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A feast for your senses awaits - just follow the signs
Calling all foodies! It's the time of year to forget your satellite navigation systems and follow the old-fashioned wooden signposts dotted around Mt Barney. Now in its tenth year, the annual A World Apart Festival continues to delight visitors with its delicious food and wine, inspirational art, soothing acoustic rhythms and of course, free "Taste of Mt Barney" samples.
Set amongst the dramatic scenery of the Scenic Rim, Mt Barney is an easy 90 minute drive from Brisbane. Held on the 27th and 28th May, A World Apart is the perfect day trip. Wind through lush back roads sampling delectable homemade fare while enriching your knowledge with free tours. This is one event not to be missed!
The four tourism operators who are opening their doors this year include Mt Barney Lodge, Pietro Pizza Caffe, Ridgeline Studios and Ayton Farm. Stroll through the rambling sustainable gardens at Mt Barney Lodge or listen to Acoustic Jet while enjoying a hearty bush tucker barbeque. Free guided bush tucker tours depart hourly. Caldera prize-winning artist, Therese Flynn Clarke, will be selling fiber weavings, jewellery and art. Working with ceramics, plant materials and mixed media, Therese Flynn Clarke's unique pieces reflect her passionate relationship to the natural world.
Pietro and Desley have made a name for themselves since the opening the Schonell Pizza Caffe at the University of Queensland in 1991. Now running Italian cooking classes from their Mt Barney property, Pietro and Desley are enticing guests on the World Apart Weekend with their minestrone soup, scrumptious wood-fired pizzas and gelato. Wander through their sculpture garden while savouring your free delicious sorbet, their "Taste of Mt Barney" sample.
Smoked Salmon Pizza
After lunch head onto Ridgeline Studios to appreciate Jeni Seale's art. Gaining inspiration from Mt Barney's magnificent surroundings, images range from flowers to rural landscapes, dilapidated buildings and country gardens. Blacksmithing will also be demonstrated. Follow your nose into the "Iron Bar" for a delightful afternoon tea of damper and billy tea. A filled lunch damper will be served between 12 - 2pm.
Ayton Farm owners, Rod and Kathy, are providing free farm tours at 10am, 12pm and 3pm where guests will have the opportunity sample produce. Don't forget to pack an esky as they will be selling fresh eggs and chicken.
Tickets to the 2017 A World Apart festival are free and can be downloaded from Mt Barney Lodge's website or collected from participating businesses on the day. A map and full details of the event are included on the ticket and you can go in the draw to win some prizes if your ticket is stamped by three of the four operators.
A World Apart is more than just a food and wine festival. Come and get lost in Mt Barney.