Calendar of local events

 
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Introduction to horticulture – 9 session course 09:30
Introduction to horticulture – 9 session course @ Edendale Community Environment Farm
May 1 @ 09:30 – 15:00
Every Monday for 9 weeks (no class on 12th June – Queen’s Birthday). This 9-week hands-on course will introduce you to a range of topics in the field of horticulture. The course runs at Edendale [...]
Nillumbik Garden Club 19:00
Nillumbik Garden Club @ Metzner Hall, St Vincent's Care Services
May 1 @ 19:00 – 22:00
At all meetings, doors open 7pm for a 8pm start. 2017 topics 6 Feb 2017: succulent swap. 2016 topics 7 Nov 2016: the local food community, with Guy Palmer. 3 Oct 2016: how to weather [...]
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Hurstbridge Sow & Grow Garden Club 19:15
Hurstbridge Sow & Grow Garden Club @ Hurstbridge Community Hub
May 2 @ 19:15 – 21:15
2017 Speakers and topics 7 Feb 2017: Rachel Bishop on worm farming; Chloe Thomson on the organic products that OCP have on the market. 7 Mar 2017: Bob Yeoman on growing dahlias from seed. 4 [...]
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What’s cooking (9 sessions) 12:00
What’s cooking (9 sessions) @ Whittlesea Community House
May 4 @ 12:00 – 14:00
Go along and explore new foods, share recipes, a laugh and lunch. Activities and guest speakers. Well behaved children welcome.
Journey through the world of tea with Sarah Colwell 14:30
Journey through the world of tea with Sarah Colwell @ Mooroolbark Library
May 4 @ 14:30 – 15:30
Join Melbourne Tea Sommelier Sarah Cowell as she takes you on a tasting journey through the world of specialty tea. You will taste unique teas from different countries and learn about the various cultures and [...]
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A fertile Yarra, celebrating Glenda M Lindsay 10:00
A fertile Yarra, celebrating Glenda M Lindsay @ Atherton Gardens Community Garden
May 6 @ 10:00 – 12:00
This walk will take you through the heart of Fitzroy, taking in a public housing community garden, a street community garden and a well established food swap. You’ll also hear a story of a community [...]
Cultural and seasonal cooking: Lebanese silverbeet style 10:00
Cultural and seasonal cooking: Lebanese silverbeet style @ Joe’s Market Garden
May 6 @ 10:00 – 11:00
Amne will delight both your ears and your taste buds with tales and a traditional Lebanese dish made with the silverbeet that grows in profusion across Joe’s Market Garden.
Mediterranean cooking with Angela 10:00
Mediterranean cooking with Angela @ Montrose Library
May 6 @ 10:00 – 11:00
Angela will demonstrate how to make simple, healthy, seasonal dishes inspired by the Mediterranean diet. Angela is a passionate cook and teacher at her own cooking school, Angela’s Kitchen, in Northcote.
Preparing your Autumn/Winter garden 14:00
Preparing your Autumn/Winter garden @ Watsonia Library
May 6 @ 14:00 – 15:00
In this talk, Robin Gale-Baker will cover soil preparation for autumn/winter vegetables, how to raise seedlings, which vegetables to plant, when to plant and when to harvest. Timing your planting is particularly important as, with [...]
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Food forest working bee 10:00
Food forest working bee @ CERES
May 7 @ 10:00 – 15:00
To celebrate International Permaculture Day, CERES is organising a community working bee in their food forest. Their food forest is home to their chooks and four rotational runs, terraces with fruit and nut trees and [...]
How to grow veggies the Italian way! 10:00
How to grow veggies the Italian way! @ The Farm Yarra Valley
May 7 @ 10:00 – 13:00
What you will learn: What does it mean to grow Italian? What’s it like gardening in Italy? How to set up your veggie patch at home. How to best address problems in your veggie patch; [...]
International Permaculture Day – introduction to edible forest gardening 13:00
International Permaculture Day – introduction to edible forest gardening @ Edible Forest Gardens
May 7 @ 13:00 – 15:00
To celebrate International Permaculture Day, you are invited to a presentation on edible forest gardening. The presentation will be given by John Ferris of Edible Forest Gardens Nursery. John will talk about the layers of [...]
