Calendar of local events

 

Given the current coronavirus crisis, it is unlikely that many, if any, of these events will actually be happening.

View calendars for specific Council areas:
All areas    Banyule    Boroondara    City of Yarra    Darebin    Manningham    Maroondah    Moreland    Nillumbik    Whitehorse    Whittlesea    Yarra Ranges

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 clubs

Apr
12
Sun
Compost for beginners @ Alphington Food Hub
Apr 12 @ 09:00 – 10:30

Want to compost but not sure how? Confused about what can and can’t be composted? Put off by concerns about the smell of food waste? Not sure there is a solution for you because you are renting? Go to this workshop for all the answers.

Donations welcome.

Apr
17
Fri
Blokes in the kitchen @ Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre
Apr 17 @ 08:00 – 12:00

Learn to prepare simple meals with other blokes under Pieter’s guidance. Enjoy a shared meal and conversation to finish the session.

Apr
18
Sat
Sourdough bread baking @ CERES
Apr 18 @ 09:00 – 17:00

What you will learn:

  • How to make your own bread.
  • How to make your own handmade pizzas.
  • More about sourdough.

What you will learn:

  • Handmade pizzas for lunch.
  • Your own bread to take home and some leaven.
  • Recipes.

Presenter: Ken Hercott.

Beeswax wraps @ Princes Hill Community Centre
Apr 18 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Learn to make your own beeswax wraps.

Wild fermentation class (pickling and sauerkraut) @ Edible Forest Yarra Valley Estate
Apr 18 @ 10:00 – 12:30

Louise will lead you through the techniques and importance of incorporating good gut health into your diet. You will sample and learn how to make fermented foods such as pickling, exploring the art of fermenting your own vegetables, and how to easily introduce these and other fermented foods such as miso into your diet for better gut health. After the class, enjoy a guided Edible Forest tour.

Home composting workshop @ Edendale
Apr 18 @ 14:00 – 16:30

Presenter: Dianne Gordon. Learn how composting, worm farming and the use of particular plants can naturally improve your soil. Discover how to compost and worm farm effectively for the best results. Understand how recycling your household and garden organic waste (including dog poo!) can benefit the life within your soil.

Apr
19
Sun
Small space composting @ Alphington Food Hub
Apr 19 @ 09:30 – 11:00

They will show you some ideas for managing your food scraps when space is a premium. They even have some low budget options that you can make yourself if cash supply is restricted.

Donations welcome.

Blue cheese making @ CERES
Apr 19 @ 10:00 – 16:00

What you will learn:

  • How to make blue cheese.
  • How to make sour cream.
  • How to make your own ricotta cheese.

Presenters: Janet Clayton and Charlene Angus from Cheeselinks.

Feta, halloumi and ricotta cheesemaking workshop @ Bee Sustainable
Apr 19 @ 12:00 – 15:30

What you will learn:

  • The fundamentals of fermenting milk.
  • Coagulating milk using both starter cultures and rennet.
  • Cutting, draining and moulding curds.

What you will get:

  • Recipes and notes.
  • A tasting of the cheeses made.
  • A 20% discount on cheesemaking kits and equipment.

Presenter: Jacqueline Bender.

Backyard beekeeping basics @ CERES
Apr 19 @ 13:30 – 15:30

Presenter: Benedict Hughes. This workshop will provides you with an insight into the skills and experience required to safely and effectively manipulate a bee hive. Topics to be discussed will include: protective clothing and occupational health and safety; hive components and assembly; bee biology and seasonal management; legislation; diseases and pests of bees; extracting honey; inspecting hive for disease; purchasing hives; and other products from the hive.

Food photography @ Eltham Living and Learning Centre
Apr 19 @ 14:00 – 17:00

This class is for food bloggers, bakers or restaurant/cafe owners. It will focus on taking great images of food using your own, or easily obtainable, equipment. It will cover such aspects as: the right equipment; the best camera settings to make your food look good; choosing the right backgrounds; lighting; basic food styling; being creative; the perils of incorrect white balance; and using software to enhance colour and presentation.

Apr
20
Mon
Biodiversity and sustainable food systems @ CERES
Apr 20 @ 10:00 – 16:00

What you will learn:

  • What is biodiversity and why preserve it.
  • How to measure habitat quality.
  • Nature connection activities.

Presenters: Lorna Pettifer and Chris Ennis.

Apr
21
Tue
Kids cooking club – pasta salad @ Thomastown Library
Apr 21 @ 16:00 – 17:00

To celebrate their new kitchen garden, they will be teaching kids how to make pasta salad and salad dressing. Kids must be aged 7+ and parents must be present.

Apr
23
Thu
Bee keeping for beginners @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Apr 23 @ 18:30 – 21:00

What you will learn:

  • The A-Z of keeping your own bees.
  • The equipment you’ll need to do so.
  • Handy hints and tips from an experienced bee keeper.

