The 2019 Winter Harvest Festival, Eat Local Week’s signature event, will be the biggest yet – with more than 70 market stalls, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, food-themed fashions on the field and a smorgasbord of local food and wine to try.
The Winter Harvest Festival will be staged on Saturday, July 6 at the Aratula Community Sports Complex.
Gates open at 10am and tickets are available at the gate (adults $10, children under 12 are free). Remember the first 1000 people through the gates receive a free reusable Winter Harvest Festival souvenir shopping bag.
The fun runs through until 4pm with a packed schedule of food, drink, cooking demonstrations, kids’ rides and activities, live music, fashions on the field and the tractor pulling competition.
This year’s festival features more than 70 market stalls selling everything from local vegetables to eggs, cheese, olives, relishes and jams, honey, camel milk products, carrot ice-cream, beer, and wine.
Fashions on the Field
For the very first time the Winter Harvest Festival will have a Fashions on the Field competition.
Come dressed in your very best food-inspired outfits (remembering the focus must be on food and drinks produced locally in the Scenic Rim) and model it on the catwalk for all to see!
The winner will get $250 prize money, and there’ll also be a special judges award of $150, so put your best foodie foot forward and dress to impress!
There will be live music all day, performed by local musicians Ross Weber and Dilly.
The Queensland Urban Utilities water-filling station will return so remember to BYO water bottle and stay hydrated, because all this eating is thirsty work!
Celebrity chef cooking demonstrations will be run throughout the day, led by Scenic Rim Regional Food Ambassadoers:
- MasterChef 2017 runner-up Ben Ungermann,
- Spicers Hidden Vale’s Ash Martin
- Wild Canary’s Glen Barratt, and
- Richard Ousby.
Ungermann Brothers will also have a stand, selling Ben’s unique Scenic Rim Eat Local Week ice-creams and sorbets, made with local beer, finger limes, carrots and more.
Queensland’s leading food authority, and Scenic Rim Regional Food Ambassador Alison Alexander will be MC, sharing her food and farming insights.
The popular, and hotly contested Kalbar & District Bendigo Community Bank Tractor Pulling Competition will return. Teams of men, women, and children will test themselves against heavy commercial-scale tractors, competing for the glory and for funds for their community and sporting groups. Find out more including registration forms here.
There will be plenty to see, do and try – here’s a taste of what’s on offer:
- There will be seven coffee vendors
- You can choose from 16 hot food vendors
- Local beef, pork and lamb will be available, including locally-raised beef from The Butcher Co, Running Creek Beef & Fassifern Valley Foods
- Choose from FIVE ice-cream & gelato vendors – Ungermann Brothers, Lemon Lovers Gelato, Summer Land Camel Farm’s gelato, Moffatt Fresh Produce carrot ice-cream and Naughty Little Kids goat’s milk gelato
- Don’t miss The Boonah Lions amazing hand-cut potato chips
- We have all the cheese. Try cheese made from sheep, camel, goat and cow milk, from Summer Land Camel Farm, Towri Sheep Cheese, Naughty Little Kids and Pure Artisan Cheese
- Yes there will be vegetables! Look out for Valley Pride Produce, Moffatt Fresh Produce and Peak Veggie Patch, who will all be selling fresh, locally-picked produce.
- We’re stuck on our local honey and you will be too.
- Did someone say beer? Sample the Scenic Rim craft beers from Scenic Rim Brewery, Fortitude Brewery, and 4Hearts Brewing.
- Wine more your drink of choice? We have plenty of that too. Taste the wines from O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, The Overflow Estate 1895, Sarabah Estate Winery and Witches Falls Winery.
- Prefer something non-alcoholic? Moffatt Fresh Produce will have carrot juice!
- 2m8’s BBQ & VUE Events will be selling smoked meats, including brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs and featuring plenty of authentic local flavours from the likes of Butcher & Co, Running Creek Beef, Neuendorf Farming, Summer Land Camels. There’ll even be a vegetarian option – pulled jackfruit!
- Purchase delicious Scandinavian sweets and pastries from local food artisan Flemming Jakobsen at the Nordic Cuisine food truck
- Get in early for the woodfired pizzas, topped with Scenic Rim ingredients
- Got a sweet tooth? Arthur Clive’s Bakery Cafe will satisfy your hunger with their cupcakes, slices, pies and bread
- Bring the esky and stock up on local meat products from the likes of Running Creek Beef, Butcher & Co and Summer Land Camels
- Try the native bush ingredients grown on Tamborine Mountain by Wilde Foods
- Your pantry will be bursting with Scenic Rim relishes, chutneys and jams
- There will be of gluten-free and vegetarian food options too
The Important Stuff
- Tickets are available online or at the gate – bring your friends.
- Adults are $10, children under-12 FREE.
- The event runs from 10am to 4pm.
- Bring your own water bottle for free all-day water top ups from Queensland Water Utilities!
- Make sure you bring a cooler for your purchases and a shopping bag.
- There are free rides for kids all day and the Winter Harvest Festival is an all-weather event.
- There’s plenty of parking, check out the site map.
- Sorry, no pets or animals allowed.
- EFTPOS facilities are available on site but it’s a good idea to bring cash as well.
Be Entertained! There will be absolutely no time for the kids to complain about being bored. The bursting entertainment schedule includes:
- Live music from Ross Weber & Dilly
- Cooking demonstrations by Scenic Rim regional food ambassadors Ben Ungermann, Glen Barratt, Ash Martin and Richard Ousby
- Food-themed fashions on the field
- Face painting
- Free kids’ rides all day
- Tractor pulling competition
- Kids’ corner activities
- Kalfresh Veggie Central
- Hay maze
PRODUCE, MEAT & CHEESES
Truffle Discovery Centre
PRESERVES, BAKED GOODS & ARTISAN PRODUCTS
READY TO EAT FOOD
ICE CREAM / GELATO
All Saints School P & C
Moffatt Fresh Produce – carrot juice
Fill up your water bottle throughout the day at the Queensland Urban Utilities hydration stations!
Special thanks to our major supporters:
Scenic Rim Regional Council, Kalfresh Vegetables, Queensland Urban Utilities, Tourism and Event Queensland the Kalbar & District Community Bank, Beaudesert Mazda and Heubner Toyota, Moffatt Fresh Produce and The Courier Mail.