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Keeping chooks in the suburbs 19:00
Keeping chooks in the suburbs @ North Ringwood Community House
May 9 @ 19:00 – 21:30
Have you you always wanted to keep chooks in the suburbs? This workshop will go through how to feed and care for your poultry, the local laws, housing and your neighbours. You will also cover [...]
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Sustainable living and gardening 19:00
Sustainable living and gardening @ Watsonia Neighbourhood House
May 10 @ 19:00 – 21:00
Each month, an experienced facilitator will present on sustainable living and gardening topics such as zero waste, worm farms, keeping backyard chickens, natural soil management, responsible weed control, composting and sustainable garden design. The speakers [...]
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Safe preserving techniques: bottled fruit, jams, pickles & relishes 10:00
Safe preserving techniques: bottled fruit, jams, pickles & relishes @ Precise address to be given upon booking
May 11 @ 10:00 – 13:15
What you will learn: Select and re-use suitable jars and how to sterilise them. How to use standard kitchen equipment to make preserves, without needing to buy specialist items. How to bottle fruit, and make [...]
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Beekeeping workshop 09:00
Beekeeping workshop @ Bee Sustainable
May 13 @ 09:00 – 11:00
What you will learn: Bee behaviour. The various major items that make up a bee hive and how to construct them. The major tasks in hive management. What you will get: A wooden beehive frame [...]
Natural pest control with companion planting 09:30
Natural pest control with companion planting @ BAAG
May 13 @ 09:30 – 12:30
What you will learn: Learn which plants to grow together, and which ones not to. Learn how to solve many common garden problems naturally. Learn how to construct ‘plant guilds’ (groups of plants that grow [...]
Dandelions with Monique Eve Miller 10:00
Dandelions with Monique Eve Miller @ Joe’s Market Garden
May 13 @ 10:00 – 11:30
Dandelions are everywhere, and they are a very useful plant. Monique Miller will walk you through identifying dandelions, the ecological, medicinal and culinary uses of dandelions. You will also get to try dandelions prepared for [...]
Italian cooking workshop (flavours of Naples) 10:00
Italian cooking workshop (flavours of Naples) @ Living & Learning Nillumbik at Panton Hill
May 13 @ 10:00 – 13:00
A tasty three-course menu, including pasta, will be prepared in this hands-on workshop and enjoyed afterwards. Tutor Janice Mariani. Janice spent 30 years cooking for the locals and celebrities in a restaurant amidst the hills [...]
Winter apothecary and open studio 14:30
Winter apothecary and open studio @ MESMA Studio
May 13 @ 14:30 – 16:30
Learn to make simple and safe homemade recipes that help support us during winter, strengthen our immunity and protect us from general ailments. You will also have an opportunity at the end of the workshop [...]
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Diamond Valley Library Food Garden Club 11:30
Diamond Valley Library Food Garden Club @ Diamond Valley Library
May 16 @ 11:30 – 12:30
2017 events June 20 Fermenting Go along to enjoy this fermenting workshop with Marie from Rie’s Kitchen as she prepares traditional giadiniere. May 16 Introduction to beekeeping Learn about the importance of bees and how [...]
Beginners’ Italian cheese making class 18:30
Beginners’ Italian cheese making class @ Going Green Solutions
May 16 @ 18:30 – 20:30
During this hands on and interactive class run by Janelle, from Mad Millie, you will make fresh mozzarella and warm fresh ricotta using the Mad Millie Beginners Italian cheese kit. The kit has all the [...]
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Food-know-how session: how to create food gardens in small spaces 11:00
Food-know-how session: how to create food gardens in small spaces @ Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library
May 18 @ 11:00 – 12:00
Learn how to create a food garden in small spaces with Karen Sutherland from Edible Eden Design. Bookings are essential.
What’s cooking (9 sessions) 12:00
What’s cooking (9 sessions) @ Whittlesea Community House
May 18 @ 12:00 – 14:00
Go along and explore new foods, share recipes, a laugh and lunch. Activities and guest speakers. Well behaved children welcome.
