After being yet another Covid casualty last year, the Scenic Rim’s Eat Local Week is back and bigger than ever for 2021. This food extravaganza has been gracing the Greater Brisbane area since 2011, but this year it will be made up of over 125 foodie events to tempt you out to the Scenic Rim. Spanning from Beaudesert to Tamborine and beyond, there is something for everyone on the line-up with food experiences that celebrate the farms, wineries and producers of the region.
Running from 26 June to 4 July you can enjoy anything from farm breakfasts to street food festivals with our favorite option being a picnic box from Picnic Real Food Bar that you can take with you on the road, to spread out and enjoy when you find the perfect picnic spot. We know you’ll probably want to hit more than a few of the events on offer, but here are our top five experiences to add to your diary.
Kalfresh Carrot Day
You buy carrots clean, trimmed and bagged up at the supermarket, but how do they get there? Find out by spending a day on a carrot farm in Kalbar and learn everything that you need to know about growing and harvesting the carrots you find in your fridge. You can step up your veggie game and chat with a carrot farmer on how to grow the perfect carrot or just leave the growing to the experts and pick yourself a bunch straight from the ground. If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, they’ll also have plenty of carrot-inspired eats for sale, including beef and carrot snags and carrot cookies. Entry is $10 and tickets can be found here.When: 8.30am–1pm, Saturday 26 June Where: Kalfresh Carrot Farm, Kalbar Find out more here.
Wine, Cheese And Cider Tasting At Witches Falls Winery
Perched in the Tamborine Mountains, Witches Falls Winery will be hosting the ultimate tasting sessions throughout Eat Local Week. Spend an afternoon tasting some of the region’s best wines paired with locally made cheese and relishes. If you’re not a fan of wine, don’t let that hold you back—the winery also makes hard apple ciders, a flight of which will go just as well with that cheese platter. Tickets for a tasting are only $10 and will be running every day throughout the festival (you might catch us going more than once).When: 10am–5pm, 26 June to 4 July Where: Witches Falls Winery, Tamborine Find out more here.
Dinner Under The Stars With The Scenic Rim Astronomy Association
The food just keeps on coming with one of the Eat Local Week’s most exclusive events—a dinner under the stars hosted by the Scenic Rim Astronomy Association. You can spend the evening gazing at the heavens and learning about the stars with night sky guides, demonstrations and telescope views, all while enjoying a three-course meal inspired by local produce. With space for only 50 people, tickets to this one will go quick.When: 5pm, Saturday 26 June Where: The Old Larvale School, Laravale Find out more here.
Sunset Cocktails And Vodka Tasting At Summer Land Camels
Want to get a selfie with a camel, then watch a Scenic Rim sunset with a cocktail in hand and a delicious camel cheese platter in front of you? Ok, you may not have thought about the camel cheese part, but you’ll be presently surprised by the creamy cheeses Summer Land Camels whips up using camel milk. These guys rescue camels from being put down in the outback, and turn their milk into incredible natural products and foods—and what better way to scope them all out than at a sunset tasting? Tickets are $40 and you can score them here.When: 3pm–7pm, Saturday 26 June Where: Summer Land Camels, Harrisville Find out more here.
Winter Harvest Festival
If you’ve only got time for one event, make it this one. This food festival is the best way to experience the tastes of the Scenic Rim, with stalls and cooking demonstrations from local farmers and outstanding chefs. Market stalls will allow you to get your weekly food fresh from the source, but of course there’ll be plenty of goodies that are ready to eat right away too, and live music to set the scene for a chilled day out.When: 10am–5pm, Saturday 3 July Where: Aratula Community Sports Complex Find out more here.
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