Thanks to everyone who came along to our evening of Sicilian festivity!
Rosa and Colin Mitchell (Rosa’s Kitchen) gave an inspiring talk about their recent research in Sicily supported by Slow Food Melbourne to investigate food traditions in the region amid Rosa’s antipasti and porchetta rolls and indigenous varietal wines Insolia and Nero d’Avola from Brugnano in Palermo, Sicily, courtesy Vino Bambino.
The Edible Thistle
A celebration of the artichoke harvest season in the heart of Melbourne, a collaboration between Federation Square and Slow Food Melbourne exploring an artichoke garden with interesting facts and stalls.
Watch celebrity chefs including Rosa Mitchell, Tony Twitchett, Brigitte Hafner and Ian Curley create their favourite Artichoke dishes on the demonstration stage or learn how to prepare and preserve Artichoke in free workshops.
Sunday 29 July 2012, 10am – 4pm
More Info: fedsquare.com/harvest
Growers & Eaters 2012
Held in Bendigo, Victoria, the 2012 Growers and Eaters Forum, brought together farmers, food experts and community practitioners committed to healthy, resilient food systems, Growers and Eaters celebrates innovative projects that are creatively reshaping relations between growers and eaters, valuing the people and communities who produce our food. With the import of cheap foods and food processors moving off-shore, it is more important than ever to understand the true value of food. Food cooperatives, community-supported agriculture, farmers markets, urban agriculture and poly-farming are all on the menu.
Slow Food Melbourne and Cultivating Community were excited to welcome to Australia Michael Ableman, US farmer, author and expert on sustainable farming and urban agriculture. Other inspiring and knowledgeable experts shared their views and experiences including Les Cameron (Goulburn Valley Food Cooperative); Katie Finlay (Mount Alexander Fruit Garden); Neil Barr, author of The House on the Hill and Rod May (Captain’s Creek Organic Farm).
Practical, ‘how-to’ workshops in the afternoon explored seed saving, raising animals, soil health and getting local food projects off the ground, featuring local beef farmer Allen Snaith of Warialda Belted Galloways, Kirsten Larsen of Eaterprises, Ben Falloon of Taranaki Farm, soil expert Dr Mary Cole and more. The forum provided a great opportunity to find out how to get actively involved – either as a grower or as an eater – in your food community at a grassroots level.
Dinner at Boire, 92 Smith Street, Collingwood
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The 3-course menu at Boire was in true French style; devised the morning of the event. The main dish was free-range chicken that Russell from Milawa grew specifically for Boire. These birds take 6 months to grow – no hormones or any other nasties – and they taste amazing…
Cook Here & Now
Cook Here and Now is an initiative of Marco Flavio Marinucci. Victoria is the first region outside the United States to produce Cook Here and Now, following presentations in San Francisco, California and Austin, Texas. The event brings people together to gather produce for a meal that they prepare and eat together.
Our first Cook here and now event in 2010 took place in the Gippsland town of Foster,
with Pauline Leonard leading a tour of the Prom Country Farmers’ Market and then teaching participants how to make fresh pasta as part of a 3-course autumnal feast.
Christian Reuther led our next event in 2010. We gathered provisions from the Daylesford Farmers’ Market, cooked & dined with Christian and visited Daylesford Organics’ vegetable gardens & mobile chooks.
Triple R’s Cam Smith took us through the bustling Hurstbridge Farmers’ Market, then we took over the Whittlesea Secondary College’s kitchens for our winter lunch. Cin cin!
The delightful Rosa Mitchell joined us at the Lancefield Farmers’ Market, showed us the best of the seasonal produce & a few of her cooking secrets at Curly Flat Vineyard where we ate & supped like royalty (after cooking and cleaning of course).
Our final event of the 2010 series as part of the 4th birthday celebrations
for our farmers’ market was sold out within a week of announcing the event. Nic Poelart, Fiona Inglis & Scott Pickett led three groups on market tours and in cooking up a storm! read more
A Day in Tuscany… East Keilor Style!
Where: Rose Creek Estate, East Keilor
When: Sunday 24 February, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Grow Your Future – a guided tour of Lina and Tony Siciliano’s thriving six acre urban farm, sample their award-winning Rose Creek Estate wines and enjoy an organic harvest lunch as part of the Sustainable Living Festival.