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Become a junior chocolatier 10:00
Become a junior chocolatier @ Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
May 20 @ 10:00 – 10:45
In a 45 minute ‘parent-free zone’, children aged 6–12 years can learn from their chocolatiers how to make their very own chocolate creations. Includes personalised badge, chef’s hat and apron, graduation certificate plus take home [...]
Seasonal cooking: choko (chayote) with Pascale 10:00
Seasonal cooking: choko (chayote) with Pascale @ Joe’s Market Garden
May 20 @ 10:00 – 11:30
Choko, chayote, winter zucchini … it’s a diverse, easy-to-grow veggie that can be used in anything from soup to apple crumble. Join Pascale as she creates a choko dish. Of course, you get to try [...]
Edible weeds walk 11:00
Edible weeds walk @ Precise location to be given upon booking
May 20 @ 11:00 – 13:00
What if many of the weeds in our garden were just as edible as the vegetables we tend beside them? What if some of these these free, all-too-easy-to-grow uninvited guests were so nutritionally dense that [...]
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Nillumbik Community wellbeing expo 10:00
Nillumbik Community wellbeing expo @ Eltham High School
May 21 @ 10:00 – 15:00
Discover, and engage with, all the local activities, groups and services in Nillumbik that can support your wellbeing. The expo will comprise exhibitors, presentations, interactive spaces and demonstrations, healthy food stalls and a ‘kids zone’. [...]
Creating a wicking bed 13:00
Creating a wicking bed @ Thrive Community Garden
May 21 @ 13:00 – 15:00
Join Peter Daams as he creates a new wicking bed or two at Thrive Community Garden. Peter will explain the theory behind how wicking beds work and their methods of construction. He will then proceed, [...]
Vietnamese cooking demonstration 14:30
Vietnamese cooking demonstration @ Fitzroy Library
May 21 @ 14:30 – 16:00
Nga Diep from BANH Cultural Catering will demonstrate how to make vietnamese rice paper rolls. You will have the opportunity to practice, and also sample, the dishes. Bookings essential.
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A journey through the world of tea 11:00
A journey through the world of tea @ Northcote Library
May 23 @ 11:00 – 12:30
Go on a journey of tea tasting and exploration of tea culture, history, equipment and etiquette from China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Sri Lanka and India. Presented by Sarah Cowell from Teasense. Teasense is a culmination [...]
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Thrifty gardening 20:00
Thrifty gardening @ Preston Shire Hall
May 24 @ 20:00 – 22:00
Maria Ciavarella, from My Green Garden will talk about thrifty gardening and savings in the garden. Preston Garden Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month. Everyone is welcome. Supper is provided. And there [...]
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Bush foods & herbs for courtyards & balconies 18:30
Bush foods & herbs for courtyards & balconies @ BAAG
May 25 @ 18:30 – 19:30
What you will learn: Which native produce-plants are suitable for growing in pots and small spaces. What to harvest and when. How to use bush foods and herbs to flavour your dishes. Presented by Karen [...]
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Transition Darebin convivial garden – olive harvest 14:00
Transition Darebin convivial garden – olive harvest
May 27 @ 14:00 – 16:00
Join them for the annual harvest and pick some for yourself whilst talking and sharing all things olives. They will discuss pruning for greater fruit harvest, different varieties and great ways to pickle and eat [...]
Ten course vegan dinner at The Snug 19:00
Ten course vegan dinner at The Snug @ The Snug Public House
May 27 @ 19:00 – 22:00
It’s been six months since The Snug became Melbourne’s first restaurant to offer Irish vegan food. Go and see how they’ve developed their menu with this taste-adventure where you’ll get to sample ten of chef [...]
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Learn about Lentil as Anything 17:00
Learn about Lentil as Anything @ Lentil as Anything
May 29 @ 17:00 – 18:00
Monday, 29th May, 5-6pm and Saturday, 3rd June 11.30am-midday. Lentil as Anything. Ever wondered how a pay-as-you-feel, volunteer-run restaurant operates? Join them for a tour of the Thornbury restaurant and Common Ground community space and [...]
