The Road Ahead : April May 2016
QUEENSLAND’S LARGEST CLUB 21 APR/MAY 2016 THE ROAD AHEAD MAKEYOUR FIRST stop at Schulte’s Meat Tavern on the Warrego Highway at Plainland. You’ll probably smell the delicious aroma emanating from their smokehouse before you see the building. Schulte’s stocks an extensive range of locally sourced meat plus their “world famous” smoked smallgoods, local and imported cheeses. Pick up some locally made Seatonfire chilli chocolate as well. Café 4342 takes its name from the postcode for Forest Hill, where you’ll also find the café-combined-local post office. The menu is tastier than standard café fare, with lavender and drops of truffle oil on their pumpkin and serrano ham pizzetta JUST OVER AN HOUR’S DRIVE WEST OF BRISBANE IS THE FOOD BOWL OF THE LOCKYER VALLEY, FERTILE FARMLAND THAT SUPPLIES UP TO 95 PERCENT OF AUSTRALIA’S WINTER VEGETABLES. or seared scallops with caramelised rockmelon. The rear courtyard is a perfect lunch spot. Make sure you use your RACQ Dining Rewards here. Head up the range to enjoy the sweeping views from family-owned Preston Peak Wines, which is a short drive out of Toowoomba. The cellar door is open from 11am to 3pm, Wednesday to Sunday, so you can taste and buy their award-winning wines as well. Make it a weekend visit with a stay at Branell Homestead just outside of Laidley and set amid 32 hectares of working cattle property. The bed and breakfast homestead overflows with antique furniture and there’s a lake and fishing jetty. New guest cabins set high on the hill offer memorable views. At Eagle Rock Café in Laidley’s main street, you’ll enjoy an old fashioned jukebox belting out rock and roll tunes and memorabilia covering the walls. Tuck into a James Dean burger, a Ritchie Valance hot dog, or a Diana Ross supreme pizza. Bring the goodness of the Lockyer Valley home with you by filling your car with freshly picked produce from Forest Hill Roadside Stall on the Forest Hill Fernvale Road. For more information and a list of roadside produce stalls, visit luvyalockyer.com.au. LOVE THE LOCKYER LIFESTYLE FOOD FIND A FOOD FESTIVAL u HAMPTON, MAY 15, DARLING DOWNS The Hampton Festival marries food and art with crisp country air. This year chef Hayden Quinn shares his grassroots cooking style. hamptonfestival.com u NOOSA FOOD & WINE, MAY 20-22, NOOSA It’s on again and more Noosa than ever with a ‘chefs versus surfers’ breakfast, lunch at Sir Richard Branson’s Aussie home, and plenty of memorable restaurant dining. noosafoodwinefestival.com.au u WINTER HARVEST FESTIVAL, JULY 2, ARATULA As the signature Eat Local Week, the Winter Harvest Festival offers bush tucker experiences, wine tastings, and more, from the Scenic Rim. eatlocalweek.com.au Eagle Rock Café Laidley. Preston Peak Winery. Produce at Forest Hill Roadside Stall.
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