Bring your kids to the Scenic Rim these school holidays to be part of the Eat Local Week fun.
Eat Local Week is a celebration of farming, food and eating local and runs during the first week of the school holidays from June 28 to July 6.
The event features free and low-cost activities right across the region, including farm tours, kids’ cooking classes, bush tucker excursions, wild pizza foraging and the signature event, the Winter Harvest Festival on Saturday July 5.
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week encourages food lovers of all ages to get to know their local farmer, to think about the journey their food has made from paddock to plate and to source in-season food from suppliers close to home.
The Scenic Rim is a fertile region, one hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, where the rich volcanic soil sustains a range of products, including vegetables, beef, pork, chicken, jams, wines, olives and cheese.
Put these family-friendly events in your diary:
Lost World Farmgate Festival
Saturday June 28
Producers in the beautiful Lost World Valley will offer produce for sale, farm tours, cooking classes, a pop-up café and workshops.
8am to 4pm, Lost World Tourist Drive.
Find out more www.farmgatefestival.org
Scenic Rim 4Real Milk 1st Birthday Celebration
It’s been one year since the launch of Scenic Rim 4Real Milk, join in the celebrations from 9am to 3pm on Saturday June 28.
See the cows being milked by robots, watch the milk being bottled, enjoy live music, food and drinks.
Find out more www.scenicrim4realmilk.com.au
June 28, 9.30am to 4pm
Join the Beechmont community for their 5th annual community festival, featuring local food, wine and market stalls.
The Hall on Graceleigh, 1922 Beechmont Rd, Beechmont
Greenlee Farm Tour & Tasting
June 28 and July 2
Walk through the macadamia orchard, learn how the nuts are processed and taste the finished product.
Starts 10am, 45 Rymera Rd, Canungra. Also on July 2.
Entry $10 or $25 for a family.
Find out more www.greenleefarm.com.au
Mt Barney Lodge Wild Pizza
June 28, 5pm to 7.30pm
Make your own camp oven pizza over an open fire. This hands-on activity for teenagers starts by foraging for native ingredients for the pizzas. Experienced outdoor leaders will help cook the pizzas over the camp oven and brew lemon myrtle billy tea.
Cost is $25. Suited for people aged 13 to 17 years.
Kids’ Kitchen Kapers with Kate
July 1 & 3
Join Kate Raymont in the kitchen to learn about fun, healthy eating using Scenic Rim produce. Eat what you cook and take home your recipes.
Cost $12pp. For children 8 to 12 years
Book at www.livetthecentre.com.au
Eco Rangers Bush Tucker Excursion
June 28, 9am to noon, 5.30pm to 8pm daily
The O’Reillys Eco Rangers program is a creative way for children aged four to 14 to take a bush tucker excursion and visit the botanic gardens and national park to discover a world of edible and healing plants.
Cost $15 to $20.
Bush Tucker of the Scenic Rim
June 30, July 2 and 4 at 11am
The Scenic Rim’s forests are brimming with foods and medicines that have sustained people on the land for 40,000 years. Let one of the guides from Binna Burra Mountain Lodge show you some of the rich bounty that the Scenic Rim has to offer
Free event, held at DJ Smith Park, Kidston St Canungra
Towri Sheep Cheeses
July 2 – 10.30am – 2pm
Visit the sheep farm, walk a milking demonstration, feed the lambs, visit the cheese room and taste the finished product.
$20 for adults, $10 for children under 14.
Kalfresh Carrot Field Day
July 5 – 8.30am – 11am
Meet the Kalfresh carrot farmers, tour the washing and packing factory, sit in the tractors and learn how we grow great carrots. Get your hands dirty when you pick your own bag of carrots to take home.
$5pp or $10 for a family (includes bag of pre-packed carrots and sausage sizzle)
6202 Cunningham Highway, Kalbar.
Winter Harvest Festival
July 5 – 10am – 4pm
An authentic food festival, which serves up the Scenic Rim on a plate. Meet the farmers, taste the food, buy their produce. An exciting day out for the entire family featuring market stalls, tasting plates, live music, cooking demonstrations by TV chef Alastair McLeod, and the Kalbar & District Community Bank Tractor Pulling competition!
This year’s event features a FREE super slide, jumping castle and giant games for kids, as well as a new Junior Tractor Pulling competition. There’s a prize pool of $3000 up for grabs for your community or school group, plus a prize for the best-dressed team.
$10 adults/children under 12 free at the Aratula Community Sports Complex, Carter Rd, Aratula
Book online at www.eatlocalweek.com.au or the Box Office at the Boonah & Beaudesert Cultural Centres
Just Past the Solstice Farm Tour
June 28 and July 5
2 School Road, Tamborine Mountain
Tour this outstanding organic garden and learn about traditional and seasonal agriculture.
A free event. Booking essential. SMS your interest to 0423 679 110
Market Day at the Organic Shed
Sunday July 6, 9am to 1pm
Visit the Organic Shed for local, organic food, produce and artisan stalls.
Fre event. Milford Rd Dugandan
Download the full Eat Local Week schedule at www.eatlocalweek.com.au