A Mexican feast 17:45
A Mexican feast @ Juanita's Kitchen
May 29 @ 17:45 – 19:30
Popular for her monthly taco nights, Juanita from Juanita’s Kitchen will teach you how to make (and eat!) a Mexican meal, including perfect tortillas from scratch. Plus tips and ideas for creating quick and easy [...]
Local legends series: Maria Echevarria-Lang – Chato: Spanish 18:30
Local legends series: Maria Echevarria-Lang – Chato: Spanish @ Melbourne Polytechnic (Demonstration Kitchen), Building K, Room 106
May 29 @ 18:30 – 20:00
Join Maria (Chato) to journey through the origins of tapas whilst she cooks some traditional and some variations to this very Spanish way of eating. Salmon, jamon, chorizo and some other not so well known [...]
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Vegan dips workshop 15:30
Vegan dips workshop @ Lentil as Anything
May 30 @ 15:30 – 16:30
Lentil as Anything’s vegan chef Aimee will show you how to make the trio of dips entrée.
Sweet persian delights – dessert masterclass 18:30
Sweet persian delights – dessert masterclass @ Darebin Intercultural Centre (Community Kitchen)
May 30 @ 18:30 – 20:30
Free to feed Chef Hamed will share the secrets behind delicious Iranian desserts including rosewater baghlava, sholezard (saffron rice pudding with roasted rhubarb) and Persian nougat gaz(a sticky candy originating from Isfahan in Iran). Hamed [...]
Bangers and beers v2.0 19:00
Bangers and beers v2.0 @ Joanie’s Baretto (Upstairs)
May 30 @ 19:00 – 21:00
Learn how to make Italian style sausages from start to finish with Marco Finanzio (Umberto Espresso Bar) and James Mele (The Meat Room). Then feast on the freshly-made produce matched with Italian craft beers.
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Sri Lankan cooking traditions 15:30
Sri Lankan cooking traditions @ Lentil as Anything
May 31 @ 15:30 – 16:30
Lentil as Anything’s diverse community is reflected in the food that they serve. They have a particular connection to Sri Lankan culture through founder Shanaka Fernando and their many Sri Lankan chefs, who will share [...]
Kimchi workshop 18:00
Kimchi workshop @ Lentil as Anything (Common Ground)
May 31 @ 18:00 – 20:00
Lentil as Anything’s catering chef Chase will show you how to make kimchi, a traditional Korean side dish made of fermented cabbage. Bring a large jar.
Explore Indian spices 18:30
Explore Indian spices @ Darebin Intercultural Centre (Community Kitchen)
May 31 @ 18:30 – 20:00
Join Raman Nakul from Thornbury’s Spice Alley to explore cooking with Indian spices at home. Raman will show you how to cook traditional Indian dishes including turmeric chai and daal bhaat – with a focus [...]
Local legends series: Yoko Inoue – Shoku Iku: Raw Organic 18:30
Local legends series: Yoko Inoue – Shoku Iku: Raw Organic @ Melbourne Polytechnic (Demonstration Kitchen), Building K, Room 106
May 31 @ 18:30 – 20:00
Everyone knows we need to eat more real whole foods. Does it mean boring tasteless meals? Yoko from Shokuiku will show you how to make delicious raw vegan meals with ingredients that deliver all the [...]
Maria’s homemade pasta secrets 19:00
Maria’s homemade pasta secrets @ Joanie’s Baretto (Upstairs)
May 31 @ 19:00 – 21:00
The Umberto Espresso Bar has been serving pasta for nearly a decade. Maria Serra has been supplying pasta to Melbourne restaurants and cafes for many years. She will show you her homemade pasta secrets and [...]
Smarter living – vertical gardens 19:00
Smarter living – vertical gardens @ Manningham Civic Centre
May 31 @ 19:00 – 21:00
Do it on the Roof are working to bring nature back to cities. They design, construct and maintain landscapes at a variety of scales in the built environments of Melbourne and Sydney. They specialise in [...]