producer
If you love your beer, wine and cheese (who doesn’t right?), the Meet the Producer events are must-attend events! This year the producers from Towri Sheep Cheeses, Witches Falls Winery, Summer Land Camels and the Scenic Rim Brewery are opening their produce homes and sharing their stories. Of course, there’s also a dedicated program for foodie families and curious kids…
Little Farmer Humpty Day
Head along to Summer Land Camels for Little Farmer Humpty Day on June 28 – and don’t forget to dress like a farmer! Your children won’t forget this fun, informative experience that includes a farm tour, kids activities and an introduction to Summer Land’s friendly camels. Make sure you bring your camera to get the perfect shot with your favourite camel.
Fun at Tommerup’s Dairy Farm
In the heart of the Scenic Rim in the Kerry Valley is the sixth generation Tommerup’s Dairy Farm, which recently won the Innovation title at the prestigious Australian Farmer of the Year Awards. On the weekend of June 23-25, Kay and Dave Tommerup will stage two all-new events in Our Bread and Butter-Simple Farmhouse Pleasures masterclass and the Tommerup’s Feast on the Farm with guest chef Richard Ousby, to complement their famed Breakfast with the Jersey Girls (Saturday June17).
Fermented Food Festival
Also new to Eat Local Month is the inaugural Fermented Food Festival (June 10), celebrating the taste-bud blowing world of food fermentation, and hosted by Summer Land Camels and the Pickling Project. Now, pickling is a thing, and it’s a good thing – it saves wastage, extends shelf life, it’s fun and it’s an age-old food craft, which means, it’s cool! There’ll be growers and picklers from across the region in this fantastic new celebration.
Kalfresh Carrot Day [SOLD OUT]
Let’s get CARROT AWAY for a minute – the region is Australia’s carrot growing capital, with local farmers harvesting 600 million each year! Celebrating this carrotacular fact, is the Kalfresh Carrot Day held on Saturday June 10. It’s perfect for little foodies – they walk the paddock and pull carrots from the soil, meet the farmers and visit Kalfresh Vegetables.
Winter Harvest Festival
The finale event for Scenic Rim Eat Local Month is the famous Winter Harvest Festival on Saturday 1 July. Over 70 market stalls will celebrate everything from local vegetables to eggs, cheese, olives, relishes, jams, honey, camel milk products, carrot ice-cream, beer and wine and will feature at the Aratula Community Sports Complex along with chef cooking demonstrations, live music, loads of kids rides and adventures, and the world famous Community Bank Kalbar & District Tractor Pulling competition!!
But wait, there’s more…
Local breweries and wineries are open every weekend with special events, so check out Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard, Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm, and the Scenic Rim Brewery (try the Beauy & Blue – it’s a spiced pumpkin ale, made from famous Beaudesert Blue pumpkins). One of the newest foodie destinations is The Bowl in Boonah, under chef Jack Stuart, and the Roadvale Hotel has been refurbished and is now home to chef Daniel Groneberg.
Check out the full program for all the foodie fun to be had in the Scenic Rim.