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The famous Winter Harvest Festival is now a FULL WEEKEND; here’s why!

Scenic Rim Eat Local Month 8 mins read
The world famous Tractor Pull will stop the show! Can the butchers or the farmers take back the title from newcomers from Canungra Kokoda Barracks who won last year? It's a battle of strength, strategy and stamina and a must see!!

IT’S A TRUE HARVEST CELEBRATION!

Scenic Rim Eat Local Month’s famous Winter Harvest Festival is now a FULL WEEKEND!

 

MARK THE DIARY FOR THE FINAL WEEKEND IN JUNE!

 

It is  Eat Local Month celebrated in one glorious, flavour-filled day, and in HUGE NEWS, the Winter Harvest Festival, has a new location – the stunning village of Kalbar - and it’s now just part of a FULL WEEKEND of harvest activities!

 

The Winter Harvest Festival is the signature event of Scenic Rim Eat Local Month, where Food Ambassador chefs join growers, producers and flavour-makers in celebrating where our food comes from. There’s demonstrations, over 60 stalls and local shops to wander (listed below FYI), tasting and sipping stations to graze, the World Famous Tractor Pull (can the butchers or the veg growers take back the title after a shock loss to a newcomer last year😱), and there’s incredible new events, flavours and faces – plus of course, Moffatt's famous Carrot Ice Cream (did you know the Scenic Rim produces 600 million carrots a year and is the carrot capital of the country) and Carrot Tossing!

 

It’s a FULL WEEKEND from June 28 to 30 and an epic, flavour-filled way to end Scenic Rim Eat Local Month – here’s what’s new and what you need to know… plus more imagery here

 

The new Winter Harvest Weekend kicks off with a Friday night Winter Harvest Dinner at The Roadvale Hotel hosted by Scenic Rim Food Ambassador Chef Daniel Groneberg.

 

On Saturday June 29 it’s the day-long Winter Harvest Festival celebrating the joy of harvest produce with over 60 stalls and featuring the legendary Tractor Pull event alongside a wonderful new experience, the Celebration of Lost Culinary Arts.

 

On Saturday night it’s the Harvest Hoedown featuring the region’s country music star Laura Frank, and on Sunday, 5th generation farmers Valley Pride Produce will welcome foodies to harvest fresh, seasonal goodies on their farm at Harvest with the Farmer, and The Progressive Paddock will be hosted by Scenic Rim Food Ambassador Ash Martin in the stunning grounds of the Scenic Rim Farm Shop & Cafe.

 

WINTER HARVEST FESTIVAL - JUNE 29 (because there’s a LOT happening here!)

  • Foodies can enjoy demonstrations and talks at the Homestead Kitchen stage featuring Scenic Rim Food Ambassadors Alison Alexander, Cameron Matthews and Josh Lopez, along with ticketed classes at The Pavilion.
  • There’ll be live music with Lyric and Silk ‘N’ Oak at the Roots & Revelry Stage and plenty for the kids to do at the Sprouts Play Patch (fun and learning about farming and nature for littlies). For the bigger kids there’s the excitement of the Junior Tractor Pull Competition!
  • The Green Gatherings Grove is the spot to sit and enjoy the delicious seasonal dishes on offer.
  • Remember to bring an empty esky (or three!), pack the kids, rally your friends, and prepare for the ultimate farm gate experience – it’s an event that simply cannot be missed!
  • Hot Tip: If you prefer not to drive to the Festival, here are some coach tour options from Brisbane & Sunshine Coast locations.

 

Here’s just 12 reasons to BOOK NOW for the Winter Harvest Festival!

  1. Enjoy Moffatt’s famous CARROT ICE CREAM!  It’s the only time of year to try this 🥕🥕
  2. Take part in the super-fun Carrot Tossing thanks to Moffat’s Fresh Produce. Yep, it’s a skill!
  3. Hear from our Scenic Rim Ambassador Chefs Alison Alexander, Josh Lopez and Cameron Matthews at the Homestead Kitchen stage and from producers Kay Tommerup (Tommerup’s Dairy Farm), Paul Martin (Summer Land Camels) and Jaimi Pennell (Forgotten Sound Farm). 
  4. Scenic Rim Ambassador Chef Javier Codina from MODA is cooking his legendary paella 🤤
  5. The famed and beloved Tommerup’s Dairy Farm is celebrating 150 years of dairy farming in 2024 and will bring their multi-award-winning products plus some very special anniversary creations.
  6. It’s the launch of Farm Emporium, a Tamborine-based primary producer of herbs, spices and medicinal products grown and made with love locally  
  7. It’s the last chance to collect your 'Best of Scenic Rim' Farm Box’ just around the corner at the Farm Box headquarters 🧑🏽‍🌾👩🏽‍🌾🧺
  8. Recipes and food secrets held close for generations will be revealed for the very first time just down the road at the Celebration of Lost Culinary Arts
  9. The world famous Tractor Pull will stop the show! Can the butchers or the farmers take back the title from newcomers from Canungra Kokoda Barracks who won last year? It’s a battle of strength, strategy and stamina and a must see!! 
  10. Sip on the signature Winter Harvest Tipple – The Cauldron Kalbar Carrot Cake Cocktail with Christmas Gin 🤩 If it sounds a mouthful, wait until you taste it! It’s been created by the team at The Cauldron Distillery at Tamborine Mountain just for the event (quick fact: they are celebrating their third birthday ATM 🎂) and stars Carrot Juice (of course 😉), Cinnamon Syrup, Vanilla Syrup Christmas Gin and Walnut Syrup. Please enjoy!
  11. Your super fresh corn will be BBQ’d by the Kalfresh farmers who have grown it - it doesn’t get any fresher 🌽🌽
  12. It's a town takeover! The whole gorgeous town of Kalbar is hosting the Winter Harvest Festival!

