Eat Local Week is an exciting, engaging and educational 9 day program of events that provides visitors and locals with an opportunity to learn about and enjoy the outstanding array of fresh, local products available right on their doorstep.
The Scenic Rim produces a vast bounty of fruit and vegetables, wines, craft beer, milk, meat and gourmet products, including olives, cheeses, nuts, jams and relishes. Eat Local Week connects consumers with farmers and highlights the benefits of sourcing food that’s in-season, close to home.
Throughout the event, there is something for foodies of all ages featuring free and low-cost activities for children and families, farm tours, cooking classes, producer dinners and opportunities to meet the farmers and taste their wares. Both Eat Local Week and the Winter Harvest Festival are supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland, as part of a growing calendar of sporting, cultural and regional events throughout the state.
Eat Local Week 2015 will run from June 27 to July 5
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Mayor John Brent
Scenic Rim Regional Council
As a third generation Scenic Rim vegetable farmer and Mayor of this wonderful region, it is with great pride that I introduce the 2015 Eat Local Week program.
Last year’s Eat Local Week activities attracted more than 15,000 people to the region, reflecting the interest the wider community now has in the paddock to plate process.
The range of products produced in this region continues to amaze me. We’re a major winter vegetable production area, but we also produce beef, pork, poultry, cheese, wine, craft beer, olives, relishes, jams, finger limes, dragon fruit, tea, coffee and so much more.
During Scenic Rim Eat Local Week take the opportunity to visit the farms, eat the food, drink the wine and learn to cook with local ingredients.
In 2015, Council has partnered with Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art to showcase the food and produce of the Scenic Rim through their world-class venue in the heart of Brisbane and share the Eat Local Week story with our city cousins.
As part of this partnership, we are pleased that QAGOMA Executive Chef, Josh Lopez, is our 2015 Event Ambassador. Josh will be the special guest and presenter at the Winter Harvest Festival, Eat Local Week’s signature event.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Executive Chef QAGOMA Scenic Rim Eat Local Week Ambassador
Regional cuisine is a profound concept – it speaks volumes not only of the people who produce it but of the places in which it is made. It has the power to not only define, but emblematically symbolise a community.
‘Seasonal’, ‘local’ – these words have become almost passé in contemporary culinary language and risk losing their original meaning and merit. But on the path from my humble training in Brisbane, to Michelin-starred kitchens in Europe, I started to understand their significance and value. That we have the ability and bountiful resources, no matter where we live, to create a truly regional cuisine, one born out of seasonal and locally sourced produce, was a profound revelation to me and one that drives my passion and determination to create amazing food with its own unique character.
I am passionate about showcasing fantastic Queensland produce and my dishes often feature ingredients from the Scenic Rim. Partnering with Eat Local Week is a wonderful opportunity for me to embrace the world-class produce from this beautiful and fertile region, produce that, as locals, we should all be proud to serve and promote.
The Winter Harvest Festival is Eat Local Week’s signature event. Now in its third year, this authentic food festival showcases the breadth of Scenic Rim’s premium food, wine and beer and is set to be the biggest yet.
In 2014 over 4,000 people enjoyed the chance to meet the farmers, taste the food and buy their produce. There’s also a packed program of family friendly activities, live entertainment, producer discussions, and cooking demonstrations by Josh Lopez, Alison Alexander and Caroline Jones, as well as our local chefs, Brenda Fawdon, Kate Raymont and Terri Taylor.
Don’t miss the hotly contested Tractor Pulling Competition, which pits teams against a 12 tonne tractor. The Winter Harvest Festival is a fabulous, relaxed day out for families and food lovers.
The Winter Harvest Festival will be held on 4 July at the Aratula Community Sports Complex
Want to be involved?
If you are a food producer, a farmer or are involved in the food, wine or craft beer industries and you would like to be involved in the Winter Harvest Festival please download the Participant Application Form: Winter Harvest Festival