Jul 252014

Local food-related events

Transition Thrive Training, Saturday and Sunday, July 26 & 27

A two-day interactive workshop, 9.15am for a 9.30 start to 5.30pm, Banyule Community Health, 21 Alamein Road, Heidelberg West. Bookings are essential, call Margot on 9432 4200.

Sustainable Macleod

The idea of the evening is to get together for some food and fun and chat about what to do in the next year apart from the veggie swap. Bring along some food to share at a pot luck dinner, 6:30pm, Monday July 28, 5 Fairlea Avenue, Macleod.

Thrive Community Garden, Diamond Creek

This Sunday, 27th of July, at 12 noon, please come along to the first working bee and picnic bbq on site at 31 Watkins Street. They are planning to build a few compost bins and spend some time mapping out where earthworks need to happen. There will also be a celebration of a $2000 grant received from Nillumbik Shire Council.

All Nations food forest planting day

Celebrate National Tree Day by attending and helping to plant trees at All Nations Park in Separation Street, Northcote, opposite Santa Maria College, this Sunday July 27, 1-4pm. Learn about different varieties of medicinal plants and fruit trees and how to plant them. For more information, contact Jules Martin on (03) 8470 8435 or jules.martin@darebin.vic.gov.au.

Edible workshops at BAAG
  • Saturday, 26 July – Grafting fruit trees.
  • Sunday, 27 July – Winter fruit tree maintenance.
  • Tuesday, 29 July – Gardening in schools professional development.
  • Saturday, 2 August – Successfully growing edibles by seed.
  • Sunday, 3 August – Backyard berries and vines.
  • Thursday, 21 August – Log-grown shiitake mushrooms.
  • Sunday, 24 August – Build a small water garden.
  • Saturday, 30 August – Preserving with citrus.
  • Saturday, 30 August – Veggie gardening for absolute beginners.
  • Sunday, 31 August – Bush foods: grow and cook.

For more information see their website.

Other food activities/information


Here is a comment from a participant of a recent workshop showing how to make kimchi.

“Kimchi takes a lot of chopping of different ingredients- much more complex than sauerkraut (and pre-soaking in salty water overnight) and it is much less salty than sauerkraut so am hoping it pickles in the right way and doesn’t go off.”

One for October section of your diary

The popular On the Hill festival is being held on Sunday 26 October 2014 with Made on the Hill celebrating all things created and produced locally! The theme for 2014 is ‘characters and imaginary creatures’. The following categories may appeal to Local Food Connect folk:

  • Fresh produce – edible fruit, eggs and vegetables.
  • Baking to the ‘characters and imaginary creatures’ theme – decorated cakes, sponges or biscuits etc.
  • Baking general – cakes, slices, biscuits, tarts and pies.
  • Preserves – jams, sauces, fruit, pickles, relish, liqueurs etc.
Open Food Network

Don’t forget to support this great enterprise supporting farmers of Victoria and elsewhere. See more at http://startsomegood.com/openfoodnetwork.