 

WINTER HARVEST WEEKEND: Friday June 28 to Sunday June 30

All event and ticketing information is available here Winter Harvest Festival - Scenic Rim Eat Local Month

More information on the program of demos, workshops and performances is available here.

Book your tickets NOW, plus your accommodation, or day trips!

 

Winter Harvest Festival 2024 – here’s all the tastes and tipples:

With over 60 passionate growers, producers and artisans showcasing their finest offerings, it’s an unforgettable foodie adventure. Whether you’re seeking to stock your pantry with local treasures or simply revel in the joy of authentic flavours, come and connect directly with the heartbeat of the region.

 

Fresh Seasonal Produce

  • Forgotten Sound Farm – seasonal organic produce such as broccoli, cabbage, spring onions, radish, beets, carrots, Silverbeet & organic flower bunches.
  • Harry's Paddock - produce and potted herbs and vegetables.
  • Moffatt Fresh Produce – local, fresh produce, carrot ice-cream, chutney and fudge.
  • Scenic Rim Farm Box – meet the fabulous Scenic Rim Farm Box team face to face and find out more about the Scenic Rim home delivery food service. Fresh produce from Kalfresh will be available for purchase.
  • Valley Pride Produce – fresh farm seasonal vegetables and homemade products crafted from farm grown produce including  jams, chutneys, banana breads, jams, pickles, relish and infused beetroots.

 

Meat

  • The Butcher Co – visit their shopfront within the event footprint for local beef, lamb, pork and chicken. 
  • Tommerup’s Dairy Farm – milk-fed pork, cured meats – bacon, ham, kabana, and rose veal.
  • Grazing Girls – lamb & beef meat packs (for order only), pasture raised eggs and honey.

 

Locally Produced Provisions

  • Moshki – crochet baskets, tote bags, jute lanterns, tea towels and washcloths, reusable tea bags, and natural decor which brings a warm feeling to your home.
  • My Country Escape – selling picnic baskets, blankets, hats and a range of local produce including jams, pickles, relishes, olives, lollies, chocolates and seeds. Lydia’s Garden will have pitted colour and dried flower wreaths available as well.
  • My Mountain Farm – with a range of luxurious goat milk soaps, bath salts and milks including red wine bath salts infused with wine from Barney Creek Vineyard, and lavender products.
  • Pair Me With You – handmade soy candles, Diffusers, natural Soap bars, bath bombs, bath soak, bath & body products, lip balms all made from locally sourced produce.

 

Dairy

  • Summer Land Camels – cheese and charcuterie packs and skincare products.
  • Tommerup’s Dairy Farm – Jersey Girl creamery products including butter, cream, creme fraiche, yoghurt, cream top milk, ice creams, milk-fed pork, cured meats – bacon, ham, kabana, rose veal, pastured eggs as well as Harry’s Paddock produce and potted herbs and vegetables.
  • Towri Sheep Cheeses – sheep cheese and sheep milk soaps.
  • Ungermann Brothers Gourmet Ice Cream – handmade and created from natural fruits and flavours.

 

Pantry Staples

  • Bee All Natural – raw honey, creamed honey, infused creamed honey, honey based bath, body and beauty products.
  • Christmas Creek Produce – dried citrus and salt products.
  • Oaky Creek Farm – products made from farm grown produce including garlic salts, rubs & sauces.
  • Scenic Rim Lavender – all things lavender – teas, honey, jam, marmalade, syrup, cakes, soaps, oil & lotions.
  • Tracey’s Tucker Bag – artisan meal bag made with a selection of spices, beans, rice and lentils in a coloured sands style. Great for the slow cooker, camp oven and stove top.

