Guest enjoy the Southern Downs Harvest Lunch under a 150-year-old pecan tree at Melrose Station.
Guest enjoy the Southern Downs Harvest Lunch under a 150-year-old pecan tree at Melrose Station. Candyce Braithwaite

Perfect venue for lunch featuring local produce

IT WAS a culinary event to celebrate the array of fresh produce that comes straight from our backyard.

The Southern Downs Harvest Lunch held on Saturday was organised by Killarney resident and locally based chef Jocelyn Hancock and local restaurateur Bev Ruskey.

The lunch featured only locally produced meat and produce and was held at the spectacular Melrose Station.

Melrose Station owners Peter and Colleen Lindores said they were honoured to hold the event.

"It's great to showcase our region," Mrs Lindores said.

The lunch featured beef, potatoes, bread, pumpkins, apples, citrus and award-winning wines from the region.

More than 100 guests sat under the 150-year-old pecan tree to enjoy the meal.

Some of the guests were local while others travelled hundreds of kilometres for the occasion.

All profits from the event went to the Killarney Rural Fire Service.

Guests got the opportunity to listen to Alison Alexander who was a guest speaker at the lunch.

Mrs Alexander is a Brisbane based food consultant, ABC Radio regular contributor and the inaugural Qld Food Fellow.

Mrs Alexander is a passionate promoter of Queensland regional produce and regularly conducts tours to encourage this awareness.

She has been a consistent voice on 612 ABC Brisbane, talking about seasonal produce, and writes for Rural Press and Ruth magazine, as well as writing her Seasonal Pursuits food blog.

Mrs Alexander said she enjoyed the event and the location was superb.

"Melrose has been the perfect place to host the event," she said.

"It's central in Killarney and the views are spectacular.

"It's great to know that some of the produce has been sourced just kilometres away."

The local producers who contributed to the lunch were Killarney Butchery, Gordon and Ann Goodwin, Robert Channon Wines, Symphony Hill Wines, Suttons Farm, Lirah Vinegars, Mal Smith, Junabee Free Range Eggs, Wendland Olives, Chalala Micro Bakery, Ivan and Nancy Hancock, Anthony and Peta Hawes, Miles and Jocelyn Hancock and Bev Ruskey.



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