Save the Date: Eat Local Week 2016 will run from 25 June to 3 July with our Signature Event the Winter Harvest Festival on Saturday 2 July.

 

Expressions of interest are now open!  Are you passionate about local food and the positive effects producing and consuming locally have on our health, our environment and our local economy?  We would like to hear from growers, producers, retailers, vineyards, breweries, businesses and groups that produce and use local products.  Eat Local Week is open to large or small events, held on just one day or over multiple days and provides a great opportunity to raise the profile of your business or group through local produce.  Application forms are available to download from the Eat Local Week website.

 

                                                                                             

 

 

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.

 

Find out more about  Eat Local Week and the Winter Harvest Festival at www.eatlocalweek.com.au

 

 

 

Josue Lopez
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. 

 

For further information please contact:

Cherie Fletcher
Economic Development & Tourism
Scenic Rim Regional Council
Tel:  5540 5314 |  Mob:  0429 119 544  |  e:  cherie.f@scenicrim.qld.gov.au