Scenic Rim Regional Council opens registration for Eat Local Week 2021 events

PADDOCK TO PLATE: Feast in the Field during a previous year's Eat Local Week. Photo: Christine Sharp

PADDOCK TO PLATE: Feast in the Field during a previous year's Eat Local Week. Photo: Christine Sharp

THE tenth anniversary of Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is on the horizon, and local businesses and producers are being urged to get involved.

The event, tipped to contribute $2 million to the Scenic Rim economy, will be held between June 26 and July 4.

Council organisers are looking for new events and crowd favourites, as well as stallholders for its Winter Harvest Festival.

Mayor Greg Christensen said after last year's cancellation due to COVID-19, locals and visitors were counting down to the event.

"With upward of 90 events on the festival's program in previous years, there are so many ways for local businesses and groups to join in," he said.

"We're encouraging tourism operators and businesses that produce, sell or serve Scenic Rim food, wine or brewed products to apply to host an event or be a stallholder at our signature event at Aratula, the Winter Harvest Festival, on Saturday, July 3."

Council is waiving its usual $150 event and stallholder fee, thanks to a grant from the Australian government's Bushfire Recovery Initiative.

The funds will also be used to extend the Winter Harvest Festival for an extra hour, until 5pm.

IN THE FIELD: Carrot picking during an Eat Local Week event.

IN THE FIELD: Carrot picking during an Eat Local Week event.

Cr Christensen said potential events included long table paddock to plate lunches, degustation dinners, wine tastings and workshops as well as free and low-cost activities for families including farm gate experiences and cooking classes.

"Previous participants have reported significant increases in visitation and sales both during and after Scenic Rim Eat Local Week," he said.

"Traditionally, there is an influx of visitors from near and far, and event holders benefit from association with a range of sponsors and ambassadors, as well as widespread media coverage."

Event and stallholder expressions of interest are now open and close on February 28, at eatlocalweek.com.au.

All events will need to comply with COVID Safe guidelines.

Tickets will go on sale when the 2021 program is unveiled at the end of April.