Kids get an appetite for the region's finest food
SCENIC Rim youngsters were taken on a journey from paddock to plate yesterday as a part of the Eat Local Week festivities.
Reuben and William Graham were among a dozen children who participated in cooking classes at Boonah Cultural Centre yesterday using only local produce.
The demonstrations this week are among a long list of events, including farm tours, tastings and dinners, to celebrate the region as a mecca of fine foods and wines.
Scenic Rim Mayor and third-generation vegetable farmer John Brent said Eat Local Week recognised agriculture as pivotal to the prosperity of the region, contributing more than $210 million annually to the local economy.
"Brisbane and Gold Coast residents may not realise that much of the food they consume was grown in the Scenic Rim, which is located just one hour's drive away," Cr Brent said.
"We are fortunate to have such fertile farming land closely located to the city, and tourism and agriculture account for more than 30% of the businesses operating in this region.
"Eat Local Week is a celebration of this industry and of the people who not only grow the food, but those who sell it.
"During the week participating cafes, restaurants and caterers are asked to make Scenic Rim food and wine a feature of their menus."
The event culminates on Saturday in the Winter Harvest Festival at Aratula Community Centre, where the region's food and wine producers will showcase their goods.
Tickets cost $10. For more information about the events on offer, or to book your spot at the Winter Harvest Festival, visit eatlocalweek.com.au
WINTER is the Scenic Rim's peak vegetable season for carrots, beetroot, pumpkin, lettuce and broccoli.
Avocados - March-January
Beetroot - June-November
Broccoli, cauliflower - April-October
Carrots - June-December
Corn - mid November-mid May
Green beans - November- December, March-May
Lettuce - April-September
Olives - April-late March
Onions - January-September
Potatoes - June-July, November
Pumpkin - May-July, November-March
Rhubarb - all year
Zucchini - December-April
WHERE TO BUY
Scenic Rim 4Real Milk: pasteurised, homogenised and non-homogenised Churchill Take Away and Drake's Supa IGA - Winston Glades
Scenic Rim Olives: infused olive oils and tapenades Boonah Markets or online at scenicrimolives.com.au
Carrots, Kalfresh at supermarket or fruit and veg store.
Gourmet carrot and beetroot: Kent's Produce Visit kentsproduce.com.au
Local beef, pork and sausages:
- Aratula Butchery - 6728 Cunningham Hwy, Aratula
- Scenic Rim Butcher - George St, Kalbar
- Elite Meats - High St, Boonah
Fassifern Valley heirloom tomatoes, garlic, potatoes, watermelon: Fassifern Valley Produce, Kalbar
Lettuces, micro salads, herbs and organic fruits and veg: Waywillanwy Farm - The Organic Shed, Cnr Milford and Boonah-Rathdowney Rd, Boonah. Poppi's Pantry, High St Boonah
Local produce and honey: Boonah Fruit Supply, Railway St, Boonah