Scenic Rim producers festival favourites at Regional Flavours

WINING AND DINING: Andrejs Prieditis treated festival-goers to a selection of O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards' finest wines. Photo: Stacey Whitlock
WINING AND DINING: Andrejs Prieditis treated festival-goers to a selection of O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards' finest wines. Photo: Stacey Whitlock

LOCAL farmers starred in a major food and wine festival at Brisbane on the weekend.

Thousands of visitors to South Bank sampled the best and tastiest produce the Scenic Rim has on offer as part of the Regional Flavours food and wine festival.

It comes on the back of Eat Local Week, which highlighted local producers at more than 90 farm gate events, festivals and dining experiences throughout the Scenic Rim.

More than 80 stallholders from 17 different regions set up at the festival.

Caz Osborne - who showcased Kooroomba Gully sauces made from home-grown produce and even locally-brewed beer - said it had been a busy weekend, with a constant flow of visitors trying her products.

"It was just wall to wall people, it was amazing," she said.

"(The Scenic Rim pavilion) was set up like a farm gate so people could come in and wander around, rather than having to go in and out of different stalls.

"We all promoted each other's products. That's what we do. The greater you make yourself the greater we all are out here."

Ms Osborne was joined in the Scenic Rim Farm Gate pavilion by other local producers who rubbed shoulders with star chefs like Masterchef's Matt Preston, Justine Schofield and Poh Ling Yeow.

Local growers were marketing products ranging from carrots and camel milk to salami and wild honey.

Visitors queued up to sample meats from Fassifern Valley Foods, as well as produce from Greenlee Farm, Smithbees, Ants Fruit Market and Valley Pride Produce.

Dairy from camels, sheep and cows was available in all its forms, including yoghurt, cheese and gelato.

Summer Land Camel Farm co-founder Jeff Flood - who showcased Persian fetta, halloumi, fromage blanc and cheddar, as well as camel milk gelato and chocolate - said he was grateful for the opportunity to draw attention to the region.

"The Scenic Rim is the food and beverage bowl of Queensland," he said.

"We've got some of the most fertile soil in the southern hemisphere.

"Anything that brings people out here is good for all the local businesses and farms."

In the festival's licensed section, O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards handed out samples of a selection of wines and ports.

When he was not selling camel tagine and cheesecake at the Flavours of the Scenic Rim stall, regional ambassador Javier Codina of Moda in Brisbane presented a Spanish Fare with Flair demonstration, featuring fresh local ingredients.