More than 20,000 expected for Eat Local Week

FARMERS, producers, retailers and eateries in the Scenic Rim are being encouraged to sign up for the area's biggest celebration of fresh, locally grown food.

The upcoming Eat Local Week and Winter Harvest Festival are expected to bring more than 20,000 people into the Scenic Rim and Aratula areas.

Last year the annual event injected a massive $1.2 million in direct spending into the local economy.

This year's event will be held from June 25 to July 3, with the Winter Harvest Festival signature event to be held in Aratula on Saturday, July 2.

"Eat Local Week and the Winter Harvest Festival were a huge success in 2015 and have become an important fixture in the Scenic Rim calendar," a Scenic Rim Regional Council spokesperson said.

"Last year, participation exceeded expectations with nearly 23,000 visitors attending more than 50 events right across the region."

Eat Local Week showcases and celebrates the high quality food, wine and beverages produced locally in the Scenic Rim and recognises the importance of agriculture to the wider region.

"If you are a grower, producer, retailer, vineyard, brewery or any other business that grows, sells or uses local food products we encourage you to get involved in Eat Local Week," the SRRC spokesperson said.

"Throughout the week-long event, participants will indulge in the wide range of flavours and experiences on offer from fine dining, producer dinners, wine tasting, farm tours, bush tucker experiences and low-cost activities for kids, locals and visitors."

Expressions of interest are now open for businesses or groups wishing to serve up a local event in conjunction with the annual celebration of the food and produce of the Scenic Rim.

Application forms are available online at eatlocalweek.com.au and are due by Friday, March 11.

For further details phone 5540 5314 for Eat Local Week and 5540 5263 for the Winter Harvest Festival.



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