Make the most of of local eateries on the coast – last holidays Saachi Stiefler was spotted tucking into a beautiful tropical fruit salad from her parent’s Andy and Alison’s Coloured Sands Cafe
Eat Local Month is a whole month dedicated to celebrating local produce, producers and food!
During May, Rainbow Beach State School will be participating in and promoting the amazing variety of local produce grown in our region.
Throughout the month, experience a vast array of food markets, expos, family events, festivals, open days and farm tours – check out the Council’s website for more information.
So whether you’re a serious foodie, budding gourmet or just simply love trying locally grown and made products, there’s something for everyone:
7 Rosella Festival
Come along to the first ever festival of its kind and celebrate the Rosella! Showcasing Rosella (Hibiscus) fruits grown at Petersen’s Farm Woolooga, 45km NW of Gympie.
You’ll see more than 2000 Rosella plants ready for picking. There will be farm tours, cooking demonstrations, fresh ‘straight from the farm’ produce, face painting and food stalls.
$5 per person (children under 12 free), 9am–2pm at 2 Reilly Road, Woolooga.
7 and 13 Fruit bottling and jam making workshops
Learn how to preserve seasonal fruits and make delicious jams at Cooloola Berries – 856 Tagigan Road, Wolvi.
9 and 23 Eat Your Backyard Workshop
Gympie Community Garden present workshops at Gympie Library: Small Spaces/Vertical Gardening (May 9) and Eat Your Backyard (May 23).
12-14 Gympie Show
Come along to the Annual Gympie District Show and experience three HUGE days of exciting displays, entertainment and competitions!
You’ll see some of the region’s finest farm animals, horse jumping, whip cracking, horticulture, wood chopping you name it it’ll be there not to mentions a wide array of carnival rides and showbags for every age!
Be sure to drop by the Gympie Gold Regional Produce precinct upstairs in the Bill Bishop Pavilion, where you’ll find delicious fresh produce including smallgoods, preserves, condiments, nuts, snacks and much more.
Live farm talks and Chef Matt Golinski will take the stage throughout the day on May 14 from 10am to cook you up some amazing food using local ingredients.
20 Rainbow Beach State School Garden Open Morning for the general public 10am–noon, where students will be conducting tours of the garden and providing information about the Australian stingless native bee and bush tucker plants.
The $5 fee includes Devonshire tea served by students. Plants and produce will be available for purchase. Hat, sunscreen and closed-in shoes are recommended. Come along and support the school – plants and herbs will also be for sale.
21 Cooloola Berries farmers lunch
Featuring locally sourced, sustainably grown and ethically harvested cuisine, and wines from Kingsley Grove Estate in the delightful fields of Cooloola Berries.
23-28 Honey Bee week
Come along to Gympie Regional Library and learn about local honey bees and all things honey related through interactive displays and talks.
29 Goomeri Pumpkin Festival
Ever seen a great pumpkin roll? Don’t miss this quirky, fun day out in the beautiful town of Goomeri, 6am-6pm.
Feast on delicious home-made pumpkin soup, scones and pies or enjoy billy tea, pumpkin damper and stew. Plus, there’s free entry to the festival.
Look out for more events and special GourMAY menu items at local restaurants and cafes throughout the Gympie Region: www.gympieregionalproduce.com.au/