Calendar of local events

 

Given the current coronavirus crisis, some of these events might not actually be happening.

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View calendars for specific types of event (and the key to the colour coding):
All events    All once-off events (Cooking, Everything else, Free)    Community gardens    Food swaps    Free meals    Markets    Farmers’ markets    Garden tours   Garden clubs

Apr
20
Tue
The Community Grocer, Fitzroy
Apr 20 @ 09:00 – 13:00

The Community Grocer aims to improve access for people living on a low-income to fresh, affordable food. They do this by running weekly fruit and vegetable markets across Melbourne. Everyone is welcome.

Intro to urban farming (8 sessions) @ Bridge Darebin
Apr 20 @ 09:30 – 13:30

8 sessions, each 9am-1pm, starting Tuesday, 20th April and ending Tuesday, 8th June.

Get your hands dirty and learn the skills necessary to work on micro farms, residential edible gardens and community gardens. Subjects to be covered include: wicking beds, mushroom growing, hydroponics systems, crop planning, water/soil/pest management and plant propagation.

Doncaster Hill Community Garden meetup @ Doncaster Hill Community Garden
Apr 20 @ 10:00 – 11:30

Click here to read about the garden.

Community dinner (Croydon) @ St John the Divine Anglican Church
Apr 20 @ 18:00 – 19:30

Guests can enjoy a substantial nutritious two-course meal.

Pasta e basta! @ La Cucina di Sandra
Apr 20 @ 18:30 – 22:30

What you will learn:

  • How to create, mix and match different types of pasta and sauces.
  • How to incorporate Australian ingredients into classic Italian dishes.

What you will get:

  • A three-course meal with a complimentary glass of wine, plus finger food before the meal.
  • A full set of recipes for all dishes.
Food Not Bombs, Collingwood @ Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Apr 20 @ 19:30 – 21:30

Food Not Bombs Melbourne is part of a worldwide movement that cooks and distributes vegan organic food to anyone and everyone, without restriction. It bases itself in Brunswick, gathers leftover organic fruit and vegetables from Queen Victoria Market and elsewhere, gives some to worthy causes, then cooks up the rest and serves it on the streets of Coburg and Collingwood. They would welcome more people to help them cook the meals (you can cook what you like or help someone else cook). The cooking starts 2 hours before the serving times.

Apr
21
Wed
Introduction to gardening (8 sessions) @ Diamond Valley Learning Centre
Apr 21 @ 09:30 – 12:00

8 sessions on consecutive Wednesdays starting 21st April, each 9.30am-midday.

This introductory course will provide the practical skills and knowledge in a broad range of tasks in gardening work including safe handling and use of pesticides, general workplace safety, skills in propagation, compost making, tending plants, treating weeds and irrigation.

Span Community House Community Garden group (Thornbury) @ Span Community House
Apr 21 @ 10:00 – 12:00

No garden of your own? Would you like be able to share some fresh produce? Go along and join Span’s gardening team. Wheelchair accessible, fun and supportive. You just need your skills, or want to develop skills.

Click here to read about the garden.

Community lunch (Greensborough) @ All Saints Anglican Church
Apr 21 @ 12:00 – 13:30

Whether you are a local worker, live locally, are a church member or just looking for a place to have a meal – they welcome you to their monthly community meal. Their desire is to create a safe space for all people to connect, be encouraged and feel cared for as a valued member of our local community.

Community lunch (Whittlesea) @ New Horizons Church (at the rear of the church)
Apr 21 @ 12:00 – 13:00

They provide a comfortable and welcoming environment where you can receive wholesome meals and friendship. Succulent soups please the palate in Winter and, in Summer, savouries are the order of the day.

Macleod Community Garden working bee @ Macleod Organic Community Garden
Apr 21 @ 13:00 – 16:00

Click here to read about the garden.

Community dinner (Croydon) @ St John the Divine Anglican Church
Apr 21 @ 17:30 – 19:00

The meal is provided undercover at the front of the church by either New Community Ringwood Church or UrbanLife. It consists of soup, then BBQ hamburgers with bread rolls and salad, followed by dessert (usually a selection of cakes). Tea and coffee is available through the night.