Presented by Karen Sutherland, of Edible Eden Design. This class will help you understand the decisions needed before you start, and the amount of work involved.

Apr
24
Fri
FOGO community launch party – with Costa @ The Camberwell Parkview Room
Apr 24 @ 18:00 – 20:30

The Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) program will allow residents on Boroondara to put both food waste and garden waste in the same bin for a weekly collection. Go to this night of celebration. In addition to Costa and FOGO talks, there will be food, drinks and music.

Apr
25
Sat
Edible weeds walk @ Precise location to be given upon booking
Apr 25 @ 10:30 – 12:30

This walk will take place twice on the day, at 10.30am and at 1.30m.

What if many of the weeds in our garden were just as edible as the vegetables we tend beside them? What if some of these free, all-too-easy-to-grow uninvited guests were so nutritionally dense that they are just about the healthiest things you could possibly eat? What if many of them also had medical traditions dating back centuries?

Well it’s all true! And if you know what to choose, they also taste great. Join Adam Grubb, co-author of The Weed Forager’s Handbook, for a fascinating walk on the wild side, foraging for edible weeds.

Edible weeds walk @ Precise location to be given upon booking
Apr 25 @ 13:30 – 15:30

This walk will take place twice on the day, at 10.30am and at 1.30m.

What if many of the weeds in our garden were just as edible as the vegetables we tend beside them? What if some of these free, all-too-easy-to-grow uninvited guests were so nutritionally dense that they are just about the healthiest things you could possibly eat? What if many of them also had medical traditions dating back centuries?

Well it’s all true! And if you know what to choose, they also taste great. Join Adam Grubb, co-author of The Weed Forager’s Handbook, for a fascinating walk on the wild side, foraging for edible weeds.

Apr
26
Sun
Gluten free kitchen skills @ CERES
Apr 26 @ 10:00 – 15:00

Presenter: Melanie Leeson, from Mettle + Grace. After an introduction to gluten-free flours and their texture, taste and how to use them, you will have the opportunity to cook a collection of recipes, including: a cake using your own gluten-free flour blend; crackers to pair with a seasonal dip; pizzas; and a short-crust pastry dough for quiche. At the end, the class will sit down to eat lunch together.

Pruning and care of fruit trees @ CERES
Apr 26 @ 10:00 – 15:00

What you will learn:

  • How to grow a variety of fruit and nut trees in your backyard.
  • Pruning techniques.
  • Pest and disease management.

Presenter: Justin Calverley.

Apr
28
Tue
Asian flavours in your thermomix @ Chirnside Park Community Hub
Apr 28 @ 19:30 – 21:30

Their demonstrations will include spring rolls and laksa. Tastings will be available.

Apr
30
Thu
Nonna & Mum’s homestyle cooking class @ Furlan Club
Apr 30 @ 19:30 – 22:30
May
1
Fri
Introduction to therapeutic horticulture workshop @ Kevin Heinze GROW
May 1 @ 09:30 – 13:00

This workshop will cover the history and rationale of therapeutic horticulture, the importance of nature for our well-being, some practical tips and how to design a program using therapeutic horticulture principles. The workshop will be presented by horticultural therapists, Dr Chris Reed, Mel Holmes and Kate Eekhof.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 1 @ 14:30 – 15:30

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.

May
2
Sat
Native plants for food and medicine @ Bulleen Art and Garden
May 2 @ 09:30 – 12:30

What you will learn:

  • Traditional Indigenous lifestyles and healing practices pre European settlement.
  • Traditional ways of using various Indigenous plants for medicinal purposes.
  • Promising new research into their potential medical applications.

Presented by Gaby Harris. Indigenous Australians have been using native plants and animals for tens of thousands of years as sources of food and medicine. With European settlement much of this knowledge was lost or ignored, but there is now growing interest in relearning these traditional healing methods. More research is being carried out to see how we can grow, harvest and utilise our Indigenous plants for foods, medicines, cosmetics and more. This class will introduce you to some of the well-known, as well as some more obscure, Indigenous Australian plants, teach you how they were once used, and how you can use them now. You will be able to see, smell and taste a variety of these amazing plants and learn where you can find them and how to cook with them.

Become a junior chocolatier @ Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
May 2 @ 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.

No Waste Cook Club @ North Fitzroy Library
May 2 @ 10:00 – 12:00

This workshop will help you to reduce food waste at home. You will cook a vegetarian lunch together and learn to save money, get creative with veggies, be more adaptable in the kitchen, and learn about the wonders of compost.

If you are not able to attend the workshop in the morning, you are welcome to share a free lunch with them afterwards at 1pm.

Persian cooking @ Living And Learning @ Ajani
May 2 @ 10:00 – 12:30

Learn to cook a three course Persian menu. Take your own apron.

Truffle workshop at Ratio Cocoa Roasters @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 2 @ 10:30 – 12:00

A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting. Then make your own milk or dark truffles with a selection of toppings.

