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Winter Harvest Festival

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A celebration of food, wine and farming in the Scenic Rim
Calling all foodies - it's time to celebrate food, wine and farming in the Scenic Rim. The Winter Harvest Festival is the signature event at Eat Local Week. This festival is a relaxed day out for families and food lovers. Taste food, watch cooking demonstrations, meet the producers and feast on the gastronomic smorgasbord of the Scenic Rim's fresh produce.

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Launched in 2011, Eat Local Week connects visitors and locals with farmers and food producers. Held on July 2 at the Aratula Sports Complex, the Winter Harvest Festival offers the opportunity to eat your way around the Scenic Rim. Featuring suppliers, retailers and chefs from across the region and an amazing array of fruit and vegetables, wines, olives, cheeses and milk, this event is a foodie's delight.

Inside the sports complex, stalls, cooking demonstrations and samples such as sheep cheese, blue cheese, honey and fudge draw the crowds.

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Guests are lured outside with music, aromas and laughter. On the large expanse of grass, children have fun on the jumping castle and giant slide while adults feast on the delicious produce while enjoying the live music.

The delectable smorgasbord of food may include spanakopita and falafel wraps from Charlwood Organic Farm, wood-fired pizzas from Pietro's Pizza Café, pulled pork sliders from Nevendorf Farms and Lemon Myrtle and Garlic Chicken from the Wild Lime Cooking School. Lunch would not be complete without wine and the bar buzzes with activity.

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The Tractor Pulling Competition is a highlight. Teams of 12 attempt to pull a John Deere 12-tonne tractor 20 metres. Two competitions are held – adults and juniors.

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Tractor Pulling Competition

A Souvenir Harvest Bag is provided to the first 2000 adults through the gate.

If you love your food and wine, be sure to add the Winter Harvest Festival to your calendar.
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Why? Food and Wine Festival
When: 10am - 5pm
Where: Aratula Community Sports Centre
Cost: $10 adults, children under 12 free
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