Farmers and chefs unite on the Capricorn Coast
Posted on October 30th, 2020
The Capricorn Coast is fast evolving as one of Queensland’s exciting food and beverage meccas, with a plethora of local produce proudly making its’ mark across the destination. From pineapple farms and fresh seafood, fused with numerous local delicacies, the villages dotted along the coastline and inland rainforests are brimming with diverse flavours and mouth-watering adventures.
In a bid to showcase the wonderful array of fresh local produce within the region, while strengthening connectivity between primary producers and the hospitality industry, Capricorn Enterprise, in partnership with Livingstone Shire Council are kick-starting a movement that will bring Locavores and Agriculteurs together.
The local networking opportunity will be held at Yeppoon Town Hall on Tuesday 10th November from 2.30pm and will welcome guest speakers, Shae O’Reilly (High Valley Dawn/Beaches Restaurant) and Chris Hughes (CQ Nutrition). They will share their own experiences and expertise, addressing the economic sustainability and health benefits associated with consuming and utilizing fresh local produce.
“When a passion for wellness and sustainable development collided with a desire to serve fresh, local, organically grown produce in our nearby restaurant Beaches, the High Valley Dawn journey began,” Ross O’Reilly of High Valley Dawn said. “Our totally off-grid property which includes a two-acre market garden and two-acre food forest, produces wonderful seasonal produce for our restaurant and creates an ever evolving, self-sustaining community model, nurturing love and joy in harmony with nature for the greater good of all.”
Opening doors for business development with like-minded people, the free event will support the Capricorn Coast Food Trail – an emerging project that will encourage local business and restaurants to stock, promote and use local produce, further strengthening the region as a destination of choice.
Capricorn Enterprise CEO, Mary Carroll is looking forward to progressing the Capricorn Coast Food Trail, which will highlight the Coast as a significant region for foodies to explore and experience. “Now more than ever it is important that we look to supporting our local farmers and invest our food dollars close to home,” Mary said. “Local food is now a mainstream trend, with more and more people seeking fresh, local options and more restaurants sourcing locally grown ingredients.”
“We are so fortunate to have an incredible line up of producers, cafes and restaurants in our neighbourhood who are strengthening our local community, health and the planet.”