Top Eat Local Week school holiday activities

Put down those digital devices and step away from that screen. It’s time to explore – and savour – the world!

From June 29 to July 7, during the first week of the Queensland June-July school holidays, the region will host Scenic Rim Eat Local Week.

Week one of school holidays is the perfect time to go TECH FREE, and we have the perfect diversions for kids of all ages to ensure there’s no Fortnite-FOMO.

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. Go Nutty – visit Greenlee Farm for the Tour & Tasting day – 1 July

Macadamia orchard

Greenlee Macadamia Farm.

See what goes into producing Australia’s tastiest macadamias, and don’t forget to try the honey macadamia brittle! Hour-long tours from 10am, bookings essential.

2. Have an Alpaca Picnic at Mountview Alpaca Farm – 1 July

Alpacas on a lead

Mountview Alpaca Farm

See the joy on your child’s face as you share a picnic in the company of alpacas! Mountview Alpaca Farm is conveniently located within the grounds of O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard. Dine on a gourmet O’Reilly’s picnic hamper, do a wine tasting and of course walk a fluffy, cuddly alpaca on a lead.

3. Explore the Mini Markets at Christmas Creek Café – 29 June

Pop in and see Katy at the Christmas Creek Café Mini Market Day.

Purchase goodies lovingly prepared by the local community from a small selection of market stalls at Christmas Creek Café. While you’re there, order lunch from their menu and step outside to take in the beautiful scenery. Christmas Creek Café is open for lunch both weekends during Eat Local Week. Check out their Facebook page to keep up to date!

Jersey cow

Tommerup’s Dairy Farm.

Join 6th generation dairy farmers the Tommerups for an intimate morning at the dairy. Watch the milking, bottle feed the calves and feed milk to the pigs. See the new creamery in action, from the separating of the milk to the churning of cream to butter. Includes a full farmer’s breakfast with fresh dairy and farm produce.

5. Take the little ones to Little Farmer Humpty Day – 3 July

Girls feeding camels

Summer Land Camels.

Come dressed as a farmer! Your children will never forget this exciting and informative experience at Summer Land Camels. Entry includes kids farm tours, bag of feed, patting and cuddling the camels, story time, camel arts and crafts and face painting. Extra activities and food available for purchase.

 

Kalfresh Carrot Day.

Take your kids for a walk through carrot paddocks and pull carrots straight from the earth. Tour the factory, sit in the tractors, chat to the farmers and fill-up on some very carroty treats – carrot cake, carrot juice, carrot sausages and even some amazing carrot bread.

7. Mix art with flavour at the Play with your Food workshop – 4 July

Play with your Food.

Create your own Scenic Rim inspired artwork with visual artist and qualified teacher Nikki Malone. Explore different drawing and painting mediums and be inspired by the abundance of fresh local food in the Scenic Rim. Suitable for children aged 9 to 15. You will be able to take your creation home.

8. Learn all about bush tucker with Binna Burra Lodge – 3 July and 6 July

Bush Tucker Talks with Binna Burra Lodge.

Let Katie from Binna Burra introduce you to the abundance of bush foods in the Scenic Rim.

9. Find your own bush tucker with Mt Barney Lodge – 29 June, 2, 4 & 6 July

Bush Tucker Tracker.

Taste native bush tucker where it grows wild. This activity is hands-on and tastebuds-on, too!

10. Get the kids to make cheese at Towri Sheep Cheeses – 3 July

Meet the sheep at Towri Sheep Cheeses.

Give your kids a paddock to plate experience at the Children’s Cheese Making Workshop. They’ll learn and participate in a day of making their own sheep cheese to take home. Cheese platter lunch included!

11. Feed the animals and watch the sheepdogs at Albert River Wines – 11am, daily

Feed the animals at Albert River Wines.

Take a tour of Albert River Wines’ historic property. See their vineyards, grazing cattle and historic Queenslander homesteads, feed the animals, watch a live sheepdog demonstration and have a go at boomerang throwing and whip cracking.