 

Baked Goods & Sweet Treats

  • Areleah Chocolates – Rocky Road, fudge, peanut brittle, coconut ice, rainbow jellies, freckles and more.
  • Chokola’j – small batch chocolate and confectionery using locally sourced produce – roasted macadamia and lemon myrtle chocolate bars, Dried Olive chocolate bars, honeycomb, macadamia brittle.

 

Condiments & Specialty Sauces

  • Chef Dylan’s Gourmet Food Co. – seasonings and small batch sauces created on Tamborine Mountain using fresh local ingredients sourced direct wherever possible.
  • Flutterby Gourmet Creations – artisan preserves such as jams, chutneys, relishes, pickles, sauces, syrups and salt mixes – all gluten and preservative free.
  • Mrs Frost’s Kitchen – a range of delicious pantry goodies including jams, honey, sauces and chutney.
  • Scenic Rim Food Co. – a selection of olive oils, chef butters, local honey & readymade meals.
  • Sunflowers on Kents – a range of beetroot condiments, sliced bottled beetroot, vegetable powders, beetroot chocolates, and fresh vegetables.
  • Truffle Discovery Centre – truffle infused condiments – oils, balsamics, aioli, mustard, butter, sauces, salt and seasonings. Non truffle gourmet condiments – jams, chutneys, relishes, balsamics and sauces. Fresh, frozen and freeze dried truffles also available.
  • Vanbery Jam Co – rosella products including jam, paste, syrup, coulis and tea.
  • Wilde Foods – pickled warrigal greens, pickled warrigal greens & macadamia nut pesto, Davidson’s plum spicy sauce, dukkah and Pepperberry & wattleseed rub.

 

Flowers, Herbs & Plans

  • Comfrey Co. Boonah – locally grown and made comfrey salves.
  • Elderflower Farm – their famous fresh farm flowers, plus their wonderful products including flower sprinkles, Floripops, flower field honey and honeycomb, seed bombs, bath salts, flower seeds and edible flowers.
  • Farm Emporium – a herb and spice grower providing fresh, dried and apothecary remedies, teas and skin care products.
  • Sunflowers on Kents – bunches of locally grown sunflowers.

 

Wineries, Craft Brewers & Distillers

 

Ready to Eat & Drink

  • 2m8’s BBQ – American style BBQ including brisket, pulled pork, baby back ribs as well as rubs and sauces.
  • Cuppa-licious – coffee, tea, chai, hot chocolate, iced latte and milkshakes.
  • Dosa Delish – crispy savoury Indian pancakes with spicy potato masala, zingy samba sauce and coconut chutney and spiced golden chai tea. All gluten free, dairy free and vegan friendly.
  • Fire N Dough Wood Fired Pizza – Freshly made wood fired pizza using local ingredient toppings.
  • Kalfresh – BBQ'd Sweet Corn.
  • Moda Tapas Brasa Bar – delicious Spanish paella featuring Scenic Rim produce prepared by Scenic Rim Ambassador chef Javier Codina.
  • The Butcher Co – beef sliders, sausage on a stick (various flavours).

 

Local Businesses to Explore

  • 2m8’s BBQ – low and slow American style smoked barbeque menu
  • Country Soul Collective – cafe where you can enjoy a coffee and freshly made treats using local ingredients
  • Kalbar Country Bakehouse – all your baked good needs including breads and sweet goods
  • Kalbar Pharmacy – all your health care needs
  • Kalbar Traders – new, old and upcycled & vintage homewares
  • Lovett at Kalbar – cafe serving coffee and homemade baked goods and pies offering a menu of All Day Breakfast and Lunch options.
  • Nanny Lou’s Lane – stunning ladies fashion, beautiful handmade crafts and gifts, baby and toddler fashion and accessories, jewellery and more.
  • Royal Hotel Kalbar – your classic country pub offering a perfect combination of classic Australian pub offerings
  • SPAR Express Kalbar Supermarket – all your grocery needs
  • The Butcher Co – all your meat needs from local suppliers
  • The Emporium – an old-fashioned general stall with a range of beautiful homewares, garden ware, jewellery, art, clothing and skincare.

 

Winter Harvest Festival is proudly presented by Scenic Rim Regional Council, with support from Major Partner Moffatt Fresh Produce, and Supporting Partners Kalfresh Vegetables, Urban Utilities,Community BankKalbar, Queensland Hire, Brisbane Economic Development Agency and ABC Radio Brisbane. The event is also supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar. 

 

ABOUT THE SCENIC RIM: Since being named by global travel authority Lonely Planet as one of the hottest destinations in the world to visit in 2022, the SCENIC RIM in Queensland has continued to win accolades. Last year delicious. magazine named it in the top 10 places to visit in Australia and this year, Qantas Travel Insider has included it in the Hottest Places in the World to Visit (the only Queensland inclusion)! visitscenicrim.com.au

 

For more information, imagery and interviews please contact Kath Rose on 0416 291 493 or email kath@kathrose.com

 

 

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