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Good food and wine will be flowing and firepits blazing this weekend as the Scenic Rim Eat Local Week (26 June – 4 July) raises a glass to its tenth year. Brimming with long lunches, gourmet picnics, farm-gate events, and winery dinners, the program has something for every couple dreaming of a Queensland country escape.
So, exactly where is the Scenic Rim? Point your compass south-west from Brisbane and you’ll find this bountiful, picturesque region stretching from Tamborine Mountain and Lamington National Park to Kalbar, Lake Moogerah, Boonah, and Mt Barney.
Billed as “your backstage pass to the farms, wineries and food stories of the Scenic Rim”, this is one of Queensland’s favourite winter festivals, with events dotted throughout the area’s rural townships and mountain villages.
Aratula’s Winter Harvest Festival on Saturday 03 July is sure to be a highlight (who doesn’t love a Tractor Pulling Competition?). But also on our list is the Locals Long Lunch at The Peak restaurant, Spicers Peak Lodge, a degustation-style Producers Dinner at Brookfield’s Wild Canary, and the Jamming with the Lambs jazz and dinner evening at Towri Sheep Cheeses.
Animal-lovers? Try sunset cocktails and vodka tasting at Summerland Camels (one of our faves) in Harrisville or take an alpaca for a stroll at Canungra’s Pretty Produce & Mountview Alpaca Farm. And if you’re touring Tamborine Mountain, be sure to stop by Witches Falls Winery for a delicious wine, cheese & cider tasting.
Keen to dodge the crowds and throw down a picnic blanket? Pre-order a moveable gourmet feast from the Picnic Real Food Bar and find your own slice of Scenic Rim paradise.
When & where: 26 June – 04 July.The Scenic Rim begins around an hour south-west of Brisbane.
Chance for romance: Book a last-minute stay (or plan a return visit) at one of the region’s romantic mountain lodges (try Spicers Peak Lodge, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, or Binna Burra Mountain Lodge), B&Bs, or glamping getaways (try Nightfall Camp).
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