The Lockyer Valley Southern Queensland has long called itself Australia’s Salad Bowl. It has rich fertile soil and produces most of Australia’s winter vegetables. Every day trucks leave the Lockyer Valley loaded with fresh local vegetables.
With all this local product available, it is no surprise that a number of boutique food producers have started in the area. We have spent many hours taking our products to the nearby major population centres of Brisbane, Ipswich and Toowoomba. However most customers seem to know more about other food growing areas of Australia – areas like Margaret River, Yarra Valley, Barossa Valley.
Having seen paddock to plate experiences in other regions and we think that the Lockyer Valley needs more opportunities for both visitors and local people to eat and eat local food. We are not alone. There is a growing movement of Lockyer Valley Growers, producers, local businesses and the Lockyer Valley Council to establish a regular food trail and food events.
We think there is a place for affordable family friendly food seasonal events with local food as the star attractions. chefs. There is an old Jewish saying “If not now, then when? If not you, then who?” We decided that 2017 was the time, The Grantham Butter Factory was the place and First Sunday Food was born. So we talked to our favourite food producers, set up a pop up cafe prepared some scrumptious food. held an autumn and winter event.
Our events were about local seasonal food. The Butter Factory was such a perfect location – a strong physical reminder of times past. It was an opportunity not only to eat local but to hear the stories and conversations between growers, makers and consumers. We had live music, workshops, talks and demonstrations.
Awareness of Lockyer Valley Food is growing with more Farm Stall, Open Days at Farms like 9Dorf and Bauers, and amazing food opportunities like the Wild Canary Producers Lunch and the Cooking school are happening. We are proud to be part of this local food movement.
Since Autumn, a number of exciting changes have happened at Gecko Grove and Mormor Food and as a result, First Sunday Food has been put into hibernation. We have no further events planned for 2017. We would like to thank everyone who supported our events.