Scenic Rim Eat Local Month kicks off this coming

Eat local month begins this weekend.
Eat local month begins this weekend.

Create your signature sip, experience a long lunch in a vineyard or high tea on a mountaintop, learn regenerative farming secrets, go behind the barrels at an award-winning winery, taste hyper-local Amero at a newly opened bar and attend a first ever mountain market day!

Stunning mountain-scapes and World Heritage-listed Gondwana rainforests will provide the backdrop for magnificent flavour and farming adventures this weekend as Scenic Rim Eat Local Month begins with a focus on Tamborine Mountain, Canungra and Beechmont! 

On Saturday June 1, discover the secrets of sustainable organic farming at the Forgotten Sound Farm at the base of Tamborine Mountain. A newcomer to Eat Local Month, this market garden owned by Jaimi Pennell focuses on regenerative farming, permaculture and traditional, small batch organic farming. She is also supplying to the North Stores Eat Local Market, Growers and Makers Day on Sunday June 2. 

Cafe Metz

Then it’s time to head for the heavens – up to Tamborine Mountain to sip, stroll and taste the flavours the region is famous for. 

Also new to Eat Local Month is The Loborn Tasting Bar!! Officially opening their doors on Saturday, Loborn distils the liqueur Amaro (yep, think Campari!) from only Australian and local botanicals. The name is a celebration of the Eat Local mantra, coming from LOcally BOrn! 

Learn all about the ancient drop of Amaro at Saturday’s Tasting Session, and at the North Stores Eat Local Market, Growers and Makers Day on Sunday and whenever you are next on the mountain!

From the newest distiller on the mountain, to one of the oldest and also Australia’s most awarded in the Tamborine Mountain Distillery. Create your own signature spirit at one of the weekend classes and stay to soak up the very unique atmosphere and sign up for more classes throughout the month. 

Also on Saturday at nearby at Canungra, My Country Escape has A Taste of Country event with the chance to chat with leading local producers. Then as the first day of Eat Local Month’s focus weekend draws to a close, The Paddock Sunset Banquet at the stunning Beechmont Estate provides an opportunity to eat and sip while watching the sunset.

As a true foodie and farming fan never rests, 9am on Sunday June 2 is when the North Stores Eat Local Market, Growers and Makers Day begins, offering the freshest local and seasonal produce from the Tamborine Cheese Shop, Embers Wood Fire Dining creating seasonal flavoured dishes, the authentic French bakery Franquette and those already noted. It’s a perfect pairing with breakfast at Scenic Rim Food Ambassador Brenda Fawdon’s Picnic Real Food Bar, and the first 50 attendees will receive a free signed  copy of Brenda’s famed Eat Local Vol 2 cookbook! 

At O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, The Longest Lunch will be served overlooking Canungra Creek while at Beechmont Estate there will be an afternoon of culinary delights, music and lawn games with High Tea in the Fields.

Wine lovers are in for a treat as multi-award-winning winery Witches Falls has a range of great events, including their Behind the Barrels sessions, which go backstage into the world of winemaking! 

There’s also Tacos and Tipples over a relaxed Sunday afternoon of live music, wine, beer and cider with tacos prepared by Scenic Rim Food Ambassador Josue Lopez and The Cauldron Distillery (famous for it’s gin) is celebrating its third birthday!

Explore Scenic Rim Eat Local Month events by sub-regions HERE

In its 13th year and second in the month-long format, Australia’s most authentic paddock-to-plate, food and farming experience is set to celebrate the farmers, growers, producers, artisans, chefs and flavour creators and the spectacular produce of the famous Scenic Rim across all of June. There’s more than 120 food events including 40 Long Lunches, Degustations and Dinners, 23 Workshops and Classes, 37 Tours and Experiences, 53 Meet the Producer opportunities and 50+ Family Friendly options with tickets available now at eatlocalmonth.com.au.