Dumplings masterclass @ Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre
May 2 @ 11:00 – 15:00

Join Angie, from The Humble Dumpling, as she takes you through how to make the perfect dumpling. Topics to be covered will include: introduction to ingredients and the world of dumplings; how to make the dough by hand; how to make 3 types of filling including: meat, seafood and vegetarian; how to fold, pleat and cook the dumplings using different methods; and how to share the joys of making and eating food together. Enjoy a simple meal at the end of your dumpling experience.

Chocolate workshop at Ratio Cocoa Roasters @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 2 @ 13:00 – 16:00

A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting. Then make your own milk or dark truffles with a selection of toppings. Then learn how to make vanilla marshmallow and create snowman hot chocolates in a jar. Finally, design your own inclusion chocolate bars from a selection of around 25 sweet or savoury toppings.

May
3
Sun
Composting and worm farming workshop @ Boroondara Council Offices (Boroondara Room)
May 3 @ 09:30 – 12:00

Learn about the different composting and worm farming options (including low maintenance pet waste composting), how to set them up and how to maintain them successfully. A Boroondara Council Waste Education Officer will be on hand to chat about the new Boroondara FOGO (Food Organics, Garden Organics) collections.

Fermentation @ CERES
May 3 @ 10:00 – 12:00

What you will learn:

  • The basics to successfully start fermenting vegetables at home.
  • Ideas about creating your own fermented condiments.
  • How to use fermented products in day to day life.

What you will get:

  • Two jars of vegetables that you will prepare in class and take home to ferment.
  • Samples of fermented products to taste in class.
  • Notes and recipes.

Presenter: Monique.

Kalorama Chestnut Festival @ Kalorama Memorial Reserve
May 3 @ 10:00 – 16:00

Savour the abundant chestnuts, gourmet food, Devonshire tea, coffee, artisan beer and mulled wine. Explore the diverse range of stalls showcasing locally-made handcrafts and produce. Children can enjoy the fun rides and adventure play space. The activities will include: roasted chestnuts; poffertjes; Devonshire tea and homemade cakes; sausage sizzle; local restaurant food stalls; artisan beer (including chestnut beer!) and mulled wine; coffee, tea and chai; bungy jump trampolines; train rides’ flying swings; petting zoos; old-fashioned kids games; raffles; local handmade crafts; local produce; and live music and performances.

Organic gardening for beginners @ Edendale
May 3 @ 10:00 – 15:00

Presenter: Donna Livermore. You will explore: deciding where to grow and what to grow in; how to prepare your soil and potting mixes; plant needs and growing with the seasons; choosing what to plant and when; propagating your own plants and growing from seeds and seedlings; and different planting strategies (crop rotation, companion planting).

May
6
Wed
The science of composting @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
May 6 @ 09:00 – 11:00

Presenter: Ellen Regos from Cultivating Community. The workshop will go beyond the basics of composting and allow you to really hone in on your home composting skills and increase your knowledge to help grow and expand your systems.

Book by phone (9703 5288).

Love food hate waste workshop @ Fountain View Room, Whittlesea Civic Centre
May 6 @ 18:00 – 19:30

Make the most of food scraps and leftovers to turn them into meals. Presenter Kirsty Bishop-Fox, from Sustainable Pathways, will share her simple tricks to make the most of the food you purchase. Go and be surprised at what small changes you can make to reduce food waste, save money and feel good playing your part in the war on waste.

May
7
Thu
Bush foods & herbs for courtyards & balconies @ Bulleen Art and Garden
May 7 @ 18:30 – 21:00

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.

Beatrix bakes @ Brunswick Library
May 7 @ 19:45 – 20:45

Beatrix Bakes is Natalie Paull’s bakery as well as the name of her first cookbook. Natalie will discuss her cooking adventures and motivate you to break the baking mould.

Registrations essential.

May
8
Fri
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 8 @ 14:30 – 15:30

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.

May
9
Sat
Olive magic @ Bulleen Art and Garden
May 9 @ 09:30 – 12:30

What you will learn:

  • Improve your culinary knowledge.
  • Learn how to preserve olives.
  • Understand and experience different techniques for preserving olives.

Presented by Lucy Marasco. Transform bitter unpalatable olives into gourmet delights! This hands-on workshop will show you a variety of different ways Italians use to preserve green olives straight from the tree.

Beginner compost, worm farm and bokashi workshop @ Yarrunga Community Centre
May 9 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Learn how to turn your waste into a valuable resource for your garden. This workshop will provide you with all the information you need to set up and maintain each of compost, worm farm and bokashi systems.

Book by phone (9703 5288).

Big Vegan Market @ Royal Exhibition Building
May 9 @ 10:00 – 18:00

Shop from a huge variety of 100% vegan products, with around 200 stalls. The 2019 stallholders included Billy van Creamy (Fitzroy North), Curry Favour (Hawthorn), PoppySmack (Warrandyte) and The Mrs & Co (Mount Evelyn).

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