Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival

 

Celebrate food traditions and sustainable food practice at the Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival. The week-long program (29th May to 4th June) features workshops, seminars, demonstrations and special events which will have you exploring culture through food and getting you inspired about all things homemade.

View/download the program (pdf).

Click on any of the events in the calendar below for the full details about that event.

May
29
Mon
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 learn more about the history, philosophy and vision of Lentil as Anything and how you can get involved. After the tour, join them for a vegan community feast.

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 dips and salsas, recipes and a goodie bag to take home.

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 dishes. She may even throw a paella into the mix.

May
30
Tue
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 @ 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 will also show how to make his gorgeous sour cherry jam and all participants will take a sample jar home to enjoy.

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.

May
31
Wed
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 some of their traditional recipes.

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 @ 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 on de-mystifying the use of spices along the way.

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 nutrients and enzymes right to your body. Gluten-, dairy- or refined sugar-free, these recipes include zucchini pasta with creamy kale and dairy-free parmesan cheese, as well as a decadent chocolate truffles.

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 you will be able to sample it on the night.

Jun
1
Thu
Make your own kombucha @ Lentil as Anything (Common Ground)
Jun 1 @ 18:00 – 20:00

Kombucha is a fermented probiotic drink that has been consumed for thousands of years and has numerous health benefits. Chef Chase will show you how to make your own, no starter kit needed, just bring a small jar.

Local legends series: Angela Nicolettou, Angela’s Kitchen – Crete @ Melbourne Polytechnic (Demonstration Kitchen), Building K, Room 106
Jun 1 @ 18:30 – 20:00

Join Angela from Angela’s Kitchen and be inspired by the food of the beautiful Greek island of Crete – food that is grounded in the Mediterranean diet – lots of veghies, olive oil, seafood and a touch of sweetness. Dishes will include wild greens with potatoes, baked eggplant dip, Cretan salad, grilled octopus and, to finish, baked seasonal fruit with thick honeyed yoghurt.

Vegetable ferments and cultured condiments @ Darebin Intercultural Centre (Community Kitchen)
Jun 1 @ 18:30 – 20:30

Not sure what to do with your surplus garden produce? Want to add some probiotics to your diet? Join Darcy Watson-Russell to learn the basic lacto-fermentation technique for vegetables. This workshop will covers sauerkraut, kimchi, cultured tomato and chilli sauces, as well as an introduction to fermenting theory and troubleshooting tips.

How to make kolache @ Kolache Cravings
Jun 1 @ 19:00 – 20:30

Learn the history of this traditional Czech pastry and hear the story behind Kolache Cravings’ modern twist. Kolache Cravings’ pastry chef Van will take you step-by-step through the process of making this artisan pastry. Try out your own sweet or savoury flavour, sample your creation and take some home.

Jun
2
Fri
(Come, eat) II: the art of homemade sambal (lunchtime) @ Town Hall Pop Up
Jun 2 @ 13:00 – 14:00

On 2nd and 3rd June, at lunchtime (1pm) and dinner time (7pm).

Where does the food we eat come from? Uncover and savour the diverse intricacies of homemade sambal and the web of social histories that comes with each recipe at this showcase of recipes of local sambal lovers. Visit the exhibition and join in the storytelling over lunch or dinner.

The art of perfect roti @ Reservoir Community and Learning Centre (Function Room)
Jun 2 @ 14:00 – 15:30

Learn the secret to making the perfect soft roti while exploring Indian food traditions. Himanshi from Foodie Trails will demonstrate how to make roti while sharing her love of everyday Indian food. Born and bred in Mumbai, Himanshi brings a wealth of knowledge passed down through the family kitchen. At the end of the session, enjoy a tasting portion of delicious potato curry and rice.

(Come, eat) II: the art of homemade sambal (dinner time) @ Town Hall Pop Up
Jun 2 @ 19:00 – 20:00

On 2nd and 3rd June, at lunchtime (1pm) and dinner time (7pm).

