The Scenic Rim’s signature food and wine festival, Eat Local Week, will benefit from an $80,000 grant through the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
The funds will be matched by the Scenic Rim Regional Council, and will go towards the creation of an exciting new interactive platform that will enable consumers and visitors to the Scenic Rim to create their own food adventure, as well as to Volume 2 of the highly acclaimed Eat Local cook book.
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said the project would bring significant social and economic benefits to the Scenic Rim.
“The Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is the highlight of our local tourism calendar, it’s a great example of what we have to offer visitors. Particularly avid foodies who can enjoy our spectacular fresh produce and other unique delicacies,” he said.
“This project is also an investment in our local region. It will boost our local economy, create jobs and enhance our already vibrant community.”
Scenic Rim Mayor, Cr Greg Christensen, said that the new project would build on the success of the Scenic Rim Eat Local Week by showcasing, on a year-round basis, the producers, products, cafes and tourism operators in the region.
“The first facet of the project is a business accreditation system that will enable us to audit and then ‘hero’ those tourism and hospitality businesses which are producing, preparing and serving our wonderful local produce and products,” he said.
“The second facet is a user-friendly digital platform that will manage and showcase all of these accredited businesses and enable consumers to custom build their own local food experiences.”
“And the third component is the second instalment of the successful cook book, ‘Eat Local: Food, Farming and Conversation in the Scenic Rim’ by author and chef Brenda Fawdon and author, photographer and editor Christine Sharp.”
Eat Local Week is one of Queensland’s most popular and successful regional food events with long table lunches, degustation dinners, markets, wine tastings and farm tours on the menu.