Food lovers everywhere will know of that festival of incredible edibles called Eat Local Week – an annual celebration of the food, wine, beer and other delights of the Scenic Rim.
Well, now you can Eat Local every week of the year – thanks to a new tourist campaign – opening the doors to culinary experiences year-round in this bountiful region, just an hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
More than 58 local farmers, providores and artisan producers have been dubbed “accredited locavores.” As you drive through the Scenic Rim, keep an eye out for the logo and you’ll find it easy to track down, taste, buy and connect with the best of the Scenic Rim.
Among the genuine local producers featured in the campaign is David McMaugh of Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard, 10 kilometres south of Boonah. David is a boutique maker of wines and fortified drops – but his range also includes non-alcoholic grape juice and verjuice.
If beer is more your tipple, head to Scenic Rim Brewery in the little town of Mount Alford. Mike Webster is the master-brewer – and he’s created a range of beer with names that reflect a love of larrikin characters.
There’s Shazza, Digga, GED (ginger extra dry), Fat Man, Giddy Gout and the colourfully-named Phar Que.
The brewery is housed in what used to be the town’s general store – a century-old building filled with character and original features, including floor-to-ceiling shelves now stocked with wares from artisan food producers across the region.
Among the culinary goodies, you’ll find a delicious range of condiments from Kooroomba Gully – created by Caz Osborne. Caz has even collaborated with Mike to create two sauces starring Scenic Rim beer. She’s deeply passionate about using local, chemical-free product in all her products.
Glynn and Barbara Kelly are just as passionate about their contribution to the Scenic Rim’s delectable comestibles. The pair own Scenic Rim Olives, just north of Boonah.
Visitors can wander through the silvery groves and sit down to a tasting plate of table olives and infused olive oils. Glynn and Barbara also offer guest accommodation at The Grove – a beautifully furnished guest-house that overlooks the Scenic Rim’s serene mountains and the olive farm.