Mar 292017
 

A new farmers’ market at Wonga Park

The first Wonga Park Farmers’ Market will be held on Saturday April 22nd, 9am-1pm. It will then take place monthly on the 4th Saturday of each month. It will be at Wonga Park Primary School (41 Dudley Road, Wonga Park) and is effectively being run by the school. If you go to the market, you can also visit the school’s Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden. For further information, contact Jenny Kelly by phone (0410 526867) or email. Thanks for the info, Jenny and Kim.

More news about the organic provedore (aka shop) at Monsalvat

In last week’s newsletter, I talked about a new pop-up food and seedling shop at Monsalvat. Well, it now has a name (The Vat), a website page and a Facebook page. They have also added Stir Crazy to the list of local food producers whose produce they sell.

To celebrate such developments, The VAT is offering 20% off all KABUU seedlings and microgreens this upcoming weekend (Friday, 31st March to Sunday, 2nd April, 10am-4pm). You can also use their soil blockers for free. And there will be three workshops, two of them free:

  • Seed-raising for beginners (free): Saturday 1st April, 11am-midday, by Richard Lee from KABUU.
  • How to grow microgreens basics (free): Saturday 1st April, 1.30-2.30pm, by Richard Lee from KABUU.
  • How to grow microgreens successfully year round ($40): Sunday, 2nd April, 1.30–2.30pm, by Farmer Ted from KABUU.

A new cake maker – Blake + Fables, from Lower Templestowe

Read their Local Food Directory entry. They are an online cake, pie + treat delivery service. Offering a selection of flavours each week, and free delivery to your door, they make it easy for you to enjoy cake every day or to brighten someone else’s day with one. Welcome Celeste!

There are now 12 makers of sweet treats in the Local Food Directory, but only two who make cakes.

Just to clarify: when I say ‘new’ I mean new to our website, not (necessarily) new to the world. And people only ever get listed on the website if they have a) agreed to be listed and b) agreed their listing.

Leaf, Root & Fruit Gardening Services, from Hawthorn East

Leaf, Root & Fruit Gardening Services have been added to our list of people who build planter boxes, wicking beds or raised garden beds. Contact Duncan Cotting by phone (0423 003764) or email. Incidently, they have a really speccy website. Welcome Duncan!

I came across Leaf, Root & Fruit because, as discussed later, Duncan is running two edible gardening workshops in the near future in Box Hill, one on 1st April and the other on 8th April.

Want to see a compost house as art?

Newsletter reader and artist Felicity Gordon featured in the Leader this week for her compost house made up of 61 plants, 50 of them edible. The house is part of a new exhibition in Ivanhoe on water and climate change.

Mac’s tip of the week

From the weather forecasts, it looks like, from tomorrow (Thursday), the late Summer will truly be over and the Autumn will at last begin. It is now time to replenish your soil with composts and manures if needed in readiness for your autumn plantings. Also, keep an eye on your automatic irrigation if you have it as you will soon be able to substantially reduce, or even stop, your watering. Until next time, remember: whatever your partner thinks, dirty hands are good hands.

Click here to view all of Mac’s tips.

What to plant in April (click here for more details)

Here is a list:

Beetroot
Broad beans
Broccoli
Brussel sprouts
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Fennel
Garlic
Kale
Lettuce
Mizuna
Mustard greens
Pak choy
Peas
Radish
Rocket
Shallot
Silverbeet
Spinach

 
This is a pretty similar list to that of March, with the notable additions of garlic and peas.

The following 2016 articles by Helen Simpson are relevant:

Everything you ever wanted to know about wicking beds

Earlier this week, Pam Jenkins gave a presentation on wicking beds. I have added her notes to our wicking bed page.

Eucalypt Community Garden at Wollert

As envisaged in the 8th March newsletter, work has now begun on the development of the Eucalypt Community Garden at Wollert. They have built the first lot of beds, with a plan to complete a herbarium, an orchard and (maybe) a restored well. The garden beds will be shared beds and open to members of The Friends of Eucalypt Community Association. They are being assisted by a $5,000 grant from Whittlesea Council to consult with the community to plan and develop the garden and a $1,000 grant from Stockland. Simon Marshall Horticulture and Design are helping them. Thanks for the info, Alicia.

