Looking for places to go for a road trip? This weekend, hop into the car and head to Felton valley! The Felton Food Festival is full of fresh produce and country charm! Powered by refrigerated trucks and mobile cold rooms, this festival is the perfect opportunity to show off their best food and showcase farmer life in this area. In this post, we want to give you a quick guide to the Felton Food Festival and discover the culinary delights this small town has to offer.
When is it?
It’s held annually and this year will take place on a Sunday, 26th March, from 9am to 4pm.
Where is it?
As the festival’s name suggest, it’s held in Felton Valley and is approx. 30km south-west of Toowoomba.
Why should you go?
Authentic Australian Country life can be sampled here! With the picturesque backdrop of the Darling Downs, Felton itself boasts magnificent scenery, clean air and open space that would make any city-dweller fantasise over.
Are you a foodie? Let’s talk food…
Food is King here! Did you know that Felton exports to countries all over the world? There’s a large scale agricultural production area with Felton farmers produce a wide variety of crops including sorghum, the grain crop used in many foods and alcoholic drinks; corn, wheat, barley, chickpeas, mung beans, sunflowers, lettuce, cabbages, beetroot, celery and onions. Felton is also a significant producer of beef, lamb, pork, poultry, dairy and eggs.
Sunday is festival day, there will be a wide variety of market stalls full of yummy delicacies and fresh produce. Foodies will also be treated to cooking demonstrations.
What else can you do?
- Farm Tours – You can join an exclusive tour of Felton and surrounds, and meet the farmers and see what they’re up to amongst the myriad of agricultural activities each day.
- Take the kiddo’s to the kid’s tent with roaming chickens and other farm animals,
- Visit the farming Q&A tent and learn how you can “live off the land” and earn more about the process from paddock to plate.
- The market stalls aren’t all about food (although there’s definitely a lot of food to get excited about, including free tasting opportunities).
Any other things to look forward to?
Enjoying the festivities and a full tummy of goodness (trust us, you won’t go hungry at this festival) there’s also going to be special guests including Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis and Jerry Coleby-Williams, chef Alastair McLeod from Channel Seven’s Queensland Weekender, Queensland food champion Alison Alexander, one of Queensland’s leading pastry chefs Caroline Jones, kid-delighter George the Farmer, and Golden-Guitar-winning country singer Brendon Walmsley.
Entry to the Festival is by donation. Donations of $5 and up will receipt an entry into the Felton Food Festival gate draw. But, if you want an even more memorable experience, fly with airnorth to Toowoomba (~$65-87) and join Stonestreets Coaches who are running courtesy buses from Toowoomba to the Festival.
For more info about the event, visit their website.