12. Check out where coffee comes from on a Crop to Cup tour – 29 June, 2 & 4 July

Crop to Cup.

Receive an education in caffeination at Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation! Your child will be able to learn where your morning cuppa coffee comes from, seeing every step of coffee’s journey from ‘Crop to Cup.’ The tour gives hands-on insights into how the folk from Tamborine Mountain Coffee Plantation grow, process, roast, and most importantly – serve – their organic coffee, all on Tamborine Mountain

13. Do an olive oil tasting with the kids – 29, 30 June, 6,7 July

Rathlogan Olive Grove oils.

Do you have one of those kids who just loves olives? Head to The Shed Café to taste Rathlogan Olive Grove olives, infused oils, dukkah and flavoured vinegar. Look out for product specials on these days, and have a nice family meal in the café.

14. Explore the mini market day at Rathdowney Visitor Information Centre – 30 June

Mini Market Day at Rathdowney Visitor Information Centre.

If your kid loves to eat, this one is for you. Tuck into a local beef sausage sizzle and stock up on local goodies. There will be local jams, chutneys, home baking (cakes, biscuits, sweet and savoury pies), bread, produce, honey, olive oil, verjuice and 4Real Milk. A great family day out in the country.

15. Tuck into the Beaudesert Gourmet Street Food Festival – 30 June

Beaudesert Gourmet Street Food Festival.

Another one for the kids with good appetites! Put on your stretchy pants and try a bit of everything at the Beaudesert Gourmet Street Food Festival. Buy delicious food from dozens of street food vendors, enjoy live music and craft markets and relax away your food coma in the winter sun.

16. Tour & Taste at Summer Land Camels – 30 June, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 July

Summer Land Camels.

Let Summer Land’s professional cameleers guide you on a behind the scenes tour through Australia’s largest wild camel training centre and dairy operation. Meet the team and find out how they produce the worlds best quality camel milk, cheese, chocolate, gelato and skincare. The tour finishes with a selection of the delicious produce in one of Queensland’s most beautiful settings.

17. Got a budding cook? Bring them along to the sweet & sauerkraut workshop! – 1 July

Canungra Hub.

Maybe you’ve got kids who are keen on helping out in the kitchen. Bring them along to watch a demonstration and eat delicious and nutritious raw slices. You’ll also learn about the benefits of making sauerkraut.

18. Head to the Naughty Little Kids Open Day – 2 July

Naughty Little Kids.

Pat and cuddle baby goats and milk a goat by hand when Naughty Little Kids goat dairy opens up for the day. Buy goats’ milk cheese, gelato and soap. There’ll also be a coffee van, sausage sizzle, jumping castle and face painting.

19. Connect with culture at Mununjali Naidoc Family Fun Day – 6 July

Mununjali Naidoc Family Fun Day.

Get a kangaroo sausage sizzle at the food tent, and taste native foods. Enjoy healthy, affordable food sourced through local suppliers Heits Butcher, Beaudesert Bakehouse and The Big Pumpkin. There’ll be free rides, attractions, children’s activities, dance performances and cultural workshops.

Winter Harvest Festival.

This is a must-do! Features unlimited free rides for the kids, local produce to see, buy and eat and one of the best regional celebrations in the country. Meet the farmers, taste the food, buy their produce – don’t forget your esky! An exciting day out for the entire family featuring market stalls, tasting plates, live music, celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, kids activities and the Kalbar & District Community Bank Tractor Pulling competition!

21. Have a family lunch by Lake Wyaralong to top it all off – 7 July

Moda in the Vines.

Enjoy a delicious tapas and paella lunch prepared by Javier Codina of Moda Restaurant, and relax the day away with the whole family. Children’s tickets available, children under 4 get in free.

Find all of the Eat Local Week events and booking information online at www.eatlocalweek.com.au

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