Feast at the Festival

Eat your way around the Scenic Rim on July 5 at the Winter Harvest Festival, an authentic food festival showcasing the delicious array of food and wine that’s produced in the region.

The Winter Harvest Festival is the signature event of Scenic Rim Eat Local Week, a week-long celebration of food and farming held from June 28 to July 6.

The Winter Harvest Festival is being held at the Aratula Community Sports Complex from 10am to 4pm. It will involve producers and retailers from across the Scenic Rim, food stalls, hot and cold food, live music, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations and the Kalbar Community Bank Tractor Pulling Competition.

The Tractor Pulling Competition is fiercely contested by community teams, attempting to pull a 12-tonne tractor over 20m in the fastest time. The winning team goes home with the coveted title and the $3,000 prize pool for their community organisation.

This year TV chef Alastair McLeod joins the event and will lead cooking demonstrations on the main stage, using a range of Scenic Rim ingredients.

“The opportunity to immerse myself as a chef in a food region such as the Scenic Rim is a wonderful experience,” says Alastair.

“I’m still mystified as to why Alan Cunningham wanted to know what was across that gap, my journey would have stopped here!”

The Irish-born, Brisbane-based chef is a familiar face in food circles, thanks to his work on Channel Seven’s Great South East and Network Ten’s Ready Steady Cook.

The Winter Harvest Festival is a fabulous family day out and a must for food lovers. Relax over a Scenic Rim beer, a tasting plate of local cheeses and fill your signature Harvest Bag with freshly-harvested produce.

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is now in its fourth year and is aimed at connecting consumers with the food and wine producers.

It’s also about encouraging consumers to think about the journey their food has made to their plate and celebrating the people who grow fresh food in the Scenic Rim.

The week features a series of free and low-cost activities, including farm tours, producer dinners, cooking classes, cheese-making workshops and a carrot field day.

Winter Harvest Festival Tickets are $10 for adults and children under 12 are free. It’s not too late to enter your tractor pulling team. Find out more at the website.

Eat Local Week and the Winter Harvest Festival are supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of a growing calendar of sporting, cultural and regional events throughout the state.

Go to www.eatlocalweek.com.au for the week-long program and to buy Winter Harvest Festival tickets.

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