Local Escapes

8 Ways To Eat Local At Home And Support Queensland Businesses That Need Our Help

By Sophie Hart
15th Jun 2020

A messy spread of cheese, meat, fruit, dips and other goodies lays on a wooden table.

If you—like us—have been missing the natural splendour and delightful eats of our surrounding regions since lockdown began, then you’ll be pleased to hear there’s a way to get a taste of Queensland at home. 

Whether it’s getting farm-fresh local produce delivered to your doorstep or ordering handcrafted gin online, we’ve teamed up with Tourism and Events Queensland to bring you eight ways you can eat local at home while supporting our local communities in need.

Scenic Rim Farm Box

This ‘farm to you’ grocery delivery is overflowing with all the best cheese, milk, meat, vegetables, fruit, coffee, wine and beer from the Scenic Rim, and you can get it delivered straight to your door. Scenic Rim Regional Council and Scenic Rim Eat Local Week have joined forces with farmers and producers to ensure we can still get a taste of the region while lockdown restrictions are in place but you’ll be stoked to know this isn’t just a temporary lockdown initiative, you’ll be able to stock your fridge with Scenic Rim goodies all year round.

The wooden boxes are fully-customisable, so you can curate it to your taste—but the hardest part is not ordering one of everything. We’re talking cheese and butter from Tommerup’s Dairy Farm, tasty beer from the Scenic Rim Brewery, juicy wine from The Overflow Estate 1895, double smoked bacon from The Butcher Co, finger limes from The Lime Caviar Company and fresh vegetables from Kalfresh Vegetables to name just a few. They’re currently delivering to Brisbane, Ipswich, Redlands, Logan and the Gold Coast, so no matter where you are, you can still get a taste of the good stuff at home. 

Summer Land Camels 

There’s nothing like fresh bread on a Saturday morning, which is why you need to set the alarm and head straight to Summer Land Camels for a toastie loaf in the Scenic Rim. Their sourdough loaves rise quietly over three days until they’re ready to be picked up freshly baked on Saturday mornings. Made with organic, stone-ground flour, Scenic Rim volcanic spring water packed with minerals, camel whey, and 100-year-old heirloom mother starter culture—it’s the perfect way to start your Saturday morning. You can choose between plain, rye and spelt, feta and olive, or caramelised onion. The loaves are $9.50 each but numbers are limited so get your order in to avoid missing out.

While you’re there, we also recommend stocking up on their Camel Milk Persian Feta to smother over your loaf and some Camel Milk Gelato for dessert. If you can’t make it out to the Scenic Rim but you still want to show your support, shop their camel milk skincare range from the comfort of your couch. Camel milk is considered a superfood and it boasts unrivalled moisture absorption, cell regeneration and collagen production properties. Get ready to up your self-care game with their natural skincare range here

Suttons Farm 

Usually, a day trip or weekender to the Southern Downs goes hand in hand with a lazy afternoon spent sipping crisp apple cider and downing a few slices of famous apple pie at Suttons Juice Factory and Cidery. But until restrictions lift completely, we’ll settle for getting their hand-picked and freshly-crushed apple juice and cider delivered to our door. Aside from their juice and ciders we highly recommend their apple cider vinegar, limoncello fruity liqueur, and their incredible assortment of farmhouse preserves like apple butter, pumpkin and tomato chutney, and tomato and apple jam. You can shop the full range here

Pomona Distilling Co 

This small-batch boutique distillery nestled in the Noosa hinterland specialises in artesian spirits made with a focus on quality, not quantity. Pomona Distilling Co is a story that’s been 40 years in the making for Master Distiller and owner Robin Yates and his passion for the alchemy of spirits goes way back to his days at uni distilling in the back of the chemistry lab while studying to be an Industrial Chemist. He’s a big believer in the notion that some things are worth waiting for which is why slow, careful consideration is placed on each step of the distilling process. He doesn’t believe in mass production but instead is focused on delivering only the purest of spirits matched with local native botanicals that capture the true Pomona Spirit—the hard-working farmers, the small business owners, the heritage and the community—and we reckon that’s certainly something worth getting behind. So if you’re a fan of handcrafted spirits and are looking to support a local business, you can add a few bottles to your cart here

Two images of a handcrafted pink gin bottle and a wine bottle sit on a table.

Witches Falls Winery 

Tucked away on Tamborine Mountain in the stunning Scenic Rim, Witches Falls Winery has been a long time favourite for boozy afternoons set to the backdrop of their picturesque estate spent sipping fine wines. Although wine tastings are off the cards for a little while longer their cellar door is still open for you to pick up a few bottles and an assortment of cheese to be enjoyed picnic style in their lush gardens. But if you can’t make the trip out, you can still shop their wine, cider, beer and cheese range online here. Producing three distinctive ranges of wine including the Granite Belt, Ferment, and Prophecy with each exhibiting unique styles and practices in viticulture and winemaking, we recommend trying all three.

The Crate Collective 

If you’ve been craving the fine dining experience of the Sunshine Coast, it’s finally possible to recreate that same feeling at home thanks to The Crate Collective. Noosaville caterer the Ohana Group along with Sunshine Coast fresh food producers Fraser Isle Spanner Crabs have teamed up to bring you gourmet goodies and premium products that aren’t normally available to the public unless you’re dining out. The delivery box is packed with next-level eats like steamed buns, Fraser Isle spanner crab, Mooloolaba Octopus served with rosemary, garlic and lemon, Apple Pip Catering Co.’s organic free-range chicken broth, a bottle of pinot gris and pinot noir from Even Keel Wines and so much more. The Crate Collective encompasses the true meaning of supporting local and sustainable products and businesses, so if you’re hungry for a boujee lunch and keen to support some home-grown businesses, be sure to place your order here

Buderim Ginger

Dating all the way back to pre World War I, Buderim Ginger has been a longstanding local business in Yandina producing everything from ginger beer and lollies to marmalade and zesty sauces. Although The Ginger Factory may be closed to visitors for the time being, you can still shop all their delicious ginger goodies online here. Our top picks go to their alcoholic ginger beer, dark chocolate, pear and ginger beer, and lemon and lime marmalade. But as soon as restrictions lift, be sure to get down to The Ginger Factory for a tour to see their live bee show (yes, really), and eat your way through all the free tastings. 

Granite Belt Brewery 

Found on 30 acres of lush rolling hills set beside the state forest in Stanthorpe you’ll discover Granite Belt Brewery. This countryside gem is a romantic spot to grab a local brew and glorious antipasto board takeaway and to be enjoyed picnic-style amongst the vineyards. Can’t make it out to the Southern Downs and Granite Belt? Their beers and ciders are also available for purchase online here, along with an assortment of seriously cool merch. Granite Belt Brewery is also home to a beautiful retreat with cosy cedar cabins, so if a romantic winter weekend getaway has been long overdue you best start planning your post-iso escape to Granite Belt now. 

Though we might not be able to pull up a chair at our favourite restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries across Queensland just yet, we can still get their drool-worthy eats and drinks delivered to our door or grab them takeaway to show our support. 

Ready to make your next weekend escape count? The Sunshine Coast, Noosa, the Scenic Rim and Southern Downs and Granite Belt need your help right now so we’re challenging you to support 20 Queensland businesses in 2020. Make the promise to stay home but don’t stay in—staycation the right way by getting out and visiting the towns and regions that need you the most, as soon as it’s safe to do so. Join our 20 For 20 Challenge here.

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by Tourism and Events Queensland and proudly endorsed by Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

Image Credit: David Vilches, Pomona Distilling Co, Witches Falls Winery

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