Moreton Bay produces 40% of Queensland strawberries. Indulge in your love for the sweet treat by buying local, pairing it with the perfect drink or joining in the annual Strawberry Festival.
Moreton Bay's northern farmlands serve as the ideal location for growing strawberries, with its crisp winters and sunny days producing some of the most renowned and popular strawberry brands stocked in local supermarkets and farmers' markets.
Farms like Bellmere's Taste 'n' See, Elimbah's Rolin Farms, and Sunray Strawberries, Pinata Farms and Hermes Strawberries in Wamuran help to produce more than 24 million punnets of strawberries every season. That's a lot of juicy strawberries to tantalise the taste buds.
Next time you're at your local grocer or farmers' market, be sure to keep an eye out for strawberries grown in the Moreton Bay Region, so you know you're getting the best product possible.
The Perfect Pair
If you're looking for something to pair your next punnet of strawberries with, look no further than local wine and beer makers Ocean View Estates.
The region's winery experts recommend teaming up local strawberries with their signature sparkling rose, 'Sparkling Reflections', which offers a beautiful colour to match any strawberry and a distinct poached strawberry flavour - perfect for an afternoon BBQ or picnic.
Those who prefer a beer with their strawberries need look no further than the estate's 'Hibiscus Saison', a gluten-free beer brewed on the Moreton Bay hinterland with hibiscus flowers and rose petals. The drink packs a fruity punch, making it the perfect complement to any strawberry or strawberry-based treat.
For those whose strawberry obsession is on a whole other level, look no further than the Sandstone Point Hotel's annual Strawberry Festival.
Set against the scenic waters of the Pumicestone Passage looking over beautiful Bribie Island, the Strawberry Festival is the region's biggest celebration of all things red, sweet and juicy.
From strawberry-based drinks, jams and frozen goodies to rows and rows of strawberry punnets from the region's best purveyors of the sweet treat, this festival is the perfect way to spend a day with the ones you love and the food you might love even more.
Now in its fourth year, the Strawberry Festival will take place in 2018 on August 25 from 9am to 9pm. Tickets are $5 for adults and a gold coin for kids.
The Sandstone Point Hotel is located at 1800, Bribie Island Road, Sandstone Point just before the Bribie Island Bridge.