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.
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.
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