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Inaugural Slow Fish Festival 2018

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Join us for the inaugural Slow Fish Festival on SATURDAY APRIL 15, 2018 (10am-4pm) in Spotswood! A day to discover and devour – made for those who adore seafood and care about a sustainable seafood industry in Victoria.

An opportunity to listen, learn and savour the catch on our very doorstep, the day will feature seafood cooking demonstrations from some of Melbourne’s top chefs, educative talks on all things fishy from local history to ecology, and a seafood market with delicious seafood dishes and a fresh fish stallholders. Kids will enjoy our dedicated activity space. Entry is via gold coin donation.

Find more information here and follow our new Slow Fish Australia page on Facebook or Slow Food Melbourne on Instagram for event updates – we look forward to seeing you!

Faranda Farms

We’ve been on our farm in Werribee South since 1953. This farm – its our living, and the living for our four kids.We farm about 40-45 We grow lots of Mediterranean vegetables: broccoli, artichokes, kale, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, cauliflowers, chillies, lettuce, silverbeet, pumpkins … a bit of everything. We also grow some Sicilian things like sinipa, cardoons. Rita makes preserves and crumbed artichokes too.

Owner Tony & Rita Faranda
Telephone 9742 1730
Certification VFMA Accreditation
Other markets  Flemington, Veg Out (St Kilda), Collingwood Children’s Farm


The farmers’ markets really help us. When we sell to the wholesale market, its the middle man that makes the money.

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The Mushroom Co.

Our farm is based in Yarra Glen. All our mushrooms are chemical free. We grow them all, except the pine mushrooms which are harvested. My partner has been growing mushrooms since we met; I followed him.

Mushrooms have been shown to have great medical benefits, with high antioxidants and immune system benefits.

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Bellellen Grampians Organics

We grow an extensive range of certified organic herbs and vegetables, including heritage varieties.

Located at Bellellen on the eastern slopes of the Grampians, we are in an area that is traditionally a non-horticultural area. This can produce challenges so we try to grow varieties that cope well with the local conditions. Our farm is a family property – Rod was born into a conventional mixed, broad acre, farming family and adapted to certified organic horticulture in the mid nineties, continually trialling and modifying crops to suit seasonal and market conditions.

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Bridge Farm

We grow heritage perennials: artichokes, rhubarb and asparagus mainly. We also have some fruit trees, grape vines and sunflowers.

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Eureka Coffee & Growers Espresso

We roast a wide range of Australian grown Arabica coffees sourced directly from coffee growers who we know and have visited. Previously our family grew coffee for over 20 years. They have since retired from coffee growing but remain on plantation in northern NSW. We use Schulz Organic milk at all of our farmers’ markets.

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J & L Howell

My great, great-grandfather purchased the farm in the 1870s and our family has farmed it ever since that time. I grew up here, left in my youth and returned to the farm a few years back. The farm is in Wandin North, Yarra Valley, an area known for a climate and soil that is conducive to growing fruit and nuts. We concentrate on taste and quality above all else – if it’s not good eating, there’s no point.

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Jones Potatoes

We grow several varieties of potatoes. I worked on the family farm with my father, a commercial potato grower, before starting my own business in 1980.

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Kinglake Vegetables

Aphrodite’s parents have always farmed, originally in Greece and then when they emigrated to Australia, starting with backyard gardens and then expanding their production when we bought the Kinglake property.

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Milawa Free Range Poultry

In 1999 we decided to turn a small (80 acre) farm into a self sustaining enterprise, so had to select an industry that presented the opportunity on a restricted operational area. Milawa Free Range is a compromise between respect for the natural instincts of the chicken, the need for protection from natural predators, the local environmental seasons and conditions, and our own commercial viability. We produce chickens like they used to taste!

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Market Details

8AM – 1PM, fourth Sat of each month

Parking available. 

63 The Avenue, Spotswood-Kingsville RSL

Entry By donation

We’re plastic bag free, so please BYO.
Well-behaved dogs (and cats) on leads welcome.

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