GROWERS and producers in the City of Logan were given a boost this week with the launch of a new one-stop guide to assist foodies in finding their way to the best food and drink the region has to offer.
The Logan Food Capability Guide was launched on Thursday, July 13 by Logan City Council (LCC) mayor Luke Smith and the city’s official food ambassador, celebrity chef and SBS cooking show host Poh Ling Yeow at the Beenleigh Rum Distillery.
According to Cr Smith, 16 companies from Logan are featured in the guide that was designed to help local growers pitch for further business, either as individuals or as a collective group.
“We are delighted that Poh has once again agreed to represent the city and its growers as our ambassador, a role she has undertaken since 2015.
“We had a lot of producers who suffered significant loss during floods as a result of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie earlier this year and this is just one of the ways Council is trying to help them get back on their feet,” he said.
“This guide highlights the city’s diverse and vibrant range of produce by promoting the city’s food growers, producers and manufacturers to caterers, buyers and investors.
“We want to show the world the diverse and vibrant range of produce which can be accessed right here in Logan.”
Cr Smith said the Logan district had been an important producer of food in Queensland since the 1860s.
“In those days, sugarcane farming, cropping and dairying were the main local industries.
“Today, with 217 nationalities, the city’s food and beverage offering is abundant, diverse and authentic.
“Locally you will find spices from Africa and rum distilled according to a 130-year-old recipe.
“We are excited to see what opportunities can be unlocked for our local producers and growers via this new guide which was developed by the Logan Office of Economic Development.”
According to Cr Smith, locally grown fresh produce was complemented by award-winning products that were recognised nationally and internationally.
“We are globally connected and competitive, with many businesses supplying products into Asia and other international markets,” he said.
“A thriving transport and logistics hub takes advantage of our strategic location and integrates well-connected supply chains, from production and processing, to packaging and distribution.
“As with other communities across Australia, we have experienced a reconnection with food and sustainability, via farmers’ markets, handmade products, community gardens and food trucks, all experimenting and offering the finest quality fare.”
The City of Logan goes on show from July 15-16 at the Regional Flavours food and wine festival at South Bank Parklands in Brisbane, where Poh will represent the city by cooking up a storm with a range of Logan products.