Harvest Festival will satisfy your tastebuds

You won’t leave the Winter Harvest Festival hungry. That’s a promise.

This year Eat Local Week’s signature event features a virtual smorgasbord of hot and cold food and a packed menu of cooking demonstrations and producer talks.

The Winter Harvest Festival, being held at Aratula on Saturday July 4, features a bumper schedule of food-related activities to be presented across two stages.

QAGOMA Executive Chef and Eat Local Week ambassador, Josue Lopez, will appear on the Harvest Cooking Stage at 11.15am and 2.15pm, creating his butter poached crayfish, featuring crayfish farmed by Rob Hutchings at Aratula. At 2.15pm Josh will create a coffee and macadamia brittle dessert, featuring Tamborine Mountain coffee and macadamia nuts from Greenlee Farm.

During the day chefs Alison Alexander, Caroline Jones and Brenda Fawdon will also lead cooking demonstrations in salads, bread, cakes, preserves, beef and more.

In the nearby Festival Tent, a great selection of Scenic Rim chefs and producers will speak about their products and lead cooking demonstrations throughout the day. Some of the producers you will hear from are winemaker David McMaugh of Bunjurgen Estate Vineyards, Kate Raymont from the Wild Lime Cooking School, Sam Savery from The Royal Hotel Harrisville and Glynn Kelly from Scenic Rim Olives and Terri Taylor from The Tamborine Mountain Cooking School.

But that’s not where the food journey ends. This year the Winter Harvest Festival will feature more than 40 individual stalls selling a range of Scenic Rim products, including cheese, fresh vegetables, baked goods, jams, relishes, wine and organic produce.

Hot food will be sold by some of the region’s favourite food producers, including Bakers of Aratula, Neuendorf Farms, Aratula Butchers, the Lions Club of Boonah, Charlwood Organics, White Gold Creamery and Pietro Agnoletto’s Pizza. Choose from six coffee outlets, five craft breweries and five wineries.

The Winter Harvest Festival will be held at the Aratula Community Sports Complex from 10am to 4pm. Entry is $10 for adults and children under 12 are free. The first 500 adults through the gate will receive a souvenir Winter Harvest Festival bag.

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