Monday, 8 July 2013

A family event @ #Scenic Rim #Eat Local Week, WTF??

Now in its third year running, the Scenic Rim (40 min out into the foothills of the Gold Coast Queensland Australia) has just wrapped up its week long 'oorah' of local produce for 2013.

Featuring produce only sourced within 100 km of the Rim, there was found to be an abundance of all food pyramid sections.  Restaurants, vineyards & wineries, cafes, community centres & deli's showcased special events and long table paddock to plate community brunches

Participants indulged in veggie fritters with roast tomato and crispy pancetta, custard tarts with Mt Tamborine rhubarb ice cream, beetroot & chocolate muffins and more  Other activities for foodies included the Beechmont Zest Fest community markets stalls & product tasting opportunities, cooking demonstrations hosted by local Mt Tamborine Cooking School, Bush Tukka demonstrations at Binna Burra Lodge, Towri Sheep Cheese hosted farm tours and tastings, and DeliVino on Tamborine offered a complete 3 course menu designed around core local products as well as a tasting table of local products including local Rathlogan Olives, while barrel tastings & vineyards tours were available at Queensland Wine Centre & Normanby Wines

Local Rathlogan Olives
Organic produce farms were open for tours, & Mt Barney Lodge hosted eco activities making 'wild pizzas' (handpicked foraged native foods) cooked over hot coals and lemon myrtle tea whilst enjoying the camp fire; and what teenager doesn't enjoy playing with fire?? For the younger minded there were cooking classes,  Health Sense-sations Factory Tour & Tastings; a commercial kitchen specializing in vegetarian & gluten free foods. The Scenic Rim Robotic Dairythe first in Qld where cows are milked by robots, kicked off its official launch and Oliva di Tabragalba Olive Grove hosted tours & tastings for beautifully plump kalamata's & finest pure extra virgin olive oil.
Tasting Table of Local Products @ Delivino on Tamborine
The week of local foodie extravagance culminated in the Winter Harvest Festival; an authentic food festival that served up the Scenic Rim on a plate.The farmers were out with a sparkle in their eyes; you could wrap your lips around the food at many food stalls & buy their fresh produce.
A great Sunday family day out featuring tasting plates of cheese, antipastos & meats, live music, cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities, market stalls selling fresh local produce, Scenic Rim wine, milk, olives, cheese, jams, relishes and much more.

So to sum it up, for young and old, foodie or not there was something for every discerning palate.
Local Deli Relish
Links & Contacts

Cooking Schools & Food Kitchens;
Wild Lime Cooking School; Worendo, 97 Cedar Glen Rd, Darlington, Tel 1800 503 475
Tamborine Cooking School; 609 Main Western Rd, Mount Tamborine, Tel 07) 5545 4564/ 0421 087 901
Health Sense-sations; 3/3 Welge Street, Kalbar, Tel 07) 5463 9200

Local Wine Tastings & Tours
DeliVino on Tamborine 12 Main Western Road, North Tamborine, Tel 07) 5545 3343
Normanby Wines; 178 Dunns Avenue, Harrisville,  Tel 07) 5467 1214 / 0458 647 204
Queensland Wine Centre 104-144 Hartley Road, North Tamborine, Tel 07) 5545 1666

Kid Friendly Family Farm Stays
Lillydale Farmstay; 821 Upper Logan Rd, Mt Barney, Tel 07 5544 3131
Mt Barney Lodge; 1093 Upper Logan Rd, Mt Barney, Tel 07 5544 3233

Organic Produce
Poppi's Pantry/ Organic Shed; 64 High St, Boonah,
Oliva di Tabragalba; Biddaddaba Creek Road, Biddaddaba, Tel 5543 0547
Kalfresh Carrot Field; Cunningham Highway, Kalbar,
The Organic Shed; (Waywillanwy Farm) Cnr Milford & Boonah Rathdowney Rd, Boonah

Tasting & Tour Opportunities & Participating Restaurants
DeliVino on Tamborine 12 Main Western Road, North Tamborine, Tel 07) 5545 3343
Towri Sheep Cheese 206 Saville Road, Allenview,  Tel (07) 5543 1260
Oliva di Tabragalba 173 Biddaddaba Creek Road, Biddaddaba, 4275 Tel 0421337750
Scenic Rim Robotic Dairy 9023 Mount Lindesay Highway, Tamrookum, Tel: 1300 673 780
Rathlogan Grove  4 Upper Logan Road, Rathdowney, Tel 07 55441024

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