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Feb
22
Thu
Nonna & Mum’s cooking class @ The Thorn 3071
Feb 22 @ 19:00 – 22:00
Feb
23
Fri
High rise baking @ Highett Street Community Garden
Feb 23 @ 10:00 – 13:00

Join them to make social connections, learn new skills and create baked items for the Caravan Cafe – a social enterprise pop up cafe each Friday run by Belgium Avenue Neighbourhood House.

Introduction to beekeeping @ Edendale
Feb 23 @ 10:30 – 11:30

This workshop will provide an introduction to bees and beekeeping for those considering introducing a beehive into their home garden, including: an overview of bee lifecycles; seasonal behaviour and the importance of bees in our world. Find out what is involved in becoming a beekeeper for the first time- including equipment, regulations and safety.

Presenter: Bronwyn Woods from Bob’s Beekeeping Supplies.

Urban farm excursion @ Private address to be notified on booking
Feb 23 @ 11:00 – 13:00

Take a tour of The Veggie Empire’s local urban farm. Meet the farm’s team, take a tour with Josh and Scott, harvest fresh produce, and then join Chika from Greenhills in the gardens for a lunch made and enjoyed on-site.

Organised by Greenhills Neighbourhood House.

Cooking with Australian ingredients master class @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Feb 23 @ 14:00 – 17:00

This is a hands-on cooking experience with an expert cooking instructor. Learn about some bush foods, watch some cooking demonstrations, then enjoy eating the food with a complementary drink.

The menu: smoked kangaroo tenderloin or lamb racks; murray cod or barramundi steamed in banana leaf; damper ‘flatbread’ with mountain pepper; and bush pesto and goat’s cheese dip.

Pizza making party @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Feb 23 @ 18:30 – 20:30

Learn to craft your own pizza dough from scratch. Taste a variety of topping combinations. Eat together at the end with complimentary drinks. Take home some dough balls.

Feb
24
Sat
Yusheng and dumplings @ Strathdon House and Orchard Precinct
Feb 24 @ 11:00 – 13:00

Exploring the world of vegetarian cooking in this Chinese New Year celebration: yusheng and dumplings. Taste and take home your creations.

Rare, vintage and cellared @ 3 Ravens Brewery
Feb 24 @ 13:00 – 15:00

3 Ravens will showcase 12 of their rare, vintage and cellared brews.

Spanish cooking master class @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Feb 24 @ 14:00 – 17:00

This is a hands-on cooking experience with an expert cooking instructor. Learn about Spanish cuisine, watch some cooking demonstrations, then enjoy eating the food with a complementary drink.

The menu: ham and cheese croquettes or salt cod croquettes; rice with seafood and chicken; capsicum sauce; and ham and manchego toast.

Feb
25
Sun
Italian cooking master class @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Feb 25 @ 10:00 – 13:00

This is a hands-on cooking experience with an expert cooking instructor. Learn about Italian cuisine, watch some cooking demonstrations, then enjoy eating the food with a complementary drink.

The menu: eggplant and ricotta cooked with tomato sauce; fresh egg pasta; stewed beef chuck; and veal or pork cutlet with rocket salad.

Mexican cooking @ CERES
Feb 25 @ 10:00 – 15:00

You will learn how to work with fresh seasonal ingredients, traditional spices and ancient grains to create authentic Mexican meals. At the end of the workshop, you will sit down together for a shared feast of your own making. The menu will include corn tortillas (make your own), guacamole, traditional salsa verde, Mexican rice, re-fried pinto beans, Juanita’s pulled pork tacos, mole poblano (with chicken) and agua de jamaica.

Presenter: Juanita from Juanita’s Kitchen.

Mushrooms growing @ CERES
Feb 25 @ 10:00 – 16:00

In this hands-on introductory workshop, you will learn: the secrets to successfully growing oyster mushrooms at home; inoculation, sterilisation and basic mycology; and how to start master cultures.

Presenter: Buttons Mira from The Mushroomery.

