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48 Hours in the Scenic Rim: An Eat Local Month Weekender

Eager to tuck into farm-fresh deliciousness at Scenic Rim Eat Local Month?

Then head west. Chock full of top-notch producers, this fertile expanse is a foodie’s wonderland. The best time to visit is June 06-09, when a flurry of fun-filled events comprise the festival’s western sub-region weekend. 

Here’s how to spend a decadent couple of days gorging on western Scenic Rim gastronomy during Queensland’s premiere foodie festival.

The Scenic Rim Western Sub-Region at Eat Local Month

A patchwork of pastoral paddocks punctuated by charming country towns, the western Scenic Rim produces Queensland’s best produce.

Farmers grow a buffet of top-quality ingredients in these alluvial soils, from beetroot to beans and capsicum to carrots. The latter is particularly prevalent. As Australia’s carrot-growing capital, local farmers harvest over 600 million per year. 

The Scenic Rim western sub-region, as defined by Eat Local Month, covers the towns of Boonah, Kalbar, Harrisville, Roadvale, and Mount Alford. From Thursday, June 06 to Sunday, June 09, the area will host a plethora of gastronomic events for the festival’s western sub-region weekend. It’s still worth visiting during other festival weekends; just don’t expect as much action.

Getting there from Brisbane takes an hour, and it’s about an hour and a half from the Gold Coast. Either way, the west is well within weekend road-tripping distance of both cities.

Friday, June 07

Take Friday off work and kick-start your weekend with an Overflow Estate 1895 Long Lunch. This renowned winery has earned a stellar reputation for serving top-notch farm-to-table nosh. How does slow-cooked beef cheek in red wine sauce sound? Or how about crème brûlée with Madagascar vanilla bean for dessert?

Of course, you’ll need wine to wash down your meal. As one of the best Scenic Rim vineyards, Overflow specialises in climate change-ready varieties like Tempranillo, Vermentino, and Montepulciano. And thanks to its enviable location by Wyaralong Dam, you won’t complain about the view.

Not ready to call it a day yet? Head over to The Bowl in Boonah for the Scenic Rim Twilight Markets. A leisurely arvo of artisanal knick-knacks, live tunes, tasty brews and barefoot bowls awaits. 

With a gutful of gourmet goodness, check into your accommodation to relax and digest. We’re massive fans of Mount French Lodge, a charming country retreat hidden in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. Sweeping mountain views encircle the sleek contemporary estate, best admired from its ultra-lux infinity pool. Travelling with a crew? Exclusive group bookings let you snag the whole property for yourself.

If you have the luxury of adding Thursday (June 06) to your itinerary, Blume Restaurant will hold its coveted Guest Chef Series luncheon. The event combines the culinary expertise of Scenic Rim Food Ambassador Jack Stuart and Jimmy Richardson from Brisbane’s Gerard Bistro. Subsequent Guest Chef Series events will take place on June 13 and June 20.

French Lodge Estate

Saturday, June 08

Australia’s largest camel farm is an excellent Saturday morning option. With help from the Pickling Project, Summer Land Camels will host the Fermented Food Festival, a family-friendly foodie bonanza showcasing our region’s finest fermented fare. Whether you’re a seasoned fermenter or just enjoy sourdough and beer, you won’t want to miss it. 

For road trippers with little ones in tow, Edible Flower Picking and Cupcake Decorating is another solid Saturday morning contender. The kids will adore handpicking technicoloured petals and adorning delicious oven-baked treats. 

The icing on the cake? You can devour the end product on-site or take it home as an edible souvenir. The event occurs at Elderflower Farm, a fab farm shop selling all sorts of cute artisanal bric-à-brac. But get in quick; this one is selling out fast.

Now you’ve cake-decorated up an appetite, it’s time for a feed. Kalbar-BQ Gourmet Country Long Lunch entails a flame-grilled two-course barbeque menu with a welcome drink and canapés. Live tunes, line dancing, and social lubricants (AKA drinks) keep this shindig humming into the late afternoon.

Not that into barbeque meat? On Saturday evening, Scenic Rim Food Ambassador Daniel Groneberg will cook up an epic six-course feast for the Roadvale Degustation Dinner. Set in the Scenic Rim’s oldest gastropub, this paddock-to-plate extravaganza showcases homegrown flavours from Roadvale, Kalbar, and Peak Crossing.

For a cheeky sunset tipple, hit up Scenic Rim Brewery. Top-tier beers and stunning mountain views make this charming country-style joint a great spot to imbibe. While it’s not running this weekend, their Lunch and Beer Banter with the Brewer get-together is a must for ale aficionados in the western sub-region. 

Sunday,  June 09

Sunday is all about family-friendly on-farm experiences. 

Fancy meeting a few gentle giants? Check out Farm Tour and Taste at Summer Land Camels. This intriguing, behind-the-scenes exposé provides insight into our little-known camel dairy industry. Top off the tour with a camel-kissing selfie and a taste of the farm’s award-winning dairy products. Summer Land also makes the world’s first (and probably only) Camel Vodka. We recommend having a nip before posing for your camel kiss. 

Over at Valley Pride Produce, Harvest with the Farmer lets you and your family handpick fresh produce on a fifth-generation working farm. Another wholesome agriculture experience is the Heritage Poultry Open Day. Here you can observe pasture-raised poultry farming in action and purchase produce straight from the source. 

Start cruising back to the city or indulge in another decadent Eat Local Month experience.

Sutherland Camels

Biting into 2024’s Eat Local Month

Blessed with abundant agricultural lands and fertile alluvial soil, the western Scenic Rim is among Queensland’s top food-growing regions. So get out there and make the most of this epicurean wonderland this June for Eat Local Month.

Need a hand planning your foodie escapades? Take a squizz at the official program or browse a region-by-region festival breakdown.

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