Vegetarian Victoria

Vegetarian Victoria promotes the benefits of vegetarianism and provides support and information to vegetarians, vegans and the general community. They also organise social events and some workshops.

Joke of the week

First things first – Jenny Shaw has submitted an improvement to last week’s joke: Why can’t you tell secrets in a community garden? Because the sweetcorn has ears, the potatoes have eyes, and the beans stalk. In passing, note the all-important Oxford comma. Thanks, Jenny!

This week’s joke has been submitted by Sabi Buehler: What do Wikileaks staff have with their Christmas turkey? An anonymous sauce. Thanks, Sabi!

Someone said that they found the jokes too lowbrow. So, for my highbrow friend, I am thinking about introducing a ‘proverb of the month’. Here is the first: Fine words butter no parsnips. Meaning: nothing is achieved by empty words or flattery (cf. buttering someone up). For a discussion, see The Phrase Finder.

Carved food as art

I’ve talked about the amazing Colossal website before. Well, have a look at their recent article on carved food as art.

New events – Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival runs from Friday, 31st March to Sunday, 9th April. The events listed below are some of those which are both in North East Melbourne and which cost less than $70.

Mallow (khabizat) workshop

What: Learn all about the edible weed, mallow. Monique will talk about identification, ecological use, medicinal uses and some culinary uses of Mallow. After this, Amne, will share her culinary and cultural knowledge on all things mallow (khabizat in Arabic). She will show you how to pick khabizat and how to use it; this will include how to prepare sautéed khabizat with a simple pilaf and how to make zatar bread to go with it.
When: Saturday, 1st April, 10.30am-midday.
Where: Joe’s Market Garden, Coburg.
Cost: $15 (suggested donation).
Enquiries / Bookings: Monique by email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

The flowing bowl

What: A beautiful bowl of punch creates the mood for any celebration. Enoteca Sileno welcomes Shaun Byrne, cocktail consultant and co-founder of Maidenii vermouth, to show you how it’s done. Includes a glass of each of the punches demonstrated, a tasting of a wide selection of spirits, liqueurs and amaro by Italian brands Varnelli, Beppi Tosolini, Lucrezio R. and Rossa Sicily to help you plan your own creations, plus a selection of Italian antipasti. Held under the vines in their courtyard, this event will be part cocktail class, part product sampling, but mostly just pure enjoyment of excellent punch cocktails.
When: Saturday, 1st April, 5-8pm.
Where: Enoteca Sileno, Carlton North.
Cost: $65.
Enquiries: Enoteca Sileno by phone (9389 7009).
Bookings / Further information: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival website.

Smorgasburb by Sand Hill Road

What: Seven of Melbourne’s favourite suburban locals will serve up their signature pub offerings: kombu cured cobia with yuzu kosho and cucumber (Garden State Hotel); bossan pork belly, oyster mayo and kimchi taco (Terminus Hotel); Brazilian spiced sticky pork ribs with Westmont pickles (Richmond Club Hotel); sardine katsu sandwich on brioche (Prahran Hotel); toast’d toasties (Bridge Hotel); and classic Italian piadina (The Posty).
When: Sunday, 2nd April, midday-7pm.
Where: Bridge Hotel, Richmond.
Cost: $29 (includes $30 of food vouchers).
Enquiries: Sand Hill Road by phone (9428 5333).
Bookings / Further information: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival website.

Celebrating festivals of Spain

What: Explore the top five Spanish festivals with an exciting course to represent each one. Some may be familiar to you, others unknown. Añada’s chefs will start the journey in Sevilla with Feria de Abril, the April fair, before moving to Bunol, a little town near Valencia to celebrate La Tomatina, the tomato festival. After that, one of the lesser-known celebrations, La Fiesta de la Rosa del Azafrán, the saffron rose festival, celebrated in the Castilla La Mancha region. And what would be a celebration of Spanish festivals without the world-famous San Fermines, the running of the bulls in Pamploma? You will finish your journey in Spain’s third largest city (after Madrid and Barcelona) – Valencia – celebrating Las Fallas, the fire festival.
When: Wednesday, 5th April, 6-11pm.
Where: Añada, Fitzroy.
Cost: $65 (includes food).
Enquiries: Añada by phone (9415 6101).
Bookings / Further information: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival website.

