Trudy Townson & Rob Bauer from Bauers Organics
For me food events are about talking to food producers and growers from our own region here in South East Queensland. I had the chance to talk to a few friendly folk and one who I also forgot to take a photo of, however I will be interviewing him next week as he lives just around the corner from us and produces cheese here in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Blackall Country Cheese was my favourite stall at the show this year, if you can get a hold of their Persian style feta you wont be sorry.
Highlights from this years show include Bauer’s Organics which is an organic farm in the Lockyer Valley west of Brisbane. Rob has recently started offering families the chance to buy direct from the farm with home delivery boxes of their spuds and carrots. Families have the opportunity to support a farmer as well as buy fresh prouce from as little as $29 a box.
The granite belt region south west of Brisbane is renowned for its wines, one stand out for me this year is Golden Grove Estate wines. Ray Costanzo is the second generation wine maker and grower. The winery is one of the pioneers in the region operating for 11 years. Ray’s father helped to encourage him to take over the business, after growing up in an Italian household wine was a very important part of living. The philosophy of their wines is that it pairs with food and adds to the flavours and textures.
Fat Hen Farm produce handmade olive oil products from skin care to infused olive oils to tapenades. Alan (below) and Bronwyn Wood’s farm is in Kilkivan which is west of Gympie, they have been there for ten years after making the change from living in Sydney.
I am glad to see a few local producers from Queensland, we have it tough going, local councils don’t always support small farmers and producers. If you get the chance to sample any of the products in this post you wont be disappointed in comparing it to others in Australia.
DISCLAIMER: I received a free ticket to enter the show, all thoughts are my own and have not been swayed by a free ticket or by those that I spoke to at the event. I want to support Queensland producers and farmers as no one else is doing it!