If you’re interested in unusual foods or would just like to experience a real farm with cows, alpacas, guineas and crops, why not take a Picnic In The Paddock this weekend?
Bunya Red Farm at 544 Wattlegrove Road, Inverlaw will be opening their doors between 10:00am and 3:00pm on Saturday and Sunday to allow guests to get a rare insight into caper farming.
If you decide to pay a visit, you can start the day with a morning tea featuring home-made scones and slices from 10:00am, then follow it up with a guided walking tour through one of the farm’s caper paddocks at 10:30am to see how they grow (and even try your hand at picking them).
After this, at 11:00am, you can taste all the different ways capers and caperberries can be prepared, then go out to feed and cuddle the farm’s alpacas at 11:30am before tucking into a picnic lunch at noon.
The program will repeat again in a slightly different format from 1:30pm, beginning with a walk through the caper paddock; produce tastings at 2:00pm; alpaca feeding at 2:30pm and then afternoon tea at 3:00pm.
If you’re coming along, you should bring your own picnic rug (seating may be limited) as well as insect repellent, a hat, sunscreen and your camera.
There’s no admission charge, but no BYO either: morning and afternoon teas are $7.50 each (if you elect to have them) and picnic lunch packs – which feature local produce – are available from $15.
Bookings would be appreciated to help plan the catering, and they can be made by phoning Bunya Red Farm on 0402-245-780 or (07) 4164-3186, or by emailing the farm.
To find the farm, travel south-west along the Bunya Highway from Kingaroy (ie follow the Dalby signs) for about 16km, then turn right into Reedy Creek Road and travel 6km west past the Deep Creek Road and Benair Road intersections before turning right Wattlecamp Road and travelling 1.4km on a recently-graded dirt road to the farm’s front gate, which is number 544 on the right (signage will direct you from Reedy Creek Road).