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We can hardly believe January 2015 marked our 100th market!

Our January market fell on Australia Day weekend so we were  extra Aussie in our celebrations. 3RRR’s Cam Smith hosted the day for us;  Carmen Verandah and Kofi performed for us; there was birthday cake by Bursaria; and all kind of giveaways like 100 mini lamingtons by Tivoli Road Bakery. The day was also a fundraiser for the CFA and Abbotsford Convent ran a hamper competition. We had an absolute ball! Thank you for your support. Photos to come!


Posted on: January 9, 2015
We’re hosting our annual Slow Food Melbourne Farmers’ Market twilight event from 3-8pm, Tuesday 23rd December.

Pick up your pre-ordered Christmas orders hams, pork & charcuterie from Bundarra Berkshires and gammon from Pacdon Park, there’s beer & wine from  Avonmore Biodynamics, sparkling shiraz from Peregrine Ridge, Larderfresh Nougat, the award winning fruit Christmas cakes by Di’s Rhubarb, fresh summer fruit ….. blueberries, strawberries & stone fruit (cherries!!), pistachios, walnuts. If baked goods are your ticket, Tivoli Road are doing mince pies, Christmas cakes, eggnog doughnuts and gingerbread!

We have some special guests .. Peninsula Seafood and Myrtleford Butter Factory are coming along, as are Sustainable Table. Kris Kringle gift ideas include nougat, honey, jams, chutneys, fruit trees, butter crocks and more

There will also be gift wrapping available for a donation to the CFA,and Melbourne Farmers’ Markets will have their new cotton canvas bags available.

See you there!

Posted on: December 1, 2014

Cook Here & Now Hurstbridge-WhittleseaSlow Food Melbourne in association with Melbourne Farmers’ Markets presents Nonna Power Fair Food Kids at the Substation Farmers’ Market on Sunday 19 October.

Join us for an action packed day hosted by Cameron Smith of Triple R’s Eat It show.

Nonna Power cooking demonstrations kick off at 10:30am with Cam showing us the wonder of parsnip in a skordalia, paired with McIvor Farm pork and fennel sausages.

At 11:30am, Shuki (of Shuki & Louisa) will let us in on his mother’s recipe for lamb on cinnamon sticks, served with a seasonal salad.

Finally at 12:30pm, Cam will whip up an irresistible sweet treat using market produce: nuts, honey, perhaps some fair trade chocolate.

Throughout the day, Fair Food Kids are invited to join us in making vegetable face masks, chalk drawings and designing seed packets. Plant a seed and take it home to grow!

No bookings are necessary and all activities are free of charge. This is a Slow Food Melbourne initiative, supported by Transition Towns Hobson’s Bay.



Posted on: August 29, 2014

We’ll soon be announcing our Fair Food Week activities for 2014. Meantime, check out a glimpse of what we did last year:

 SFM & Fair Food Week 2013

Sadly, we didn’t win…

But congratulations to the SAGE Farmers’ Market on their win!

We’ve made the grade!

The finalists in the 2014 delicious Produce awards have been announced .. and we’re thrilled to say we are among the final 3 nominated for Outstanding Farmers’ Market! The market is now in its 9th year of our partnership with Melbourne Farmers’ Markets and embodies our guiding principles of good, clean, fair food perfectly. Several of our stallholders are also finalists .. congratulations to Schulz Organic Dairy, Gundowring Fine Foods, Angelica Organic, Barham Avocados, Moondara Blueberries, Yarra Valley Caviar and Warialda Belted Galloways (some of these folk had more than one product in the finalists!).

Paul West, host of River Cottage Australia, hit the road with Subaru to meet local food producers at the Slow Food Melbourne Farmers’ Market

Our May 24th farmers’ market at Abbotsford Convent hosted River Cottage Australia filming “Paul at the markets”, a special web edition of the program. View it here along with a tasty recipe featuring Milawa Freerange Poultry, Mt Zero Olives and Jones Potatoes among others.

Posted on: July 2, 2014

Paul West, host of River Cottage Australia, hits the road with Subaru to meet local food producers at the Slow Food Melbourne Farmers’ Market

Slow Food Melbourne’s May 24th farmers’ market at Abbotsford Convent will be the setting for River Cottage Australia to film “Paul at the markets”, a special web edition of the program.

The episode will see Paul exploring the market, talking with Victorian farmers and food producers, and making recipes in situ at the market using fresh, local produce.

Please come and join us at the market and see what deliciousness Paul whips up from market produce!

Posted on: April 13, 2014

Please note this event has been postponed. We’ll let you know the new date ASAP.

Where: Deirdre’s at Laharum Grove, 1603 Winfields Rd Laharum
When: TBC

Enjoy a delicious degustation dinner to support our community affected by the recent Grampians fires. Fundraising Gala Dinner and charity auction to raise money for local CFA and Blaze Aid.

Degustation menu featuring Wimmera/Mallee produce – cost $80. Local wines by consumption.
Choose from a dazzling array of local quality wineries including Mount Langi Ghiran & Bests.

We may be a little singed but we are open for business!

The Wimmera/Mallee region is home to many of your favourite farmers, many of whom have been recently fire affected, come show your support for them by putting your $$$ into their local businesses … You might even enjoy it!


Come visit, bring your friends, the family, the kids & support local businesses & farmers.

There is plenty of local accommodation, from hostel to 4-stars, rock climbing, bushwalking, abseiling, wonderful wineries, wildlife walks, waterfalls … go biking, hiking, picnicking , wine tasting or simply lie back with a good book and enjoy the view. Whether you are a Norm looking to relax or the Energizer Bunny looking for thrills there is something for everyone.


Check Slowfood Melbourne Facebook and Tweets for further updates.

Posted on: February 10, 2014

In 1994, Weiya Sindana left his small village Kasu – in Rai Coast, Papua New Guinea – and visited a distant island.
He brought back some vanilla cuttings. Eighteen years later, Kasu is one of the largest producers of vanilla in PNG.

Weiya’s story is one of many of self-reliance in a community that says ‘Mi inap’ (‘I can’). Instead of waiting for the government or a foreign company to come and ‘help’ them, Kasu has taken responsibility for its own development – and the results speak for themselves.

Papua New Guinea is often described as one of the world’s ‘least developed countries’. But the Kasu community tells a different story.

View the story here

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Posted on: November 29, 2012



Traditional leek pie with béchamel sauce


Main Course

Tunisian carrot salad using Panton Hill Estate Olives

Fresh green beans

Roast leg of lamb with pomegranate and red peppers

Couscous with almonds and sultanas



Gingerbread served on a persimmon crème and pistachio praline

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Posted on: August 14, 2011

Working in partnership with Foster Primary School, a proud participant in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program this event brought together a group of people to share in the selection, preparation and consumption of a locally-sourced meal.

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Posted on: August 14, 2011