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 are now one of the largest caper producers in Australia.
They’ve also won several prestigious awards for their hand-picked capers over the past few years.
And once every year – during the South Burnett & Cherbourg On Show long weekend – they open their doors to the public to give guests a rare insight into how capers are produced.
This year Bunya Red Farm will be open from 10:00am and 3:30pm on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1.
If you decide to pay a visit, you can start the day with a morning cuppa 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 an optional picnic lunch at noon.
The program will repeat again in a slightly different format from 2:00pm, beginning with a walk through the caper paddock, followed by produce tastings at 2:30pm; and then alpaca feeding and cuddles 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. Bunya Red Farm is pet friendly, too, and camping on the farm is available for $10 a night if you want to stay over.
Admission to the paddock tours, caper tastings and alpaca feeding is by gold coin donation. Tea or coffee is available on-site for $2.50 a cup, and a delicious mid-day meal featuring local produce, Kumbia’s famous sausages and Ploughman’s Lunches will be available from $10 upwards.
Bookings for lunch are essential to help plan the catering, though, 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 into Wattlegrove Road and travelling 1.4km on a graded dirt road to the farm’s front gate, which is number 544 on the right (signage will direct you from Reedy Creek Road).