BUSINESSES will open their gates and invite people into their backyards next weekend for the A World Apart festival.
Mount Barney’s biggest festival of the year will give visitors a taste of local produce and an insight into the beauty of the region.
Held on May 27 and 28, four destinations will open their doors and provide a variety of free tastings, tours and displays, including wine tastings and bush tucker tours.
The decade-long event now sees new destination Ayton Farm join returning businesses Mt Barney Lodge, Ridgeline Studio and Pietro’s Pizza.
Mt Barney Lodge co-owner Innes Larkin said it was great to have a new business on board in the festival’s tenth year.
“This will be a first for guests so they will leave with a real farm experience,” he said.
“They will be showcasing their chickens, how they operate and will have a farm tour for children to enjoy.”
Mr Larkin said there would be a big buzz around the mountain with visitors coming from as far as the Sunshine Coast.
He said guests would not leave empty-handed in any of the locations with plenty of food on offer, including a gourmet BBQ, bushtucker and sorbet tastings.
“Tracey (Mt Barney Lodge co-owner) will make her famous lemon meringue pies and she will be making about 50 of them for the weekend,” he said.
Entertainment at the festival will include a live blacksmithing display, an open art studio and Boonah-based band Jet Acoustics.
Mr Larkin said he and his wife created A World Apart to draw new visitors in for an enjoyable weekend and to showcase the beauty of Mount Barney.
“We wanted people to come out, show them what we do and let them experience each destination,” he said.
“It’s not a come and sit down type of weekend, it’s about coming here and exploring the things that make Mount Barney an amazing place.”
Entry to all five destinations is free and a range of food, wine, and art will be available to purchase for guests.
For more information, a map of the region or to print your free ticket visit Scenic Rim Escape website.