Build your own coffee blend

What: Uncover the secrets of creating the perfect coffee blend in the roasting factory. Under the expert gaze of Knight Mattingly Coffee Roasters roasting team, step through different flavour profiles of single origin beans, crafting a balanced combination that suits your tastes. Leave with a kilo of your own personalised coffee blend and its recipe.
When: Thursday, 6th April, 2-5pm.
Where: Knight Mattingly Coffee Roasters, Coburg North.
Cost: $53.
Enquiries: Knight Mattingly Coffee Roasters by phone (9383 2100).
Bookings / Further information: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival website.

Orange is the new Blanc

What: Tyler Preston and Adam Trengrove will presenting a four-course ethical Asian barbecue, cooked and served in the beer garden of Dr Morse Bar & Eatery, with an option of matched natural wines, celebrating all things biodynamic, oxidative and artisan. Ticket includes four courses of asian inspired barbecued delights.
When: Thursday, 6th April, 5-9pm.
Where: Dr Morse Bar & Eatery, Abbotsford.
Cost: $38.
Enquiries: Dr Morse Bar & Eatery by phone (9416 1005).
Bookings / Further information: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival website.

Pizzini pop-up barrel room

What: Have you ever wanted to taste nebbiolo from the barrel? Wondered what Vin Santo is? Heard of the grape variety canaiolo? Join the Pizzini family to taste a selection of their wines, some straight from barrel, others that have been ageing in the cellar, and some new vintages. The event will feature a prosciutto bar where guests will be able to enjoy a plate of freshly sliced prosciutto.
When: Friday, 7th April, 4pm-midnight; also, Saturday, 8th April and Sunday, 9th April, both midday-midnight.
Where: Project 49, Collingwood.
Cost: $28 (includes wine tasting and prosciutto).
Enquiries: Pizzini Wines by phone (5729 8278).
Bookings / Further information: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival website.

Asian cuisine workshops

What: Six cooking demonstrations over the weekend that collectively take a culinary journey around Asia using produce from Box Hill Central Fresh Food Market. The Centre’s own chefs will be joined by some well-known celebrity chefs to present a series of cooking demonstrations exploring the exotic, and eclectic, flavours of Asia. You will learn key techniques and how to use interesting ingredients at home. You will also be able to taste the dishes demonstrated – and take home a gift bag full of product from Box Hill Central’s local retailers.
When: Dumplings – Saturday, 8th April, 10.30-11.15am.
Celebrity chefs – Saturday, 8th April, midday-12.45pm.
Japanese cuisine – Saturday, 8th April, 1.30pm-2.15pm.
Sushi – Sunday, 9th April, 10.30-11.15am.
Vegan cuisine – Sunday, 9th April, midday-12.45pm.
Taiwanese cuisine – Sunday, 9th April, 1.30pm-2.15pm.
Where: Box Hill Central.
Cost: $33 per demonstration.
Bookings / Further information: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival website.

South East Asia Festival

What: An annual celebration, the ASEAN Festival unites communities from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam by sharing their culinary and cultural heritage through food, music and dance. The festival will feature community projects involving ASEAN communities around Victoria, as well as authentic foods from Melbourne restaurants, traditional music contrasting with contemporary performances from ASEAN students currently studying in Melbourne, dance, games, social clubs and kids’ activities.
When: Saturday, 8th April and Sunday, 9th April, both 11am-5pm.
Where: Argyle Square, Carlton.
Cost: free.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival website.

Coffee workshop

What: Hosted by The Craft and Co’s in-house master coffee roaster, you will develop your knowledge and palate, gaining an appreciation of aromas, flavours and tastes. Understand the coffee making process, finishing with our house-made ricotta and pistachio cannoli.
When: Sunday, 9th April, 10am-midday.
Where: The Craft and Co, Collingwood.
Cost: $33.
Enquiries: The Craft and Co by phone (9417 4755).
Bookings / Further information: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival website.

Food photography masterclass

What: Together with Hunter & Barrel, Canon Australia and food stylist Kim Jane, Ringwood Camera House invite you to a food photography workshop where they will show you how to style, light and photograph food. Bring your mirrorless or DSLR camera.
When: Sunday, 9th April, 10am-midday and again at 2-4pm.
Where: Eastland Shopping Centre, Ringwood.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Ringwood Camera House by phone (9725 3816).
Bookings / Further information: Eventbrite.

