Last weekend we embarked on our second Growers and Grocers Orchard Experience. This time it was held in the gorgeous country town of Kumbia, in Darling Downs South Burnett region.
Situated only twenty minutes from Kingaroy, live two families, Dugdell Family and Francis Family. They grow peaches, nectarines, plums and avocados. These humble humans love nothing more than producing sweet, juicy stone fruit, the ones that keep you going back for more.
Local greengrocers and some providores including Boonah Fruit Supply, Brisbane’s Feast on Fruit and Delicatessen, FruitLink, Fresh Selections, The Wholesale Fruit Company, Sunshine Coast’s Fenwick’s Fruit Emporium, Pardon’s Fruit Market and Tewantin Market Garden, Ipswich Harvest Markets Booval, Toowoomba’s Westridge Fruit and Vegetables and Kingaroy’s Andersson’s Fruit Market joined us on this fun-filled weekend getaway. We all stayed in the stunning Bunya Mountains surrounded by ancient cone-shaped Bunya trees, pretty special. At dawn and dusk wallabies filled the grounds and native birds chirped day and night.
The Bunyas Lyrics Restaurant owner Dan welcomed guests who indulged in some of the region’s notable wines and a fine dining menu that delighted all. Thank you, Dan and team, for making our stay comfortable and a lot of fun.
Insightful & Exciting Tour
Excitement filled the air as we all boarded the coach to Kumbia. Our first stop was the Francis family orchard. Graham gave a talk on the family history, the varieties, fruit development process and guests followed Shane and Lindsay on a tour throughout the orchard. Everyone was thrilled to see the Snow Angel white peach and Super Star yellow nectarine, taking loads of happy snaps.
A short bus trip followed to Dennis and Lorraine’s family orchard. Here, Dennis and sons, Tony and Matt talked about how they started their family business with some walks throughout the orchard. The tour through the packing shed was insightful learning about the grading and distribution process.
By midday, we were famished and it was time for that special orchard lunch. A marquee set in between rows of beautiful peach and nectarine trees. Country and Western singer Amber Goldsmith created that perfect ambience and guests received a lovely wine on arrival from Jason Kinsella of Moffatdale Ridge Wines. How’s that for an all-round sensory experience?
Thank you to our wonderful sponsor South Burnett Regional Council. Mayor Keith Campbell and Mayoress Marion and Senior Economic Development Officer Jason Tunley who shared this wonderful day with us. Thank you to another generous sponsor Northern Agri-Services South Burnett Regional Manager Mark Schmidt who also attended. The grower’s Agribusiness Manager – NAB Kingaroy Agribusiness Centre Steve and wife Robyn Youngberry and staff from Brisbane Market wholesaler Montague thank you for joining us.
Executive Chef and owner Javier Codina and Chef Steve of Brisbane Moda Tapas Brasa Bar wowed the crowd showcasing the Kumbia stone fruit in a cooking demonstration. Guests received an exquisite octopus pintxo with Kumbia yellow nectarine canape. ‘Javier’s Table’ boasted the regions amazing produce including succulent lamb shoulder roast and refreshing flavoursome salads. Dessert was almond ricotta cake drizzled with peach schnapps infused nectarines. WOW!
A big thank you to the Dugdell and Francis families and to all greengrocers who were able to take time away from their businesses. All of the guests received a bag of goodies and we’d like to thank Bunya Red Farm, Endeavour Foundations Kingaroy Kitchen, GS Crumpton and Sons, Belvedere Peanuts and The Peanut Van for the lovely gifts. Thank you to SB Hire and Sales Kingaroy for supplying the hired goods. There will be more photos added to our gallery soon.
From Tuesday next week, Queenslander’s will see the irresistible Kumbia stone fruit in stores including some of the above mentioned. Don’t forget to ask your friendly green grocer!