WATCH: Farmers in spotlight at Eat Local Week launch
FARMERS traded their boots for bowties and headed into the city for the launch of Scenic Rim Eat Local Week at GOMA.
The annual nine-day festival celebrates the region's locally grown produce and features 55 events, from farm tours and wine tastings to cooking classes and produce dinners.
The launch, held on Tuesday night in Brisbane, included locally sourced wines and canapés made entirely from the region's fresh produce by Eat Local Week ambassador and GOMA executive chef, Josh Lopez.
"The bounty of world-class produce in the Scenic Rim is inspiring," Mr Lopez said.
"My goal is to enhance the uniqueness of seasonal local ingredients, present them artistically, but above all to serve them with respect. It is produce we should all be proud to serve and promote."
Eat Local Week culminates in a signature event, the Winter Harvest Festival, held on July 2 at Aratula.
On this day the region's producers come together to sell their produce and give residents a taste of the food growing on their doorstep.
The day features free kids' rides and activities, a tractor pulling competition, live music and cooking demonstrations by leading chefs.
The QT will be running profiles of the region's producers in the lead up to sixth annual Eat Local Week held on June 25 - July 3.