Harveast

What: Harveast will be a one-day food and wine event showcasing chefs, producers and suppliers from the local region. Activities will include: a cellar door showcasing boutique wineries; a producers’ market offering the district’s freshest produce; chef masterclasses; and live entertainment. Trading time for stallholders and masterclasses will be from 10am-5pm. Live entertainment will kick-off from late afternoon into the evening.
When: Sunday, 9th April, 10am-9pm.
Where: Eastland Shopping Centre, Ringwood.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Eastland Shopping Centre by phone (9823 6100).
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival website.

Chef masterclass with Dan Wilson (Huxtaburger)

What: Get up-close and personal with Dan Wilson (Huxtaburger).
When: Sunday, 9th April, 11-11.45am.
Where: Eastland Shopping Centre, Ringwood.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Eastland Shopping Centre by phone (9823 6100).
Bookings / Further information: Eventbrite.

Chocolate connoisseur tasting experience

What: What you will learn: the process of bean to bar chocolate making. Where does chocolate come from? How is it made?; Define various flavour characteristics in single origin chocolates sourced from around the world; and see and smell fresh cacao pods. Take a chocolate tasting flight as we travel through 12 different countries. Learn where chocolate comes from and the bean to bar process of making chocolate. Let them take you through the tropical regions of Madagascar, Venezuela, Vietnam, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, and even Australia as you taste the single origin chocolates from these regions.
When: Sunday, 9th April at 11-11.45am, midday-12.45pm, 1-1.45pm, 2-2.45pm, 3.3.45pm and 4-4.45pm.
Where: Eastland Shopping Centre, Ringwood.
Cost: $10.
Enquiries: Eastland Shopping Centre by phone (9823 6100).
Bookings / Further information: WeTeachMe.

An hour with Stephanie Alexander

What: Watch as respected cookbook author and real food advocate, Stephanie Alexander goes ‘in conversation with food writer, Richard Cornish to reflect on her career; sharing
stories from her life as a chef, author and founder of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. During the session, Stephanie will bring to life recipes from The Cook’s Companion using fresh local bounty. The session concludes with a Q&A at 1pm and book signing at 2pm.
When: Sunday, 9th April, midday-1pm.
Where: Eastland Shopping Centre, Ringwood.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Eastland Shopping Centre by phone (9823 6100).
Bookings / Further information: Eventbrite.

Chef masterclass with Frank Camora (MoVida, Paco’s Tacos)

What: Get up-close and personal with Frank Camora (MoVida and Paco’s Tacos).
When: Sunday, 9th April, 12.30-13.15pm.
Where: Eastland Shopping Centre, Ringwood.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Eastland Shopping Centre by phone (9823 6100).
Bookings / Further information: Eventbrite.

Beer workshop

What: Take your passion for craft beers to another level with The Craft and Co’s specialists, as they discuss the beer making process. Includes a tour of their micro-brewery, tastings of their house-brewed beers and their specialty charcuterie and cheeses matched to beer.
When: Sunday, 9th April, 12.30-2.30pm.
Where: The Craft and Co, Collingwood.
Cost: $33.
Enquiries: The Craft and Co by phone (9417 4755).
Bookings / Further information: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival website.

Chef masterclass with Johnny Di Francesco (400 Gradi, Gradi East)

What: Get up-close and personal with Johnny Di Francesco (400 Gradi).
When: Sunday, 9th April, 2-2.45pm.
Where: Eastland Shopping Centre, Ringwood.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Eastland Shopping Centre by phone (9823 6100).
Bookings / Further information: Eventbrite.

Meet the baker (Burnham Bakery)

What: Meet the Baker from Burnham Bakery.
When: Sunday, 9th April, 3.30-4.15pm.
Where: Eastland Shopping Centre, Ringwood.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Eastland Shopping Centre by phone (9823 6100).
Bookings / Further information: Eventbrite.

