Tastes of the Tablelands 2016

It’s almost time to frock up and head out to the mango shade at the National Trust-listed Hou Wang Temple at Atherton for this year’s celebration of community and extraordinary local culinary diversity at the Tastes of the Tablelands.

The Rotary Club of Atherton hosts this much-anticipated regional foodie day out on Sunday, October 16, bringing together farmers and producers, foodies and some of the North’s top chefs, apprentices and hospitality students for a full day of insights, inspiration, competition, entertainment and taste indulgence.

Assorted artists will fill the grounds of the old temple, a link to the Tablelands’ Chinese past, with live musical entertainment, while Yungaburra Folk Festival headline act Mundy ‘n Turner and the Hotshots Big Band will fuel the garden party atmosphere with their special brands of feel-good vibes.

Tiered seating under shady canopies will provide the perfect vantage point for the various cooking competitions, demonstrations and guest panel of Farmer Meets Foodie interviews.

Tastes of the Tablelands event coordinator Jo Barnes said the popular lazy Sunday, whole-day family event included activities for children and attracted excited crowds from throughout the region.

“It’s a lovely, interesting day, a celebration of community and bringing people out to celebrate our identity together,” Ms Barnes said.

“People can relax, enjoy good food from the numerous ‘pop-up cafes’ on site with a glass of wine, sample and peruse the wide range of local produce on offer, meet the producers, enjoy the music, pick up some take-away tips from the cooking competitions and just feel good about belonging to a creative and productive community.

“That’s the vision of Tastes of the Tablelands – to showcase local producers and their products, to give start-up support, helping people who are trying to get their business up and running by introducing them and their wares to an interested public audience.

Ms Barnes said this year Sunnyville Pigs, from Malanda, and Smokin’ Hot Q who produce delicious pork products from Sunnyville’s organic, field raised pigs, were teaming up to provide a special lunch time treat of pulled pork and other dishes cooked in a replica ancient Chinese pig oven at the temple.

Another first on this year’s program is the “Seize The Salad” challenge, featuring local guest celebrities who have limited time to whip up a worthy dish from a mystery box of ingredients.

Local producers will include Mungalli Creek Dairy, Rainforest Bounty and Rainforest Heart.  There will also be specialty cheeses, nuts, sauces and dips, chocolate, wines and much, much more.

“Rotary uses money raised on the day from entry fees to help support Atherton Hospital, SES and ambulance service, and the Hou Wang Temple.

“So as well as indulging in a fun day out, attendees at Tastes of the Tablelands can also feel good about helping to support the local community,” she said.

“Mind you, attendees have a chance to win their entry fee back, and then some, as hourly Lucky Gate draws have cash prizes of up to $150. The only stipulation is that winners have to be there.”

Michael Trout, chair of Tropical Tablelands Tourism (TTT), said the popularity of Tastes of the Tablelands proved it was one of the most important events on the region’s calendar, showcasing local products and helping to boost the growing food tourism industry.

“More and more people are seeking holiday destinations that combine natural beauty with fresh, delicious produce and a wide range of accommodation to suit various tastes and budgets,” he said.

“The Atherton Tablelands really is nature’s cornucopia, with locally produced award-winning coffee, tea, sugar, tropical wines, macadamias, milk, tropical fruits, bush tucker and rainforest sauces, dips and other products, cheese and chocolate.”

Taste of the Tablelands will be held in the grounds of tou Wang Temple, Herberton Road, Atherton, on Sunday, October 16 from 8.30am – 3.30pm. Entry costs $8, $5 concession and children aged over 12. Those under 12 admitted free.   For more information visit www.tastesofthetablelands.com

Posted by Bronwyn under Tablelands News | Posted on 6th Oct 2016

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