Where does the food we eat come from? Uncover and savour the diverse intricacies of homemade sambal and the web of social histories that comes with each recipe at this showcase of recipes of local sambal lovers. Visit the exhibition and join in the storytelling over lunch or dinner.

Sri-Lankan pop-up dinner @ free to feed HQ
Jun 2 @ 19:30 – 22:30

Renowned Melbourne chef Laura Neville (The Wandering Chef) is teaming up with Charu from free to feed to bring you a Sri Lankan feast, re-creating recipes from Charu’s family kitchen. Charu is a former chef/restaurateur from Colombo, Sri Lanka and is currently seeking asylum in Australia. Expect authentic, heart (and belly) warming dishes with a contemporary twist.

Jun
3
Sat
Homemade wine making with Home Make It @ Northcote Town Hall (Studio)
Jun 3 @ 11:30 – 13:00

Presented with Home Make It. The session will cover wine basics and equipment, crushing and fermentation, pressing, malotatic fermentation and storage, racking, oak, finings and barrels, wine adjustments, fault and blending, filtration and bottling. Everything you need to know to get started.

Learn about Lentil as Anything @ Lentil as Anything
Jun 3 @ 11:30 – 12:00

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 learn more about the history, philosophy and vision of Lentil as Anything and how you can get involved. After the tour, join them for a vegan community feast.

Traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony @ Mesob
Jun 3 @ 12:00 – 15:00

A unique opportunity to experience a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony. The team from Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant and Bar will teach you how to roast, cook and pour. This event will also feature yummy tastings and traditional Ethiopian music from Ambassa Band.

(Come, eat) II: the art of homemade sambal (lunchtime) @ Town Hall Pop Up
Jun 3 @ 13:00 – 14:00

On 2nd and 3rd June, at lunchtime (1pm) and dinner time (7pm).

Where does the food we eat come from? Uncover and savour the diverse intricacies of homemade sambal and the web of social histories that comes with each recipe at this showcase of recipes of local sambal lovers. Visit the exhibition and join in the storytelling over lunch or dinner.

Meet the makers showcase @ Northcote Town Hall
Jun 3 @ 13:00 – 16:00

Meet the makers showcase celebrates the local home wine makers and includes an awards ceremony for wine, passata, avjar and olives entered into the Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival competition. Features wine tastings and an opportunity to meet the local home wine makers. Free cooking demonstrations on the day will include pancetta, coppa colla and okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake). Thee will also be information stalls, coffee and music.

Okonomiyaki demonstration with Yuka @ Northcote Town Hall (Kitchen)
Jun 3 @ 13:30 – 14:00

Yuka from Disco Beans is best known for her take on the authentic Japanese food she grew up with, making predominantly vegan meals and including nutritious grains that aren’t usually used in Japanese cooking. Her recipes and methods result in healthy, speedy, no fuss dishes that anyone can achieve. Okonomiyaki is a popular Japanese savoury pancake that can be made with many different ingredients and are a great way to use leftovers.

Olive preserving – mediterranean style @ Darebin Intercultural Centre (Community Kitchen)
Jun 3 @ 14:00 – 16:00

Sam Ferraro and Jessica Ridout (winner of the Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival’s 2015 best preserved olives) will show you how easy it is to preserve your home-grown olives. You will also take home with you a jar of preserved olives that you make on the day.

Pancetta and coppa colla @ Northcote Town Hall (Studio 2)
Jun 3 @ 14:30 – 15:30

Presented with Home Make It. Learn the art of making your own homemade cured meats – pancetta and coppa colla. Be taught the processes involved including the best part of the pig to use, seasoning and (most importantly) curing. Everything you need to know to get started.

Galette demonstration with Florian Dijuet @ Northcote Town Hall (Kitchen)
Jun 3 @ 15:00 – 15:30

Florian (Le Café Flo) will demonstrate the rustic French Galette, an adaptable sweet or savoury tart that can be served as both a main course or as a dessert.

(Come, eat) II: the art of homemade sambal (dinner time) @ Town Hall Pop Up
Jun 3 @ 19:00 – 20:00

On 2nd and 3rd June, at lunchtime (1pm) and dinner time (7pm).

