Local produce on the menu for Glasshouse Country Chamber

By Sonia Isaacs Clark

THE Glasshouse Country Chamber of Commerce will take a wonderfully innovative approach to this year’s AGM dinner by turning the spotlight firmly back onto local Glasshouse Country producers.

Promising a dinner with a difference on Wednesday, September 8, the event, to be held at the stunning rainforest wedding and event venue Hideaway Weddings Beerwah, will feature a carefully curated menu showcasing some of the very best produce Glasshouse Country has to offer.

With a bountiful selection of locally produced goods to choose from, the events team at Hideaway Weddings have created an inspired menu that cleverly champions the local and seasonal produce from some of our most outstanding local producers.

Dishes have been created to include custard apples from Yanalla Farms, pineapples from Tropical Pines, native bee honey from Hive Haven and poultry and beef from Barry Family Butchers.

Ann Ross from Hive Haven

Members and non-members of the chamber are invited to attend and delight their tastebuds with the exceptional menu, which also incorporates locally grown strawberries, macadamias, vanilla, ginger, avocado, coffee and camel milk, while connecting and celebrating with local businesses.

Glasshouse Country Chamber of Commerce president Jenny Broderick said the chamber had focused on developing their partnerships and relationships with local agribusinesses this year.

“We are excited that the AGM dinner presents a wonderful opportunity to showcase the incredible quality produce of our local region. We are also fortunate to have been able to work with the talented team from Hideaway Weddings Beerwah to bring together a creative and quirky menu for the night,” Jenny said.

Glasshouse Chamber member Ann Ross from Hive Haven said she was excited that both Hive Haven Australian native honey and their European honey would be featured alongside a range of other amazing produce.

“The Glasshouse region has a strong farming past and as a relatively new business member of the chamber it has been a huge bonus to be able to tap into their existing networks,” Ann said.

“Through the chamber we have access to two fantastic local-co-ops and have also been part of the regular Chamber of Commerce agritourism industry meetups. With such a huge shift towards farm-gate agritourism, paddock-to-plate and value-add business integration, the future is definitely bright for our local producers.”

The event menu’s delicious offerings include custard apple bruschetta, vanilla braised beef cheeks, custard apple cheesecake with macadamia and ginger base, and camel’s milk panna cotta with native bee honey.

Amanda Warren and the team at Hideaway Weddings had done a great deal of work behind the scenes to come up with the “once in a lifetime” menu guaranteed to impress.

“It was an exciting challenge to showcase our local produce in creating the menu, but we just did a lot of research to find dishes that used one or more of the local ingredients and also adapted some of our regular dishes to incorporate some of the local ingredients,” Amanda said.

The AGM formalities will start at 5.30pm, followed by dinner at 6.15pm. Live music will be performed by the ultra-talented Andrea Kirwin.

Tickets for this not-to-be-missed event cost $45 for members and $60 for non-members.

For more details and bookings contact info@glasshousecountrychamber.com or www.glasshousecountrychamber.com.au