Love your local – celebrating Queensland produce | Gourmand and Gourmet

Love your local - celebrating Queensland produce

Who doesn’t love a bit of locally grown produce on their plate? There’s nothing better than knowing exactly where your food is coming from. Put down the microwave meals and enjoy fresh produce straight from our local farmers, foodies, bakers and brewers. We’ve hand picked the best places in Brisbane serving up local produce for you to enjoy. Moda | Edward St Coming from well across the pond doesn’t stop Javier Codina from committing himself and his restaurant to only serving the best in local produce. His strong relationship with farmers and producers comes from his penchant for getting up before the sun every day to scour the markets. Mondo Organics | West End As if being pesticide-free wasn’t enough, Mondo brings the goods for the environmentally concerned among us by seriously slashing the food miles. Eggs from Samford, chicken from the Sunshine Coast, produce from the Lockyer valley, you name it, Mondo got it. Cowch | South Bank Cowch does their local loving by stocking treats from Brisbane’s best sweet-tooths. Their extensive ice cream list is whipped up in Coopers Plains by Lick! (of Ekka strawberry ice cream fame), their drool-worthy pastry cabinet is stocked by local bakers, and their shiny new breakfast menu uses honey from Bee One Third’s rooftop hives throughout the city. Plenty | West End If you had any doubt that Plenty does their best to stock local goodies, their slogan should sort that out right away – “know your farmer.” In addition to selling gourmet treats from local foodies such as Olympus Cheese, they keep a delightfully detailed blog dedicated to acquainting consumers with the faces and families behind their delicious foods. Warning – not for those inclined to getting attached to furry farm animals. Newstead Brewing Co. | Newstead We’re in the habit of calling anything bottled in our fine country local, but if you really want to get your hands on a local brew, look no further than Newstead Brewing Co. This old bus depot now has eight of their own beers and a cider on tap, all brewed on site and with some great pub grub to boot. Words by Jessimin Horder