Mr BUCHHOLZ (Wright) (13:59): All members of the House would know quite well that all politics is local, and there is nothing more local and significant in my electorate than Eat Local Week in the Scenic Rim, hosted by the Scenic Rim Regional Council. Eat Local Week starts on 24 June and goes through to 2 July. It is hosted in the most iconic rolling hills of my electorate and is home to no fewer than 90 different eating and culinary activities, ranging from cooking classes with some of the top chefs in the country to farm tours through Kalfresh—and you should see the look on little kids’ faces when they are in the paddock and discover that, at the bottom of this weedy looking thing, when you pull it out of rich black soil, there is a carrot, and that that is where their food comes from, and then when we take them through robotic dairies; it is such an eye-opener for them.
This is a great way for us to showcase our region and to show the world and the region some of the product that comes out of our backyard. There are long lunches at O’Reilly’s vineyard, degustation dinners at Kooroomba Vineyard and tastings at Rathlogan Olive Grove, and of course we have got a couple of distilleries where you can often blow a couple of hours away of an afternoon just as you are swinging by!
Eat Local Week is now in its seventh year of celebration of the growers, producers and businesses who make up such an important and significant proportion of the Scenic Rim. Ladies and gentlemen of Australia, if you were lying in bed last night wondering, ‘What’s the best time to come to the Scenic Rim?’ the answer is: ‘Now!’
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