Food lovers celebrate region’s farmers at Aratula's Winter Harvest Festival

BOTTOMS UP: Shawnee and Colleen Johnson cool-down with a carrot juice beverage at the Scenic Rim's Winter Harvest Festival. More than 12,000 people walked through the show gates on Saturday, July 1.  Photo: Supplied
BOTTOMS UP: Shawnee and Colleen Johnson cool-down with a carrot juice beverage at the Scenic Rim's Winter Harvest Festival. More than 12,000 people walked through the show gates on Saturday, July 1. Photo: Supplied

THE efforts of Scenic Rim farmers to clean-up and get producing after the floods was cheered-on by patrons at Aratula’s Winter Harvest Festival.

About 12,000 people walked through show gates at the Aratula Community Sports Complex last Saturday, July 1, with the welcome mat also rolled out for Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

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While carrot juice drinks kept Shawnee and Colleen Johnson refreshed (pictured), baked treats, cheeses, hot foods and more were enjoyed by other guests for lunch.

The weather was mild, but it did not stop Naughty Little Kids owner Nathan Jackson from selling out of his goats milk gelato stock – about 500 single-serve tubs were gone by 2pm. 

“We sold double to last year,” he said.

Beaudesert MP Jon Krause described the turn-out as a rousing endorsement of the region’s agricultural sector, with Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen also giving his tick of approval to the Eat Local Week event.

“It is so exciting to see the event enthusiastically embraced by locals and tourists alike,” Cr Christensen said. 

“(Winter) Harvest Festival was testament to the hard work and resilience of the region’s producers to repair, rebuild and keep going.”

While eight teams competed in the Kalbar & District Community Bank tractor pulling competition, only four were awarded cash prizes in the adult division.

The Butcher Co, who pulled the 12 tonne tractor past the finish line in 20.23 seconds, won $1000, with $700 donated to Kalbar State School P&C after Kalfresh Vegetables’ took-out second place.

Women’s team Aqua Magic, who were also awarded best dressed, donated their first-place $1000 prize to Scenic Rim Aqua Fitness Centre, after recording a 43.81 second time.

Fit Up Women’s gave their second place earnings, $700, to the Aratula Community Sports Complex.

Boonah & District Community Kindergarten were gifted with $200 after junior competitors Gordon’s Grunters came first in their division, with team Falconettes donating $150 to the Fassifern Falcons Junior AFL Club.