Food Not Bombs, Coburg @ outside of Coburg Library
Apr 21 @ 18:30 – 20:30

Food Not Bombs Melbourne is part of a worldwide movement that cooks and distributes vegan organic food to anyone and everyone, without restriction. It bases itself in Brunswick, gathers leftover organic fruit and vegetables from Queen Victoria Market and elsewhere, gives some to worthy causes, then cooks up the rest and serves it on the streets of Coburg and Collingwood. They would welcome more people to help them cook the meals (you can cook what you like or help someone else cook). The cooking starts 2 hours before the serving times.

In praise of veg @ Richmond Theatrette
Apr 21 @ 18:30 – 20:15

Join Alice Zaslavsky in conversation about her new book In Praise of Veg, which comprises plant-based recipes. Alice will talk about the joy of cooking and eating veggies, share some plant-based cooking tips and tricks, reveal some of her favourite plant-based restaurants and cafes, and importantly, talk about why eating more plants is one way we can take action on the climate emergency.

Apr
22
Thu
Edible Hub meetup (Hurstbridge) @ Hurstbridge Community Hub
Apr 22 @ 09:30 – 11:00

Anyone is welcome to attend and no ongoing commitment to the garden is required.

Click here to read about the garden.

Living & Learning Nillumbik Community Veggie Garden @ Nillumbik Living & Learning Centre
Apr 22 @ 09:30 – 11:00

Feel free to drop by to have a look at the garden, to find out more and to meet the garden coordinator, Trevor.

Click here to read about the garden.

SEEDs Garden Club (Brunswick) working bee @ SEEDs Communal Garden
Apr 22 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Everyone welcome. Help them continue to transform their garden into an edible, beautiful and educational sanctuary for all who pass through their gates.

Click here to read about the garden.

Community lunch (Carlton North) @ Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre
Apr 22 @ 12:45 – 13:45

Share a healthy home-cooked lunch and chat with fellow community members and Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre staff.

A night in Rome @ La Cucina di Sandra
Apr 22 @ 18:30 – 22:30

What you will learn:

  • How to prepare authentic authentic Roman dishes.
  • How to adapt Australian ingredients to Italian dishes.

What you will get:

  • A three-course meal with a complimentary glass of wine, plus finger food before the meal.
  • A full set of recipes for all dishes.
Dumpling party @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Apr 22 @ 18:30 – 20:30

This is a hands-on cooking experience teaching you how to make dumplings from scratch. Sit and eat together at the end with a glass of sparkling wine. The ingredients for the various dumplings will include a wide range of spices, seasonings, vegetables, meats and seafood.

The joy of backyard chooks @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Apr 22 @ 18:30 – 21:00

What you will learn:

  • How to get started with keeping chickens in a suburban backyard.
  • How to house and protect chooks from predators.
  • How chooks can be used to improve your garden and soil.

Presented by Tess Gosling. Keeping a few chooks in the backyard used to be a staple of Australian suburban life, and their eggs made up a healthy part of our diet. But even though our house blocks might be shrinking, a smaller backyard doesn’t necessarily mean an end to raising or enjoying them. In this class, you will find out just how easy it is to keep a few hens as pets and as the ultimate garden recyclers, as well as everything you need to know about housing, protecting and feeding them, and lots of practical ideas on how to live harmoniously with them in your garden. Suitable for those who have never kept chooks before.

Community dinner (Lilydale) @ Lilydale Showgrounds, Main Street<br>(mid Sep to mid May); The Chapel,<br>42-44 Castella Street (mid May to mid Sep).
Apr 22 @ 19:00 – 21:00

FoodStop creates a safe and positive environment for those needing a meal and/or social interaction.

Whilst FoodStop is usually located at the entrance to the Lilydale Showgrounds, in the colder months (mid May to mid September), it is in The Chapel at 42-44 Castella Street, Lilydale.

