Sampling The Samford Harvest
The Samford Valley’s proud farming tradition will be celebrated this May with a dinner that brings together the best in locally grown produce.
The inaugural Samford Harvest Dinner will feature snacks and a three-course meal, created and prepared by well-known chef and proud local resident, Alastair McLeod.
“I moved to the region four years ago, and it’s been exciting to watch the burgeoning food growing scene in the Samford Valley,” says Alastair
“I’m extremely passionate about cooking with ingredients from my own backyard and sharing this to a wider audience.”
Held on Saturday 5th May, the Samford Harvest Dinner [Autumn] will cater for 80 guests in the Farmers’ Hall on Main Street with all profits from the event to be donated to Millen Farm. There are plans to hold four Samford Harvest Dinners a year, each celebrating a different growing season and new array of produce. While the seasons will change, the ethos behind Samford Harvest menus will remain the same; to provide simple, produce driven dishes that let the ingredients shine.
For the Autumn dinner, guests will be welcomed with snacks such as an edible garden of root vegetables along with salt & vinegar doughnuts and avocado tzatziki. The entrée will showcase late season dragonfruit from Yugar, paired with Sunshine Coast King prawns. This will be followed by a feast-style main meal of local grassfed beef served with an array of plant-based dishes.
Camp Mountain honey will take centre stage for dessert, while another local fruit will feature in a ‘surprise’ interactive course.
“Throughout the evening, myself and a few of the farmers will be chatting about the food to give guests an insight into the preparation and consideration that’s gone into each dish,” says Alastair “Hopefully we’ll pass on some ideas and inspire everyone there to cook and eat local.”
The event will coincide with the centenary celebrations for the Samford Farmers’ Hall. The weatherboard building was transported from Lutwyche and erected on its current site after a group of local farmers saw the need for a larger social venue in the village. It will provide an historic and fitting backdrop for a modern day celebration of the Samford harvest.
Samford Harvest Saturday 5th May 2018
Samford Farmers’ Hall – 30 Main Street, Samford
$70 per person + booking fee
For more information visit www.samfordharvest.com.au