Prosciutto workshop

What: Join local artisan producers, including The Craft and Co’s own chef Dom Marzano, as they share their knowledge on everything from selecting your pig to processing and curing. Then enjoy the different styles of prosciutto with wines from their winery in Bangholme.
When: Sunday, 9th April, 3-5pm.
Where: The Craft and Co, Collingwood.
Cost: $33.
Enquiries: The Craft and Co by phone (9417 4755).
Bookings / Further information: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival website.

New events – other

Edible gardening workshop

What: This workshop will focus on edible gardening in small spaces (courtyards, balconies, and backyards). Subjects to be covered include: site analysis – working out where in the garden is best to grow plants; vertical spaces and vertical gardens; raised garden beds – materials, design and wicking beds; soil and how to improve it; container gardening – common pitfalls for new gardeners; seeds vs seedlings and veggie patch layout; variety selection – heirloom vs hybrid vs GMO; organic fertilising regimes; mulch; and watering. Presented by Duncan Cocking, from Leaf, Root & Fruit Gardening Services. Duncan has a
science degree, majoring in Botany, and a Permaculture Design Certificate.
When: Saturday, 1st April, 11am-12.30pm.
Where: Box Hill Mall.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Daniel Vincent Smith, Whitehorse Council by phone (9262 6269) or email.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

How to grow veggies the Italian way!

What: 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; and how to best address problems in your veggie patch; such as pests and disease. What you will get: open forum to ask your gardening questions; guided tour of the farm; and packet of saved seeds. Optional extra ($40): lunch.
When: Sunday, 2nd April, and Sunday, 7th May, both 10am-1pm.
Where: The Farm Yarra Valley, Warrandyte South.
Cost: $65.
Bookings / Further information: WeTeachMe.

Edendale young farmers

What: A small group of children, 9- to 12-years-old, will have the opportunity to help Edendale’s farmers with the morning animal chores and experience what it is like to be a farmer. They will get up close to many of the farm animals and help in the daily care and feeding of these animals. The children will join in with a range of activities, including: letting out and feeding the poultry, collecting eggs and cleaning waterers; feeding the baby chicks; goat milking demonstration and feeding the goats; pony poo pickup and feeding the worm farms; hay feeding sheep, lambs, and Taffy the Jersey calf; and handling the guinea pigs and cleaning their cages. The children will need to come dressed in suitable clothing including long pants and solid footwear such as an old pair of joggers. A hat, raincoat, sunscreen and water bottle will also be required. A light morning tea will be provided. The children should understand that they are not here to play with the animals but are participating in important farm chores.
When: Thursday, 6th April, 9am-midday.
Where: Edendale.
Cost: $30.
Enquiries: Edendale by phone (9433 3711) or email.
Bookings / Further information: Edendale website.

Passata demonstration with Jean Garita

What: Jean Garita, matriarch of Joe’s Market Garden, will talk about how to make passata the traditional way of the Garita family.
When: Saturday, 8th April, 10-11.30am.
Where: Joe’s Market Garden, Coburg.
Cost: donation.
Enquiries / Bookings: Joe’s Market Garden by email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Wild food and medicine walk

What: Join The Perma Pixie on an outdoor adventure that will focus on identifying edible and medicinal weeds and wild food. Discover the properties and actions these plants have to nourish and heal, and discuss recipes and ways to prepare these plants for palatability and practicality.
When: Saturday, 8th April, 10am-midday.
Where: Merri Creek Trail, Northcote.
Cost: $20.
Enquiries: Taj Scicluna by phone (0450 375528) or email.
Bookings: TryBooking.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Edible gardening workshop

What: This workshop, which is the second in the series, will focus on edible gardening in small spaces (courtyards, balconies, and backyards). Subjects to be covered include: seasonality, a basic discussion around what to plant and when; planting and harvesting for year-round abundance; bugs – their importance to gardens and how to help to get the right balance; pest control; reducing waste in the garden; perennial food crop systems and small backyard orchards; and edible forest gardening. Presented by Duncan Cocking, from Leaf, Root & Fruit Gardening Services. Duncan has a science degree, majoring in Botany, and a Permaculture Design Certificate.
When: Saturday, 8th April, 11am-12.30pm.
Where: Box Hill Mall.
Cost: free.
Enquiries: Daniel Vincent Smith, Whitehorse Council by phone (9262 6269) or email.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Fundamentals of beekeeping (two-day)

