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Slow Fish Festival 2018

April 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

gold coin donation

SUNDAY 15TH APRIL 2018 10am to 4pm

Spotswood-Kingsville RSL and grounds
16 Mary Street, Spotswood
A day to discover and devour! For those who adore seafood and care about a sustainable seafood industry. An opportunity to listen, learn and savour the catch on our very doorstep.

– Gold coin entry donation –

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Our oceans and bays and those who rely on them for food or their livelihood are under threat from many fronts – pollution, global warming, illegal and unsustainable fishing and government regulation. The inaugural Slow Fish Festival will share insights into the steps needed to save our seafood and aquaculture for now and into the future, whilst celebrating and savouring the catch on our very doorstep.


A range of seafood dishes to purchase and savour, from revered delicacies such as abalone and oysters, to our favourite sardines, whitebait, calamari and more… (plus fish and chips for the traditionalists) – using only Victorian produce. Savour special seafood dishes from Kimu Korean Japanese Eatery, The Potato Chef, Cripps Family Fish and ChipsDelice Royale, Dele Mobile and more, including sweet treats from Glace Frozen. Savour craft beers from our sponsors Hop Nation and wines from Dal Zotto. Plus, buy fresh, locally caught fish and seafood from legendary fisherman Wayne Cripps and the Melbourne Seafood Centre.


Hosted by ROSA MITCHELL (Rosa’s Canteen), some of Melbourne’s most revered chefs take to the pans to share their favourite seafood dishes using only local produce. Cooking demonstrations by FRANK CAMORRA (MoVida), MATT WILKINSON (Pope Joan), ASHLEY DAVIS & SASCHA RUST (Copper Pot & Messer), THI LE (Anchovy) and MARISA RANIOLO WILKINS (All Things Sicilian & More).
$10 per class; bookings essential
11:00-11:30am: Ashley Davis & Sascha Rust (Copper Pot) | Copper Pot chefs Ashley Davis & Sascha Rust have worked closely with Williamstown fisherman Phil McAdam to source and prepare fresh, local bounty of the sea – from whitebait to sardines transformed into innovative and exciting dishes. Book here.
12:00-12:30pm: Frank Camorra (MoVida) | See and hear Frank demonstrate how to add Spanish influence to fresh, local seafood with a Melbourne flavour. Working with the catch of the day let him show you some of the secrets of his kitchen honed over his many years as one of our best-loved chefs. Book here.
1:00-1:30pm: Matt Wilkinson (Pope Joan) | Fresh and seasonal is Matt’s credo so come and watch him take some bay fresh seafood and teach you the tricks of the trade to transform it into a winning recipe. Book here.
2:00-2:30pm: Marisa Raniolo Wilkins (All Things Sicilian & More) | Bringing a myriad of influences to her boundless enthusiasm for food and cooking, Marisa will demonstrate how this is perfect for cooking and preparing seafood, coming, as she does from an island surrounded by sea and with centuries of fishing traditions. Book here.
3:00-3:30pm: Thi Le (Anchovy Restaurant) | With influences from her native Vietnam, Thi’s approach to cooking is unique. Drawing on her culinary heritage for inspiration she places it into a contemporary context to create a style of her own. This demonstration will highlight how she meticulously bridges the gap between heritage and environment and applies this to a fresh approach to local seafood. Book here.


Educational talks on all things fishy – from local history to ecology. Discover your local fishers. Learn how to forage for seaweed on Port Phillip Bay. Meet the women in fishing, and loads more.


10:30am: Lean and Green  Chris Rockley from The Art of Science​ & Sarah Leung from Alg Seaweed​

All you need to know about seaweed from foraging to nutrition

11:30am: Last Fisher Standing | Phillip and Katheren McAdam​ from Vancouver Bait Supply​

Local fishers Phil & Kat McAdam tell their family fishing story and the impact of government bans on netting licences in Port Phillip Bay

12:30pm: It is As Easy As It Looks- Fish Filleting for Dummies  | Barbara Konstas​ CEO of Melbourne Seafood Centre​

Barbara will demonstrate techniques of filleting a variety of fish and talk more about flavour and cooking methods

1:30pm: Your Dollar Is Your Vote- Supporting Local Fishers  | Port Fairy Abalone Fisher Craig Fox & Port Franklin Fisher Wayne Cripps

Abalone fisher Craig & Gippsland fisher Wayne Cripps tell their stories of operating as small scale fisheries and advise you on how YOU can support the remaining local seafood fisheries

2:30pm: The Cook, The Fisher, The Thinker & The Lover of the Sea  | Kirsten Abernethy​, Barbara Constas, Craig Fox, Wayne Cripps, Miin Chan & Rosa Mitchell

A panel discussion and open forum to discuss the question “Should We Eat Fish?”


Bring the family! The kids will enjoy some on-land sea adventuring in our dedicated activity space.





April 15, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
gold coin donation
Event Category:


Slow Food Melbourne


Spotswood-Kingsville RSL
16 Mary Street
Spotswood, Victoria 3015 Australia
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