Apr
23
Fri
The Community Grocer, Carlton
Apr 23 @ 08:00 – 12:00

The Community Grocer aims to improve access for people living on a low-income to fresh, affordable food. They do this by running weekly fruit and vegetable markets across Melbourne. Everyone is welcome.

West Brunswick Community Garden weekly meetup
Apr 23 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Click here to read about the garden.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Apr 23 @ 12:00 – 13:30

A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting.

Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.

Pizza making party @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Apr 23 @ 14:00 – 16:00

Learn to craft your own pizza dough from scratch. Taste a variety of topping combinations. Eat together at the end with a couple of glasses of wine.

Community dinner (Heidelberg West) @ St Pius
Apr 23 @ 18:00 – 20:30

This is a weekly event, on every Friday evening except for the 3rd Friday of each month and public holidays. See the Salt Foundation’s Facebook page for details about each week’s particular meal. Dinner is usually served at 6.30pm, with coffee and nibbles starting 5.30pm or 6pm.

Middle Eastern cooking @ Park Orchards Community House & Learning Centre
Apr 23 @ 18:00 – 21:30

Learn about the flavours of Middle Eastern cooking. Try out recipes and cooking methods while preparing a three course menu. Stay and share your freshly prepared dinner with the group.

Indian cooking master class @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Apr 23 @ 18:30 – 21:30

This is a hands-on cooking experience with an expert cooking instructor. Explore the fundamentals of cooking ingredients, spices and flavour profile, then enjoy with complimentary wine or beer. The menu: chicken tikka masala, prawn curry masala, naan, mint raita and palak paneer.

Apr
24
Sat
Abbotsford Convent Farmers’ Market @ Abbotsford Convent
Apr 24 @ 08:00 – 13:00
Coburg Farmers’ Market @ Coburg Primary School
Apr 24 @ 08:00 – 13:00
Growing high profit crops @ Joe’s Market Garden
Apr 24 @ 09:00 – 13:00

Learn how to grow high profit crops with Farmer Ben including: bed preparation; farm toolkit; how to build a polytunnel; working with a BCS walk behind tractor; choosing crops; and pest control.

St Andrews Market @ Corner of Kangaroo Ground/St Andrews and Heidelberg/Kinglake Roads
Apr 24 @ 09:00 – 15:00

Dogs not permitted.

The Community Grocer, Heidelberg West @ Bell Street Mall
Apr 24 @ 09:00 – 13:00

The Community Grocer aims to improve access for people living on a low-income to fresh, affordable food. They do this by running weekly fruit and vegetable markets across Melbourne. Everyone is welcome.

The Fitzroy Mills Market
Apr 24 @ 09:00 – 14:00

Every Saturday except during January.

Autumn plant sale @ Eltham Community & Reception Centre
Apr 24 @ 10:00 – 16:00

Organised by Australian Plants Society – Yarra Yarra, there will be sales of native and indigenous plants plus books.

The plant sellers will include: APS Yarra Yarra growers; La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary nursery; Natural Plantscape Nursery; Sunvalley Plants Nursery; and Vaughan’s Australian Plants.

Become a junior chocolatier @ Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Apr 24 @ 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 three chocolate creations to enjoy.

Blackburn North Food Swap @ Community Kitchen, NewHope Baptist Church
Apr 24 @ 10:00 – 11:00
Dumpling party @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Apr 24 @ 10:00 – 12:00

This is a hands-on cooking experience teaching you how to make dumplings from scratch. Sit and eat together at the end with a glass of sparkling wine. The ingredients for the various dumplings will include a wide range of spices, seasonings, vegetables, meats and seafood.

Heathmont Seed and Crop Swap @ Tables Community Garden, Heathmont Baptist Church
Apr 24 @ 10:00 – 11:30

Organised by Outer Eastern Permaculture Swap. For the latest updates, see their Facebook page.

Heidelberg Food Swap @ St Johns Riverside Community Garden, St Johns Anglican Church
Apr 24 @ 10:00 – 11:00

 

Hurstbridge Food Swap @ Edible Hub Hurstbridge
Apr 24 @ 10:00 – 11:00

 

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