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The Vintage Pickle Owner Kate Raymont How long have you owned the Vintage Pickle and how did it all start? After running a successful catering business in the Scenic Rim for six years, I was offered the opportunity to open a retail space in Main Street, North Tamborine in October 2016 and this was when The Vintage Pickle was born. We are now two-years old and continuing to grow steadily. For me it was the culmination of everything that I had been working towards – my goal had been to increase the catering business but also have a retail space in which to promote local producers with whom I had been working with for years. You clearly have a passion for food but you also have a real passion for local produce, tell us more about why you love local... Connecting with as many Scenic Rim producers as possible allows me not only to stock their products but also use them in catering which promotes them even further throughout the region. It was always really important for me to stock as many local producers as possible because it is very hard for smaller artisan producers to find retail space in the large supermarkets and to me it makes perfect sense to promote local – economically and ethically. My customers shop with me because I stock local and that in turn goes back to the producer – by supporting local you are supporting local families, employing local people and keeping money in the Scenic Rim. What can people expect when they come into the deli? We have a really diverse range of local products at the deli including Allumburra Organic Eggs, Bunjurgen verjuice & grape juice, Scenic Rim olives & olive oil, Koorumba Gully preserves, The Lime Caviar Company fingerlimes, Green Lane Coffee, Duck Creek Honey, Elite Meats smoked hams, bacon and smallgoods, Towri sheep cheese, Pure Artisan cheeses, Summerland Camel milk and cheese, Canungra Creek fingerlime marmalade & preserved fingerlimes. The deli is the shop front, and you do catering for functions and events. What else have you got going on for this business? The Vintage Pickle has recently partnered with The Overflow Estate 1895 to provide a succulent weekend dine-in bistro featuring local produce. This partnership has proved to be a match made in heaven with the outstanding Overflow Estate wines perfectly balancing the antipasto and tapas sharing platters and other light meals offered. The gorgeous chocolate brownies and lavender scones are not to be missed! You are a Eat Local Week ambassador and an accredited Eat Local ‘Locavore’ tell us more about that It’s a real privilege and honour to be able to represent the region to help promote local food. The diversity within the Scenic Rim always astounds me and it’s such a pleasure to visit the farms and hear their stories first hand. The Eat Local accreditation program is also helping to connect local business with producers and it is creating a real buzz within SE Qld, so lots of exciting times ahead! The Vintage Pickle, Main Street, Mt Tamborine or head out to The Overflow Estate 1895 to sample everything Kate has to offer and much more. Cheese image credit Scenic Rim Regional Council. All other images by Sabine Bannard

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