EATING LOCAL: Luke Shrimpton tucks into a Kalfresh carrot.
EATING LOCAL: Luke Shrimpton tucks into a Kalfresh carrot.

Visitors take a bite of the Scenic Rim

FARMERS were thrust out of the paddocks and into the spotlight at the annual Winter Harvest Festival in Aratula.

The event at the weekend marked the end of the fifth annual Scenic Rim Eat Local Week.

Organiser Genevieve Windley said this year's Winter Harvest Festival welcomed more than 7500 people to the region.

"Winter Harvest Festival is the signature event and we hold it to make sure everybody knows how fabulous the Scenic Rim is and how much food we grow here," she said.

"(We had a) fabulous crowd enjoying the winter sun with crowd numbers up on 6,000 last year."

Eat Local Week, held on the first week of the school holidays, saw record crowds attend on Saturday.

"While numbers are still being tallied, overall visitors for Eat Local Week look set to exceed last year's total of 23,000," Ms Windley said.

Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen said Eat Local Week was designed to help both locals and visitors learn about the outstanding array of fresh products right on their doorstep.

"Harvest Festival is the ultimate event in our Eat Local Week schedule," he said.

"It's a focal point for us to celebrate (the fact that) we live in a beautiful part of the world."

The mayor, who grew up on a farm in the region, said it filled him with pride to see visitors from all over south-east Queensland head to the Scenic Rim.

"We have incredible produce produced by wonderfully diligent, thoughtful and successful farmers," he said.

"The thing I like most is to see the joy on people's faces when they experience the products. It's all about people."



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