felton food festival; local produce, catch-ups with costa & alpaca poo excitement

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Elsewhere | 6 Comments

A good place to start might be where Felton is on the map. And thankfully I did find it on the map; 30 kilometres south-west of Toowoomba. This location is where Felton Food Festival happened last month on the 27th of April (now in its third year) and it was full of festival festivities! Alistair McLeod was cooking up a storm; there were demos, tastings, music and over fifty stalls showcasing local produce from agricultural enterprises around Felton Valley. Definitely worth travelling two hours stuck in the middle of a convoy of classic cars that also shared the festival as their final destination. Luckily I can appreciate a fine looking motor vehicle.

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So what produce is local to Felton Valley? First of all, top quality veggies; my basket was full of the regions famous lettuce, cabbage, beetroot, celery and onions within the first ten minutes of arriving. There were also some local learnings to be had when discovering that wheat, barley, chickpeas, mungbeans and sunflowers are grown extensively around the valley. Perhaps best known for beef and lamb production, there is also pork, poultry and eggs to consider. Eating local is clearly a pleasure. And I can vouch for that when chowing down on my local lunch of Felton Valley lamb burger. Being part of the beautiful Darling Downs, the combination of fertile soil and ideal weather conditions enable many of these diverse food crops to be grown all year round.

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The amazing Costa Georgiadis was running no dig gardening and composting demos throughout the day. I’ve actually had the pleasure of working with Costa before and it was great to catch-up with him again. He’s truly one of the most inspirational, community minded humans around. If only we all shared his philosophy. The other highlight was buying a massive bag of alpaca poo upon leaving (better to buy such items on the way out). People may question excitement over buying animal excrement however there’s nothing quite like trying out new poo in the veggie garden-good times! :: Jem x

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6 Comments

  1. Gourmet Getaways
    May 30, 2014

    Looks like FUN! I also love finding wealth in one area’s array of produce. It turns out everything is a wealth and I want to take them all home, lol!

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

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    • lostinutensils
      June 1, 2014

      I know Julie! I always get greedy in my search for local food and always buy up big 🙂

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  2. Berny @ I Only Eat Desserts
    July 1, 2014

    Food festivals are the best – though we have a lot more wine festivals down in SA. P.S LOL about the poo – never seen someone so excited before haha

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    • lostinutensils
      July 1, 2014

      Doesn’t take much to keep me happy Bern lol 🙂 I absolutely love food festivals. Any festival in SA is particularly good, some of the best produce in Australia. And wine of course! I’m actually a SA girl so it’s nice for me to follow your blog.

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  3. sherry from sherryspickings
    July 3, 2014

    one of these days I will get myself to this festival. it looks really fab. trouble is there are so many festivals and i just never seem to get to most of them. i guess you just have to pick one and stick to it.
    don’t you just love local produce? and the fertile downs are so good for it.:)

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    • lostinutensils
      July 3, 2014

      Absolutely Sherry…it’s festival overload these days and what a wonderful thing! It encourages people to get in touch with local food and produce 🙂

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