Where does the food we eat come from? Uncover and savour the diverse intricacies of homemade sambal and the web of social histories that comes with each recipe at this showcase of recipes of local sambal lovers. Visit the exhibition and join in the storytelling over lunch or dinner.

Jun
4
Sun
Home-grown smoked trout @ Private kitchen and garden
Jun 4 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Avid home food gardeners Robbie and Elena will demonstrate the art of smoking rainbow trout, fresh from Robbie’s aquaponics system. Learn the basic principles and benefits of aquaponics, where trout and vegetables are grown in a mutually dependent relationship that enables both to thrive.

Morning tea with Grandmas of Melbourne Talk Food @ Darebin Intercultural Centre (Kitchen)
Jun 4 @ 10:30 – 11:30

Grandmas of Melbourne Talk Food invite you and your grandparent to a delicious morning tea. Spend a morning together, share a favourite recipe or food traditions story, sit for a photographic portrait to take home and meet other local grandparents interested in food and cooking.

Urban quail keeping and year round veggies @ Private kitchen and garden
Jun 4 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Quail are the perfect choice for ethical, golden-yoked eggs in a small garden or courtyard. In this workshop, Kat Lavers will discuss quail’s food and housing needs, including tips to reduce maintenance. You will also learn how to grow vegetables all year round, and taste some delicious eggs and other produce.

Cheese and yogurt 101 @ Darebin Intercultural Centre (Community Kitchen)
Jun 4 @ 14:30 – 16:00

Cheese maker Janet Clayton will show you how you can make fetta and yoghurt at home. The workshop will cover what type of milk to use as well as sanitisation, pasteurisation and maturation. Find out about starter bacteria and rennet and how and why they are used. Includes information sheets to take home.

Local legends series: Silvio Serpa – Campionato pizza maker @ Melbourne Polytechnic (Demonstration Kitchen), Building K, Room 106
Jun 4 @ 16:00 – 17:30

A rare opportunity to learn the secrets of traditional Italian pizza making from Preston pizza maker Silvio Serpa. The demonstration will focus on perfecting a basic pizza dough and exploring authentic toppings and flavour combinations. From his pizzeria Pizzaly, Silvio was placed first at last years’ Campionato Mondiale Della Pizza – World Pizza Championships in Parma, Italy.

Momo making @ Northern Soul Tibetan Café
Jun 4 @ 16:00 – 17:30

Learn the art of Tibetan momo making with Fiona and Samdup. Samdup grew up in Amdo, Tibet and will share a traditional family recipe handed down with love for generations. Using fresh organic ingredients, Samdup will teach participants how to make the dough, the fillings and demonstrate a variety of ways to cook these delicious dumplings. Kids welcome.

Darebin community welcome dinner @ Reservoir Community and Learning Centre (Function Room)
Jun 4 @ 17:00 – 19:00

Presented with the Welcome Dinner Project. Get to know your neighbours at this welcome Dinner that connects newly arrived migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and international students with established Australians over a shared meal. As it is the month of Ramadan, they will be breaking the fast together (Iftar) and learning more about the diverse cultural and faith traditions in Darebin from a Muslim community leader. Bring your favourite dish or one traditional to your culture to share. Alcohol-free event.

Food without Borders launch @ Lentil as Anything (Common Ground)
Jun 4 @ 17:00 – 19:00

You are invited to the official launch of Lentil as Anything’s Food without Borders, their new food rescue and waste reduction enterprise. An information evening on food waste in Melbourne and Australia and how you can join them in working to combat this problem. Vegan nibblies will be provided.

Syrian supper @ free to feed HQ
Jun 4 @ 18:30 – 21:30

Syria was once renowned for its generosity and warm hospitality. Join them in celebrating this Syria of old with a meal prepared by free to feed chef, Nayran. In this Syrian supper, Nayran will be re-creating dishes from the menu of her own Damascus restaurant. A unique opportunity to experience authentic Syrian cuisine and meet a resilient and entrepreneurial refugee woman, who is trail-blazing Syrian cuisine and culture in Melbourne.