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Wednesday 29 September 2010

Tour, discover, touch and taste Airlie Beach's backyard

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Locals and visitors to Airlie Beach now have the opportunity to explore the region's produce onboard an exclusive Localvore Dinner Tour thanks to Capers Airlie Beach.

For well over a year now diners at the waterfront restaurant have had the opportunity to indulge in some of the region's finest produce with the distinctive Localvore menu.

The concept was created as an environmentally friendly and community minded initiative, keeping local money circulating.

The menu consists of produced sourced from within a 100km radius of the restaurant and has come to include everything from seafood, meats, vegetables, fresh and dried fruits, jams, teas, coffee, sugar, pepper even oil, which was a particularly hard item to source as the climate is too cold for olives to grow.

After such a fantastic response to the Localvore menu Capers have taken a further step and established 'Paddock to Plate' a monthly dinner tour for guests to see the fantastic little farms where all of the produce is sourced from.

The tours, completely unique to the Whitsunday region, have been designed for guests to discover, touch and taste the growing produce and to experience the delights of organic farming.

Capers Executive Chef, Tim Whitehorn said after visiting many of the farms as part of his role purchasing for the restaurant he thought it would be a great concept to create a dedicated tour to show diners exactly where their meals were coming from.

"I wanted to share these hidden gems with the diners. It is one thing sitting down to a meal of local grown produce, but hand picking your own hydroponic lettuce and aromatic herbs is another.

"Some of these farms are the region's best kept secrets, like the lemon myrtle farm which has a plantation of 1.2 million trees or the home-style farm growing and drying delicious tropical fruits including mango, banana and strawberries.

"It is also quaint to visit the most spoilt and happy little pigs in Queensland at the Berkshire Gold Pork farm. These little ones take mud baths while listening to classical music; it is just something you have to see with your own eyes."

For an incredibly low price of $69 per person the group tour includes a scenic bus trip with a Capers host, a visit to four working farms, taste testing including Lemon Myrtle tea and produce gathering such as hydroponic lettuce and aromatic herbs. The tour culminates in a two course Localvore dinner with a glass of Queensland wine served at Capers as a group dining experience.

Capers also have a $299 accommodation package which includes one night accommodation, a Localvore dinner tour for two people. Private tours are also available for parties or community groups.

For further information:

Mark Bell
Airlie Beach Hotel Manager
P 07 4964 1999

Sheree Lineham
Positive PR
P 0407 200899


For media inquiries, please contact:

Mark Bell, Manager
Airlie Beach Hotel
+61 7 4964 1999

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