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Local food-related events

Home Harvest Feast

Home Harvest Feast
On Sunday 16 March, the Feast was held in the new performing arts hall at Eltham High School. The day was a wonderful celebration of home growing and cooking! Congratulations to all involved. If you missed our stars on Vasili’s garden, it is repeated again on C31 Friday at 3pm and Saturday at 2pm. C31 also have catch up TV so if you miss it you can catch it online.

The great venue was made even more special by Light and Sound Solutions who brought the room to life with photos and light projections. Thank you to local company Light and Sound Solutions for their sponsorship of this community event.

Eltham North Primary School Fete

Saturday 10 – 5pm. At the fete, there will be a home-made and home-grown market. You may also be able to look at their food gardens.

Parking for Eltham Food Swap

This Saturday morning access to Edendale along Gaston’s Road will be limited because of preparation to seal the new road. Parking in the Adventure playground area will also be difficult because of the above mentioned fete.

Setting up a basic pantry

Are you wanting to recharge your pantry, set it up differently, maybe for health reasons, or moving to a new house or whatever? Local cook and caterer Duang Tengtrirat will advise what the basic contents should be. Friday March 21, 2-3pm, Diamond Valley Library.

Tastings in the Eltham Mall

Saturday March 22, 10am-2pm. Several of the traders will be showcasing their products which are locally grown or made. This is another Harvest Month event!.

Rivers Local Community Fare

This Saturday, 10-2pm, several local producers will be selling their produce – Jam Lady Jam; Rustic Bakery; Yarra Valley Tea Company.

Harvest Skill Share @ Edendale

The final activity of the Harvest Month calendar will be a skill share day to be held at Edendale on Sunday 30 March from 1pm to 4pm. Home growers are invited to participate in the day by either sharing a skill related to harvesting, gardening or simply coming along to participate. The program includes two extended activities: a ‘soil lab’ where growers can learn more about the fascinating world of soil composition and a seed saving session. These will follow a rotational skill share session where skills will be demonstrated and discussed in a short 20-30 minute mini workshop, for example soft cheese making. Please contact Rachel Bishop on if you have a skill you’d like to share on the day. This event is free to 2014 Home Harvest Feast growers and $10 for non-growers. Bookings are now being taken. Call 9433 3711.

Local Harvest Challenge

Several local families are taking the Local Harvest Challenge. Some are very seriously searching for all food within a 100 mile radius. Others are allowing for around 10% of food to be sourced from other parts of Australia and 5% from overseas (particularly rice, which is difficult to grow sustainably in Australia). After the event we hope to have sourced more food which can be added to the Local Food Directory, as well as a list of where we can purchase things outside of the usual seasonal produce like salt, flour, cocoa, etc.


Several people have been making passata lately. Do you have a favourite recipe for preserving the tomato harvest in another way? Please send in and we shall add to our recipe page.

Rotary Local Food Night 2014

Thursday 10th of April, 6.30 for 7pm, Samson Hill Winery. The cost of the night is $55 per head – for 5 courses of quality local produce. Book no later than 27th March. For information or bookings, email or call Chris Chapple: 0407 431 366.

Other food activities/information

Growing on Council land

Incredible Edible Todmorden leads the way again by developing these guidelines with their local council.