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Tweed is finger-lickin' good

TASTEBUDS are better off in Tweed.

Twin Towns Services Club will host the inaugural Taste the Tweed event which will see the Tweed's fruits, vegetables and gourmet goodies on the menu at Horizons Restaurant.

The smorgasbord of local cuisines began on Monday and will run until September 12.

It is part of the Tastes of the Gold Coast Festival.

Twin Towns Food, Beverage and Functions manager Kim Chilcott and his team of chefs have involved more than 20 Tweed growers and producers to create an innovative series of Taste the Tweed menus that will be featured in Horizons Restaurant.

Highlights include Davidson plum and lemon myrtle dipping sauces served with locally caught flathead fillets, oven-roasted Uki-farmed pork with Duranbah avocadoes and lemon myrtle hollandaise as well as Tweed Valley Whey rustic haloumi cheese tossed in Tweed River pecans and accompanied by salad with a fingerlime and baby caper.

Mr Chilcott said eating locally is better for the environment, local economy, health and tastebuds.

“Eating local is not just about buying fresh, seasonal food or supporting our neighbouring growers and producers,” Mr Chilcott said.

“It has much broader implications in terms of reducing our carbon footprint by sourcing food nearby, rather than buying produce that has to be transported from hundreds or even thousands of miles away.

According to Tweed Tourism general manager, Phil Villiers, the local produce showcase is also great news for the tourism industry.

“Tweed Tourism identified our food producers as a tourist attraction that would encourage more visitors to the region, when we originally launched our 'Taste the Tweed' project several years ago,” Mr Villiers said.

“Our aim was to develop a farmgate-to-the-table experience by encouraging local farmers to open their properties to visitors, as well as promoting the use of locally grown and produced food in all our cafes and restaurants.

Events at Horizons • Today from 2.30pm to 4.30pm: Fruit & Nut Tasting with Tropical Fruit World, Tumbulgum macadamias and Tweed River pecans. •  August 26 from 3pm: Madura Tea will host a 'Excellence in Tea - High Tea Experience' for $15 per person and includes a tea educational talk and a special bag of tea samples. There is even a “Tea Box” to be won! Book at the Twin Towns Booking Office on 1800 014 014. • August 31 from 2pm to 4pm: Mushroom Madness Tasting A live cookery and mushroom class to demonstrate how best to prepare mushrooms for various dishes. Accompanied by Zeta's Coffee Tasting. • September 1 from 2pm to 4pm: Tweed Wine, Cheese and Bush Tucker. Ilnam Wine Estate, cheeses by Tweed Valley Wade Cheese and bush tucker and exotic fruit with Banana Cabana. • September 2 from 3pm: Madura Tea will host another 'Excellence in Tea - High Tea Experience' for $15pp. Book at the Twin Towns Booking Office 1800 014 014.


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