Do you want to get your children outside and off the gadgets?
Grab your gumboots, jump in the car and head for the Scenic Rim for some school holiday food and farm fun!
From June 30 to July 8, during the first week of the Queensland June-July school holidays, the region will host Scenic Rim Eat Local Week.
As the name suggests it’s a week of eating local food, visiting farms, cuddling gorgeous animals, picking carrots and meeting the farmers.
Now in its 8th year, this annual event has grown to feature more than 90 individual activities, including 36 which are FREE, or cost less than $25!
“Scenic Rim Eat Local Week started as a way to connect consumers with the people who grow their food and that principle remains at the heart of the event today,” explains Scenic Rim Mayor Cr Greg Christensen.
“This is a delicious way to tour our spectacular region and have real and engaging experiences with the men and women who produce our food.
“Visit a dairy farm, pet the heritage pigs, take a class in sheep’s cheesemaking, taste the food, pick your own carrots, visit a camel dairy, and sit in tractors!”
The Scenic Rim is a lush and fertile region which borders the Gold Coast and takes in Tamborine Mountain, Canungra, Beaudesert, and Boonah.
Put these family-friendly events on your calendar:
Remember you will have to book for many of these events – get in early so you don’t miss out!
1. Tommerup’s Dairy Farmgate Festival – Saturday June 30
Visit this 6th generation dairy farm in the Lost World and follow the farm to fridge journey of your milk. Farmer Dave and Farmer Kay will introduce you to the cows, as well as their heritage pigs, chooks, geese and sheep.
2. Just Veg. Carrot Day – Saturday June 30
A popular day out on the Just Veg. carrot farm at Kalfresh Vegetables. The carrot washing factory tours are booked out, but you can still book a place to pick your own carrots.
3. Ladybrook Farm Cattle & Stock Horse Experience – June 30
Check out a real-life beef cattle farm. Watch how the Harrison family use a team of working dogs and their stock horses to herd the cattle.
4. Kids Bush Tucker Tracker @ Mt Barney Lodge – June 30, July 1, 3 & 7
Kids will be guided into nature with the Mt Barney outdoor leaders, to discover native wildlife, as well as taste native bush tucker where it grows wild.
5. Scenic Rim 4Real Milk Robotic Dairy Tour – July 2 to 6 and July 8
See the cows being milked by robots. Yes really. This automated dairy uses milking robots which let the cows choose when they are milked.
6. Beaudesert Gourmet Street Food Festival – July 1
Featuring some of Australia’s best mobile chefs to showcase food grown in the Scenic Rim region. The event is hosted by The Design Collective and will feature vintage stalls, live music and kids’ activities at Jubilee Park.
7. Binna Burra Bush Tucker of the Scenic Rim – July 2, 4 & 6
Katie from Binna Burra Mountain Lodge will introduce you to some of the local native bush foods at a free event in DJ Smith Park Canungra.
8. Cattle, Pecans & Polo – July 1
Visit the historic Bromelton House near Beaudesert for a day of cattle, pecans and polo. Learn about the Hays Converter cattle, tour the pecan orchard and cracking plant and settle in for an afternoon of international-class polo.
9. Green Lane Coffee Crop to Cup Tour – June 30, July 3 & 5
Here’s a tour for older kids who want to go beyond mum and dad’s morning cup of coffee. Take the crop to cup tour at Green Lane Coffee and learn more about where the coffee beans come from. Visit this Tamborine Mountain coffee plantation and what happens before the beans arrive to your kitchen.
10. Naughty Little Kids Goat Farm Open Day – July 3
Snuggle up to the baby goats, help Farmer Nathan with the feeding and try the goat’s milk gelato.
11. Tour & Taste at Summer Land Camels – July 4
Meet the camels, see the camel milk dairy and try all of the delicious camel milk products.
12. Children’s Cheese Making Workshop @ Towri Sheep Cheeses – July 5
School-aged children can learn and participate in a day of making their own sheep cheese to take home. A cheese platter lunch is included, as well as feeding and cuddling the baby lambs.
13. Picnic in the Paddock at Allamburra Organic Farm – July 8
You’ll love this Tamborine Mountain organic farm, where the chooks roam free. Meet the farm dogs, the chooks, the sheep and the resident peacock.
14. Winter Harvest Festival – July 7
Eat and drink your way around the Scenic Rim – all from one location.
Free kids’ rides all day, live music, plenty to eat and drink + cooking demonstrations and a tractor pulling competition!
15. Tamborine Mountain Street Food Festival – July 8
Featuring some of Australia’s best mobile chefs to showcase food grown in the Scenic Rim region. The event is hosted by The Design Collective and will feature vintage stalls, live music and kids’ activities at Staffsmith Park.