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Celebrating food, farmers and the beauty of the Scenic Rim
Now is the perfect time to head to the Scenic Rim. With the weather getting cooler, warm up with some good old fashioned country hospitality. Launched in 2011, Eat Local Week gets bigger and better every year. Held from 29 June to 7 July, Eat Local Week showcases the food, wine and farmers of the region.
The fun isn't just for the adults. From farm tours to camel rides and carrot picking, there are plenty of experiences to amuse the kids these school holidays. Events span Tamborine Mountain, Beaudesert, Kalbar, Boonah, Harrisville and Aratula, allowing guests to experience the smorgasbord of fresh produce the region is known for.
With so many events to choose from, you may have difficulty deciding what to experience. Here is a list of six fun events to add to your calendar:
KALFRESH CARROT FIELD DAY
The Kalfresh Carrot Field Day is a highlight of the festival and tickets are selling fast. Kalfresh is Queensland's biggest carrot farm and children are invited to sit on tractors, chat to farmers, tour the factory and pick their own carrots. Bookings are essential. Tickets have been selling fast, however, there are still some single and group tickets available in the later time slots.
When: Saturday 29 June, 8.30am – 3.20pm Cost: $15 adults $12 students under 5's free Address: Kalfresh, 6202 Cunningham Highway, Kalbar Contact: 07 5410 7700, info@kalfresh. com.au Note: Please wear closed in shoes with good grip as you will get muddy!
BREAKFAST WITH THE JERSEY GIRLS AT TOMMERUP'S DAIRY FARM
Experience an intimate morning at the dairy with 6th generation dairy farmers for a full farmer's breakfast with fresh dairy and farm produce. Bottle feed the calves, watch the milking and feed milk to the pigs. Guests even have the opportunity to see the new creamery in action.
Pat the baby goats, hand-milk the big goats and learn all about the Naughty Little Kids' farm. Don't forget to try their delicious gelato and award-winning cheese. A picnic area is available and there will also be a sausage sizzle, coffee cart and a free jumping castle.
The Little Farmer Humpty Day at Summer Land Camels is packed with activities including camel rides, camel cuddles, face painting and crafts. Food is available for purchase. Bookings are required by 2 July. Please bring closed in shoes.
When: Thursday 3 July, 9am – 2pm Cost: $10, children under 3 free. Extra activities: Kids camel rides $15, junior cameleer experience $5 Address: Summer Land Camel Farm, 32 Charles Chauvel Drive, Harrisville Contact: 07 5467 1707, summerlandcamels.com.au
WINTER HARVEST FESTIVAL
The festival culminates with its signature event, the Winter Harvest Festival, on Saturday 6 July at Aratula. The Winter Harvest Festival is a celebration of food, wine and farming. Enjoy delicious produce, live music and cooking demonstrations. Don't miss the tractor pulling competition!
Tractor Pulling Competition
When: Saturday 6 July, 10am – 4pm Cost: $10 Address: Aratula Community Sports Centre Carter Rd, Aratula