The Gold Coast’s position in the South-East corner of Queensland means it has access to some of the country’s finest produce. Sorry other states — but it’s a fact.
And in recent years the whole paddock to plate movement has certainly seen diner’s expectations and tastes change. You only have to take a leisurely drive into the Gold Coast hinterland or South across the border into NSW: rural producers are literally around every corner. Another reason we are so blessed to live in this little corner of the world!
As scrumptious as it is impactful, QT Gold Coast is bringing something very special for you and your discerning tastebuds. Be Our Guest is a year-long collaboration with local food producers who are doing it tough whether they’ve been affected by bushfires, drought or the impacts of COVID-19.
Once a month, Bazaar Marketplace will host an intimate food and wine experience where QT’s chefs will work alongside producers to curate a one-of-a-kind five-course experience to hero their products and flavours.
Prepare your stretchy pants, folks.
The series kicks off with Tommerup’s Dairy Farm, from the Scenic Rim. The sixth-generation dairy farm, with dynamic farming duo Dave and Kay Tommerup at the helm, has been running within the region since 1874. After suffering through one of the worst droughts in their history, as well as the impacts of bushfires and the ongoing effects of COVID-19, the pair have evolved their business in true farming spirit to overcome these challenges.
Kay and Dave’s new and ethically farmed products deliver an authentic farm-to-plate experience for the conscious consumer.
“We’re both very passionate about keeping the farm going for future generations and we want to respect and honour the previous generations who have farmed here. We love helping our visitors connect with where their food comes from,” Kay says.
“As farmers, we take a huge amount of pride in producing the highest quality products for our fellow Australians, but we need the consumer to take pride in being part of the food chain as well. We need them to recognise the value in supporting sustainability, innovation, and quality – farmers can’t continue to strive for these things without knowing the consumer has our back too”.
Looking after your fellow farmer whilst experiencing first-rate food is surely a win/win scenario, right?
To kick off the series, QT Chefs have designed a premium menu to hero Tommerup’s dairy products in a five-course set menu to bring out the flavours of Tommerup’s creamery and pork products, with an optional wine tasting pairing to boot — Sundays will never be the same!
LOCATION: 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise
HOURS: 12pm – 3pm Sunday 28 February
Words by Alex Mitcheson