The Roadtrip Series: treat yourself to a moveable feast during the Scenic Rim Eat Local Week
Discovering truly fresh produce is kind of like when you wash your clothes with a fancy new detergent – every colour is brighter, the aromas are intoxicating and it generally just leaves you feeling better from the inside out. You know what else feels pretty darn good? Meeting the faces behind your food. Making an effort to know where your food comes from is totally worth it, which is where the Scenic Rim Eat Local Week comes in. Running from June 24 to July 2, the program is positively brimming with cool foodie-related activities, so many so that you couldn’t possibly do them all (or could you?). Lucky for you, we’ve enlisted the help of our official site partner Mercedes-Benz Brisbane and its produce princess ambassador Sofie Formica to pick out a few must-dos. Put in some annual leave, fill up your tank and set off on the fresh food adventure of a lifetime!
Lunch with Lambs by Cameron Matthews – Friday June 23
The title of this event pretty much speaks for itself, so try and tell us that you’re not interested in sitting down to a long table lunch created by an amazing chef complete with the opportunity to cuddle a wee lamb. Spicers Group Executive Chef Cameron Matthews will be serving up multiple shared courses at Towri Sheep Cheese, a gorgeous artisan boutique dairy owned by the delightful Carolyn Davidson. Good vibes will be in large supply (c’mon, people – lamb cuddles).
Rathlogan Grove Sample Platters and Tastings – June 24–25 and July 1–2
This is your chance to really eat like a local – swing by Rathlogan Olive Grove’s Shed Cafe and sample the mouth-watering products including olives, infused olive oil, dukkah and flavoured vinegar. Don’t forget to bring some home – your charcuterie and platter game will be instantly taken next level.
The Lost World’s Farm Gate Festival – Saturday June 24
You remember the Choose Your Own Adventure series, right? This is the food equivalent. For one day only, the farmers at The Lost World will throw open a selection of their farm gates, giving you the perfect opportunity to taste and explore your way around the region. Learn about the farm, meet the workers, taste fresh-as-heck produce and taste amazing local food all in one spot.
Ladybrook Cattle Farm Experiences – Saturday June 24
The Ladybrook Cattle Farm is really something to behold, so it’s worth taking a few hours to check it out. Head in early to catch a live cattle demo and to learn about ethical farming practices, or linger longer for the delicious outback smokehouse barbecue luncheon – Crafted Q will be slinging their Texas-style eats for the afternoon.
Pick, Cook, Eat at The Bunyip – Sunday June 25
Pick, Cook, Eat at The Bunyip will set you up for possibly the greatest culinary winter of your life – this cooking class will teach you how to create dishes that celebrate the season using fresh ingredients from the kitchen garden as well as produce sourced from local Scenic Rim farmers.
O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards Longest Lunch – Sunday June 25
The gang from O’Reilly’s knows how to put on a killer spread with a vibe to match. Kick off your shoes and wriggle your toes in the lush grass as you graze on a three-course shared platter menu comprising of fresh local fare and wines from the on-site vineyard.
Kooroomba Vineyard Degustation – June 30
Seven is a magical and lucky number, and seven is also the number of courses you get to devour at the Kooroomba Vineyard Degustation. The stunning surrounds of the vineyard and lavender farm are the perfect backdrop for a dinner that showcases the Scenic Rim’s best local produce and matched local wines.
Winter Harvest Festival – Saturday July 1
It would be a bit of a stitch-up not to mention Eat Local Week’s signature event – the Winter Harvest Festival serves up the Scenic Rim on a platter, giving you the chance to meet the faces behind the food. This family-friendly day features live music, celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, kids activities and the have-to-see-it-to-believe-it Kalbar & District Community Bank Tractor Pulling competition! Don’t forget to bring your Esky so you can take home an amazing haul.
Spicers Peak Lodge Long Table Lunch – July 2
When it comes to destination dining, nobody does it quite like Spicers. The Spicers Peak Lodge long table lunch comprises of a fireside three-course lunch including paired wines produced by local heroes, all set to the tune of chill live tunes. Soak up the atmosphere of relaxed luxury whilst honouring some amazing homegrown tastes.
Pasta Masterclass – Sunday July 2
If you don’t enjoy Italian food, there is something deeply, deeply wrong with you. The utterly delightful Pietro and Desley Agnoletto are bona fide experts when it comes to all things Italian, so you know this it legit. Have fun learning to make your own fresh pasta using Ayton Farm pastured eggs at Pietro and Desley’s charming property – you will discover how quickly you can make fresh sauces and also crostoli, a delicious Italian sweet.
Allamburra Organics Eggstravaganza – recurring throughout the week
Allamburra Organics is an awesome farm run by Johanna Bell and her parents, where roughly 500 chickens roam free and lay golden-yolked eggs. During Eat Local Week they are holding an Eggstravaganza – essentially an open day where you can visit the farm, see how the chooks are raised and learn about the organic farming process. Tickets also include a local food tasting platter prepared by Kate Raymont of the Vintage Pickle – yes please.
Food Culture in the Rainforest – recurring throughout the week
The multi-award winning Songbirds Rainforest Retreat is a very fitting place to host a series of shared feasting events – the serene, lush surroundings are the ideal setting for the culinary team to work their magic with delectable organic produce.
This post was created with our good friend Sofie Formica, ambassador for our official site partner Mercedes-Benz Brisbane.