Scenic Rim nominated Outstanding Region in delicious. Produce Awards

WINNERS: Kelli Rabbitt and Brenda Walker from Scenic Rim Regional Council at the awards ceremony.

WINNERS: Kelli Rabbitt and Brenda Walker from Scenic Rim Regional Council at the awards ceremony.

IN the lead up to Eat Local's 10th birthday in June, the Scenic Rim has received national recognition from foodie magazine delicious.

The Scenic Rim won the Outstanding Region trophy at the delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards in Sydney yesterday.

delicious. editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum said the awards were a way to recognise farmers and producers.

"The delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards not only influence what you may see on restaurant menus for the next year to come, but most importantly give credit to the people who care for the produce that lands on our plates," she said.

"It has never been more important to get behind our farmers and small producers.

"They need our help. I thank all of the judges for the time and passion they give to these awards, and congratulations to this year's winners."

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said the award was well-deserved recognition.

"The small team behind Scenic Rim Eat Local Week have been trailblazers in the local food space, working closely with the amazing local food and beverage producers of the Scenic Rim to create this grass roots movement which is just so real and so effective," he said.

"Consumers can taste the difference when they learn the story of their food, experience the beauty of the region it is grown in and connect directly with the people behind what's on their plate and in their cup."

"Through Scenic Rim Eat Local Week and our year-round accredited locavores program, we have provided an opportunity for producers to collaborate and cross-promote and create genuine friendships united by their common love of our stunningly beautiful and productive region."

Cr Christensen said council was proud to be championing local producers.

"We thank them for their significant contributions to our economy and to the social fabric of our region," he said.

EAT LOCAL: SRRC team Brent Randall, Brenda Walker, Susie Cunningham, Gen Windley, Kelli Rabbitt and Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen. Photo: Sarah Marshall

EAT LOCAL: SRRC team Brent Randall, Brenda Walker, Susie Cunningham, Gen Windley, Kelli Rabbitt and Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen. Photo: Sarah Marshall

Kerry Valley dairy farmer and agritourism leader Kay Tommerup said being part of the Scenic Rim was invaluable.

"The actual movement of Eat Local, beyond Eat Local Week, is huge for all of us," she said.

"The publicity and the recognition that we have gained over the years means that we now have an audience of chefs and cafes and all those people who will come to us directly..

"The Scenic Rim brand really stands for something, and collectively we offer an authentic, character-filled experience through the food of our region.

"People are really getting that connection we are all trying to develop, and once they've eaten the food they want to know more about where it came from."

Scenic Rim Eat Local Week will celebrate its 10th anniversary from 27 June - 5 July 2020.