The 2018 Winter Harvest Festival, Eat Local Week’s signature event, will be the biggest yet – with more than 65 market stalls, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, carrot clarinet workshops, and a smorgasbord of local food and wine to try.
The Harvest Festival will be staged on Saturday, July 7 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 and the tractor pulling competition.
Scenic Rim Mayor, Cr Greg Christensen, says the event literally brings the entire region to one location for a day of eating and drinking local.
“The Winter Harvest Festival is an amazing celebration of the incredible bounty of produce which grows, and is made, in the Scenic Rim,” he says.
“It’s a relaxed, enjoyable day in stunning scenic surrounds. Visitors can eat their way around the region from one location, buy produce, cheese, olives, wine and craft beer direct from the makers and growers and learn a little bit more about the Scenic Rim’s vibrant farming sector.”
This year’s festival features more than 65 market stalls, selling everything from local vegetables to crayfish, cheese, olives, relishes and jams, honey, camel milk products, carrot ice-cream, beer, and wine.
A highlight is set to be workshops led by Queensland musician Linsey Pollak, who is renowned for transforming the humble carrot into a melodic musical instrument. Watch him create a Carrot Clarinet
He will lead two workshops in the Just Veg. Carrot Central tent, showing participants how to make their own carrot clarinet. Linsey will also give two performances on the main stage, making and playing his carroty instrument.
There will be live music all day, performed by local band The Bandoliers, and the popular Haystack Mountain Hermits.
The Queensland Urban Utilities water-filling station will return, together with the QUU Water Warriors, who will perform on stage.
Celebrity chef cooking demonstrations will be run throughout the day, led by MasterChef 2017 runner-up Ben Ungermann, Wild Canary executive chef Glen Barratt and EAT LOCAL Book co-author Brenda Fawdon.
Ben Ungermann will also have a stand, selling his unique Scenic Rim Eat Local Week ice-creams and sorbets, made with local beer, tomatoes, carrots, blue cheese and finger limes.
Queensland’s leading food authority 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.
The first 1000 people through the gate will be given a free reusable Eat Local Week shopper bag, perfect to fill with local goodies.
There will be plenty to see, do and try – here’s a taste of what’s on offer
- There will be nine coffee vendors
- You can choose from 14 hot food vendors
- Local beef, pork and lamb will be available, including locally-raised beef from The Butcher Co.
- 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.
- edeen.tea blends will be selling their range of spray-free tea, featuring ingredients grown down the road on their Aratula farm. Now that is local! Try the citrus, turmeric, ginger and cracked black pepper teas
- Did someone say beer? Sample the Scenic Rim craft beers from Scenic Rim Brewery, Fortitude Brewery, and Beard & Brau Farmhouse Brewery
- Wine more your drink of choice? We have plenty of that too. Taste the wines from Flinders Peak Winery, O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, Barney Creek Estate and Normanby Wines
- Flinders Peak Winery will also be selling a selection of their locally-made wines, as well as their milk & honey vodka collaboration with Summer Land Camels.
- Prefer something non-alcoholic? Try the grape juice and the verjuice from Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard
- Blacksmith Smokers will be selling smoked meats from The Butcher Co., including smoked brisket burgers and beef & pork ribs, featuring Kooroomba Gully sauces
- Bahukara will be selling their popular curry in a jar
- Get in early for the woodfired pizzas, topped with Scenic Rim ingredients
- Got a sweet tooth? Arthur Clive’s Bakehouse will satisfy your hunger with their cupcakes, slices, pies and bread
- Bring the esky and stock up on local, just-caught crayfish from Freshwater Australian Crayfish Traders
- 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, vegetarian and vegan 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.
- 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:
- The Queensland Urban Utilities Water Warriors
- Carrot Clarinet workshops and performances by Linsey Pollak
- Live performances by The Bandoliers and the Haystack Mountain Hermits
- Cooking demonstrations by Scenic Rim regional food ambassadors Brenda Fawdon, Ben Ungermann and Glen Barratt
- Face painting
- Free kids’ rides all day
- Tractor Pulling Competition
- Kids’ Corner activities
- Just Veg. Carrot Central
- Hay Maze
PRODUCE, MEAT & CHEESES
Canungra Visitor Information Centre
Freshwater Australian Crayfish Traders
PRESERVES & BAKED GOODS
Ants Fruit Market
READY TO EAT FOOD
Lions Club of Boonah
Rotary Club of Fassifern
ICE CREAM / GELATO
Lemon Lovers Gelato
Moffats Fresh Produce
Naughty Little Kids
Summer Land Camels
Arthur Clive’s Family Bakehouse
Made with Love Mobile Coffee
Roadside Coffee Shop
Pots of Produce
All Saints School P & C
Break the Cycle Boonah
Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard
Scenic Rim 4Real Milk
Fill up your water bottle throughout the day at the Queensland Urban Utilities hydration stations!
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