FAIR weather, fine food and celebratory drinks were the order of the day at the Scenic Rim 2021 Eat Local Week launch held at Tommerups Farm today.
This year's Eat Local will mark the 10 year anniversary of the event, which attracts visitors from far and wide who come to the Scenic Rim to experience a true paddock to plate experience.
Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said it was good to be back on track after last year's events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"It's awesome to be back bigger and better than ever," he said.
"Missing last year has increased our hunger, passion and opportunity and the whole region is ready.
"Eat Local has gained a national reputation and epitomises one of my life mottos, dream big, plan well, work hard and succeed."
Cr Christensen said this year's week-long event which starts on June 26 would boost the local economy.
"The previous Eat Local (2019) brought more than $2 million to the region and we're confident this year will bring $2.5 million at least."
Present at the launch were restaurant owners and adventure tourism operators from across the Scenic Rim as well as food bloggers and farmers.
Toohey MP Peter Russo stepped in for the Tourism Minister and our own Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause was also in attendance.
Guests enjoyed food prepared by Scenic Rim food ambassador and renowned chef Richard Ousby, who said all the food at the launch had been made from local produce.
"The salt is not from around here, but everything else is," he said.
Mr Ousby encouraged all to get in early to book a spot at eatlocal.com.au for any of the more than 120 events to be held around the region during Eat Local Week.
Scenic Rim councillors Michael Enright, Jeff McConnell and Virginia West were at the launch along with chief executive Jon Gibbons and staff members from Scenic Rim Regional Council.
Kooralbyn musician Micky Convine delivered a fine performance of old favourites and original songs during the event.
Also present was Lyn McLean from Milford Country Cottages who said she would be hosting the Scenic Sunset Canapes event on June 26.
"The food will be prepared by Scenic Rim Events caterers with wine from Bunjurgen Estate Vineyard," she said.
"There will also be live entertainment by singer Bernie Carson."
The 2021 Eat Local program includes all the popular events including the Beaudesert Street Food Festival. Jamming with the Lambs at Towri Sheep Cheeses, Breakfast with the Jersey Girls at Tommerups, Country Heart and Soul Dinner at Running Creek Beef, Kalfresh Carrot Day and the Winter Harvest Festival at Kalbar.
Find out more about what is on offer for Eat Local Week at eatlocal.com.au