Your kids won’t have time to complain about boredom when they visit the Scenic Rim for the annual Eat Local Week Festival.

Between seeing cows milked by robots, picking their own carrots and cuddling a lamb while learning about sheep’s milk cheese, the kids will have a school holiday outing in the country to remember.

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is a popular food and farming festival that asks visitors to consider their food and drink choices and recognise the vast array of products available on their doorstep.

The Scenic Rim, with its volcanic soil, is a highly-productive region for a bounty of produce, including vegetables, beef, pork, poultry, honey, olives, dairy, craft beer and wine.

Eat Local Week runs from June 27 to July 5 and features an array of free and low-cost activities that are perfect for families and food lovers.

“Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is all about celebrating the farmers who produce the food and drink that we so often take for granted,” says Scenic Rim Mayor, Cr John Brent.

“I would encourage parents to bring their children out to the region, which is just one hour’s drive from the Gold Coast and Brisbane. This is a unique opportunity to give your children an authentic insight into how their food is produced and to meet the people behind that food.”

The full program is online and features many family-friendly events, including:
Farm Gate Festival in the Lost World – Saturday June 27
A celebration of food, art, environment and activity in this vibrant and beautiful region. Your hosts along the Lost World tourist drive are opening their doors to the public. This is your chance to enter the Farm Gate and try, buy, learn, taste and explore everything on offer including a Dairy Tour at Crebra Farmhouse, Farm to Fork experience at Tommerup Dairy Farm, Wild Lime Café, High Tea and more.

Farm to Fork on Tommerup’s Dairy Farm – Saturday June 27
Meet our farming family, learn about our 6th generation farm. Hand-feed animals during your guided farm tour. Enjoy your Farmer’s Brunch featuring our own gourmet sausages, bacon, eggs and delicious artisan White Gold Creamery cheese made fresh with creamy milk exclusively from our farm. Take home a hamper of our ethically raised meat products, eggs and produce as well as White Gold Creamery dairy delicacies from Tommerup’s Farm Larder.

Towri Sheep Cheese Farm Tour & Tasting – Tuesday 30 June
Visit this working farm to see a sheep milking demonstration, visit the lambs and sheep, tour the cheese room and learn about the differences between sheep, cow and goat cheese. Enjoy a tasting plate of delicious cheeses. A great day out for children and adults

Scenic Rim 4Real Milk Birthday Celebrations – Sunday June 28
Help celebrate Scenic Rim 4Real Milk’s birthday at our annual open day. Robotic Dairy and milk bottling viewing. Kid’s activities. Hot and cold food and drinks available. Milk, cheese and merchandise available for purchase.

Binna Burra Bush Tucker Tour – June 29, July 1 & 3
The Scenic Rim is made up of many types of forests, all brimming with foods and medicines that have sustained people on the land for 40,000 years. Hear from one of the Binna Burra Mountain Lodge guides, as they show you the range of bush foods you can find in the Scenic Rim.

Kids’ Kitchen Kapers with Kate – July 1 & 2
Learn about fun, healthy eating using local produce and pick up some basic kitchen skills with Scenic Rim caterer Kate Raymont. Eat what you cook and take home your recipes.

Brauer Organic Farm Tours – July 2 & 3, July 4 & 5
Adults and children will enjoy this tour of one of Tamborine Mountain’s most popular organic fruit and vegetable gardens. Go home with tips for composting, germinating and growing fresh, healthy produce.

Kalfresh Carrot Field Day – Saturday July 4
A fun day at the farm. See how we grow, pick, wash and pack carrots. Sit on the tractors, tour our factory and speak to the farmers about how they grow great carrots. Get muddy and pick your own bag of carrots.

Winter Harvest Festival – Saturday July 4
Eat Local Week’s signature event, the Winter Harvest Festival is an authentic food festival that serves up the Scenic Rim on a platter. Meet the farmers, taste the food, buy their produce. An exciting day out for the entire family featuring market stalls, tasting plates, live music, celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, kids activities and don’t forget the Kalbar & District Community bank Tractor Pulling Competition!