A new website and food trail celebrating the people and produce of the Douglas Shire has launched.

The trail is designed to enhance visitors’ experience of Port Douglas and the Daintree by highlighting diverse and delicious local produce that’s often hidden behind leafy façades on the drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation.

“We really wanted to share the farm gates, food stalls and boutique producers that we as locals  love,” said Daintree Food Trail co-founder Sheena Walshaw of Trailblazers Queensland, “and give  our visitors the chance to experience and learn about the freshest food around, much of which is  quite unique to the area.”

“But it’s also about buying local and supporting local businesses, so we’ve included restaurants and shops that feature local produce. That way visitors can make an informed choice for low-food-miles dishes, drinks, products and produce that support our communities.”

Leigh Gallon, co-founder of the Trail, was surprised by the variety of produce and products they found.

“One of the biggest thrills of the project was finding all the hidden artisan gems and seeing how powerfully local businesses can support each other by championing these hero products.  We’re grateful to have played a small part in bringing some of them together.”

The Daintree Food Trail launches with 26 members showcased, including 16 Producers – who create the foods and food experiences across the Shire – and 10 Supporter Members – who feature and  celebrate local products in restaurants, stores and markets.

One of the hero producers of the trail is Kefir Queen Penelope Wiltshire from Port Douglas.

“I’m  honored to live in this thriving environment of Far North Queensland surrounded by all these creative hard working small businesses, and be one of them!” she said. “It’s a very proud moment to see them all come together and be showcased through the Daintree Food Trail.”

Rachel Crowley from the Northern Escape Collection which includes Daintree Ecolodge also spoke of the importance of connecting tourism businesses with local producers. “Set in a breathtaking landscape, the Daintree and Douglas Shire has an abundance of local farmers and food artisans whose passion and commitment is celebrated in the Daintree Food Trail! A strong relationship with these producers allows the Julaymba Restaurant at the Daintree Ecolodge to craft locally-inspired seasonal menus bursting with the freshest and most sustainable ingredients! “

Lawrence Mason of Masons Café Cape Tribulation added “Mason’s Café has been working toward more and more local food content with low food miles for years. The Daintree Food Trail is timely,  and helps all of us showcase our wonderful local product”.