What: This course is designed to provide new beekeepers with both the practical skills and the background knowledge to start beekeeping with confidence. The program encompasses both Langstroth and Flow hives and is suitable for all styles of beekeeping. No previous experience is required. The course runs over a full weekend with hive opening exercises each day. All sessions are highly interactive and include hands-on skill building. The course fee is $190. In addition, participants have to become members of The Beekeepers Club which, at a prorated cost, is around $17. Included in the course fee are a comprehensive handbook and a textbook (The Australian Beekeepers Manual). Lunches and light refreshments will be provided.
When: Saturday, 8th April and Sunday, 9th April, both 9.30am-4pm.
Where: Brunswick.
Cost: $207.
Enquiries: The Beekeepers Club by phone (0481 392798) or email.
Bookings / Further information: The Beekeepers Club website.

Weeds, plants and people

What: Why do some people spend so much effort trying to eradicate plants in certain circumstances, while other people nurture those very same species for food, medicine, or simple enjoyment of their beauty? Could there be a better way for us to live alongside the many wild plants we encounter in our gardens, farms and landscapes, than to wage war on them? A talk on the history of common plants by Dr John Dwyer.
When: Tuesday, 11th April, 7.30-8.30pm.
Where: University of Melbourne, Burnley Campus.
Cost: $15.
Enquiries: Friends of Burnley Gardens by phone (9035 6815) or email.
Bookings: just turn up.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Nettles with Monique Eve Miller

What: Nettles are an incredible plant, and you will walk away from this workshop with a new perspective on this plant. Monique will talk about ecological uses, identification, medicine uses and culinary uses of nettles. This workshop will include a tasting of prepared nettles. Take home some nettles and an information sheet about this plant.
When: Saturday, 29th April, 10.30am-midday.
Where: Joe’s Market Garden, Coburg.
Cost: $20.
Enquiries / Bookings: Monique by email.
Further information: LFC calendar entry.

Natural pest control with companion planting

What: What you will learn: learn which plants to grow together, and which ones not to; learn how to solve many common garden problems naturally; and learn how to construct ‘plant guilds’ (groups of plants that grow much better together). Presented by Angelo Eliades. With companion planting, by knowing which plants to grow together and which ones not to, you can grow stronger, healthier and more productive plants, improve soil quality, and reduce pests and diseases in your garden. Learn which companion plants to add to your garden to solve many common garden problems naturally, and find out how to construct ‘plant guilds’ (groups of plants that grow much better together) for more abundant harvests.
When: Saturday, 13th May, 9.30am-midday.
Where: BAAG Nursery, Bulleen.
Cost: $45.
Enquiries: BAAG nursery by phone (8850 3030).
Bookings / Further information: We Teach Me.

GABS Beer, Cider & Food Fest

What: Featuring more than 600 beers and ciders, up to 180 specially brewed Festival beers and ciders, the thriving Dan Murphy’s Marketplace, The Local Taphouse Craft College, Ariston Food & Drink Experience, plus the Little Creatures Live entertainment program.
When: Friday, 19th May, Saturday, 20th May and Sunday, 21st May, all midday-5pm; also Friday, 19th May and Saturday, 20th May, both 6.30-11.30pm.
Where: Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton.
Cost: $45.
Bookings: Festival website.
Further information: Festival website.

Bush foods & herbs for courtyards & balconies

What: What you will learn: which native produce-plants are suitable for growing in pots and small spaces; what to harvest and when; and how to use bush foods and herbs to flavour your dishes. Presented by Karen Sutherland, of Edible Eden Design. Australian native plants have flavour and aroma profiles unlike any others, and can be easily incorporated into your kitchen. Also, a wide range of them can be grown in Melbourne in pots or small and difficult spaces. In this class, which is ideal for those with limited garden space or even just a courtyard or balcony, you will explore the world of edible native Australian plants that are easy to grow in such spaces, attractive to look at and can easily add flavour and interest to your home-cooked dishes.All plants covered are suitable for Melbourne’s climate, and will be discussed in terms of how best to use and grow them in your garden.
When: Thursday, 25th May, 6.30-7.30pm.
Where: BAAG Nursery, Bulleen.
Cost: $45.
Enquiries: BAAG nursery by phone (8850 3030).
Bookings / Further information: We Teach Me.

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