It is official – the Scenic Rim is Australia’s most outstanding foodie region, according to some of the nation’s best chefs and food industry leaders.
The region shone on the national stage for its authentic local food movement, underpinned by the highly successful Scenic Rim Eat Local Week initiative.
Previous Outstanding Region winners include the Mornington Peninsula, Margaret River, Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills.
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’s grown in and connect directly with the people behind what’s on their plate and in their cup.
“Through initiatives like 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.
“The Scenic Rim Regional Council is proud to be championing local producers and we thank them for their significant contributions to our economy and to the social fabric of our region.”
Local dairy farmer and agritourism leader Kay Tommerup of Tommerup’s Dairy Farm 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. 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’ll come to us directly,” she said.
“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’re 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. For more information visit www.eatlocalweek.com.au/