Scenic Rim Eat Local Month

Scenic Rim Eat Local Month


Posted 2023-04-24 by May Crossfollow

Thu 01 Jun 2023 - Sun 02 Jul 2023

The wonderful Scenic Rim Eat Local festival is back with a terrific new twist. It's no longer just a week of fun and indulgence. It is now a whole month-long celebration for all of June 2023. It was so popular that it has been extended to include 139 fantastic events. I was very fortunate to have been invited to the launch party at Towri Sheep Cheeses.

The month's activities include farmers' produce, chefs, growers, farms, cafes – all "flavour makers" who are showcasing their tucker. The local creatives display their country flair and fortitude with their paddock-to-plate offerings. I was delighted to try many of the delicacies from the 23 producers – either on a platter or in a glass. There are too many to name here, but I'll mention some of my favourites. In the interest of "thorough research" I have visited many of these venues over the years, and as my regular readers know, I have a love affair with the Scenic Rim and visit frequently. Have I mentioned that I love my job?

I'll begin with the hosts – Carolyn Davidson and her daughter Dallas who own Towri Sheep Cheeses . Carolyn's passion for cheese making was originally her hobby, but she has made it into an award-winning, hand-crafted business consisting of 300 acres and a dairy making sheep milk cheeses. Her long grazing tables for the launch menu were to die for. I sampled a canape called Towri Eweghurt Cracker with whipped spiced hogget whey and bacon as well as tasting from the Towri Sheep Cheese Board. All delish but my absolute favourite was the dessert: Milk Chocolate and Whisky Tart made with Eweghurt and topped with florals. Oh my – you know I adore whisky .

On arrival, I was offered a Gimlet Cocktail from the lovely gents at Cauldron Distillery on Mount Tambourine (where I used to live. I mean on the mountain not at the distillery, though a girl can dream). Now I am not a gin drinker, but they managed to convince me that I would still enjoy the gimlet (my first). And I did. It was a balance of tangy and sweet with a hit of fresh mint and citrus. No bitter aftertaste that I had previously associated with gin. Their boutique gin tastings were well received but I am really waiting for the release of their new whisky.

So onto the wine. O'Reillys Canungra Valley Vineyards and Barney Creek Vineyard were represented. I am very familiar with O'Reillys – both the resort and the cellar door at the vineyard, so I drank a glass of my favourite Picnic Bubbles, always welcome as a refreshing summery bubbly. They added some "caviar" from The Lime Caviar Company which made it even more special. The Scenic Rim Brewery had local ginger beer and ale tastings. As they say: "The beer from around here". Oh, and the non-alcoholic Towri Lavender Punch is good too (according to my designated driver).

A couple of other little delicacies I particularly enjoyed were the Saffron Pickled Garlic Eggs which were marinated in crisp saffron and garlic pickle topped with macadamia nut pesto and edible flowers; and Sweet Curried Picked Carrots in a delicate sweet curry pickle. So a big thank you to Moffat Fresh Produce, Tommy's Eggs, Elderflower Farm, Flutterby Gourmet Creations, and all the others who make the Scenic Rim foodie scene so memorable.

Simon Furley is a Scenic Rim Food Ambassador. I first came across Simon when he was a chef at Homage @ Spicers Retreat and was very impressed. He is now executive chef at Beechmont Estate. As he said of the menu, "If it's not from here, it's not on here." You can check out his creations and masterclasses during the . I hope that you have enjoyed this little TASTER of the month and don't forget to bring an esky with you in your car when you visit as I promise that you will want to take home some local produce, gourmet foods and gifts. Thank me later.

You can discover more details of the 139 activities on the official Eat Local Month website.

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!date 01/06/2023 -- 02/07/2023
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