Thai BBC classics @ Under the Pickle Tree
Feb 25 @ 10:00 – 14:00

You will re-create Thailand’s flame-grilled Isaan chicken with a coriander pepper paste marinade and green papaya salad and sticky rice and a side dish of north-eastern eggplant or fish laab. You will learn: using a mortar and pestle to bruise green papaya; lighting and tending charcoal; and how to use a sticky rice powder to add a textural element to your salads.

At the end, eat a shared lunch with a local beverage of your choice.

Presenter: Kelly Meredith from Under The Pickle Tree.

Zero waste cooking workshop @ Brunswick Neighbourhood House
Feb 25 @ 10:00 – 13:00

Learn cooking techniques and recipes that lead to zero waste cooking, getting the most out of produce in order to be both environmentally and financially sustainable.

Presenter: Tony Chiodo. Organised by Brunswick Neighbourhood House.

Rosa’s cooking class
Feb 25 @ 10:15 – 15:00
Community food aid festival @ Edendale
Feb 25 @ 11:00 – 15:00

There will be some information stalls where you can learn about some of the local food aid organisations plus issues of food insecurity and food waste. They will be launching their Creative community cookbook – fighting waste and fighting hunger. There will also be food, music and activities for children (such as face painting).

Organised by Diamond Valley Community Support.

FFS … ferment four staples @ The Fermentary
Feb 25 @ 11:30 – 16:30

This is a fermenting ‘101’ class, where you will learn about salt, different preserving techniques, two of the most popular cabbage recipes (kraut and kimchi), a drink (kvass) and all about SCOBYs, with a focus on milk kefir. At the end, you will sit down for a chat and a bite to eat, including fermented foods and drinks to taste.

You will take home everything you make during the class: kimchi, sauerkraut, milk kefir butter, milk kefir with SCOBY, whey soda and kvass.

Flavours of Latin America cooking master class @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Feb 25 @ 14:00 – 16:30

This is a hands-on cooking experience with an expert cooking instructor. Learn about Latin American cuisine, watch some cooking demonstrations, then enjoy eating the food with a complementary drink.

The menu: Peruvian lime-cured Fish with sweet potato; Venezuelan corn bread; Venezuelan stewed shredded beef and black beans; Puerto Rican steamed plantain and chicken dumplings; and sponge cake soaked in milk.

Palestinian dinner with chef Aheda @ Lupine Agency
Feb 25 @ 18:00 – 21:00

This is a sit-down dinner with Palestinian chef Aheda, where you will both celebrate the many flavours of Palestinian cuisine and have an evening of cultural immersion and culture preservation.

Feb
27
Tue
Cook to connect @ Kathleen Syme Library
Feb 27 @ 11:00 – 13:00

oin Jane, dietician from CoHealth, to learn new tips and tricks for cooking healthy and delicious meals, even without all the bells and whistles of a full kitchen. This is a social, no cost session where all experience levels are welcome. Go and cook your lunch, and then eat it too.

Wangim cups @ Reservoir Library
Feb 27 @ 18:30 – 19:30

Learn about the Wangim Cup project – a circular economy, zero waste, re-usable coffee cup initiative in Darebin.

Local cafes from across Darebin can participate. Patrons can use a cup at no extra cost and all you need to do is return the cup to any participating Wangim cafe.

Feb
28
Wed
Complete urban farmer (14 sessions) @ CERES
Feb 28 @ 09:00 – 15:00

14 sessions over a period of a 14 weeks.

The topics to be covered will include: permaculture; fruit production; soil preparation; beekeeping; composting, worm farming and fertilisers; vegetable growing; propagation; seed collection; pest & disease management; bushfoods & berries; chooks; and community gardens.

Presenter: Justin Calverley.

Cooking with Australian ingredients master class @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Feb 28 @ 14:00 – 17:00

This is a hands-on cooking experience with an expert cooking instructor. Learn about some bush foods, watch some cooking demonstrations, then enjoy eating the food with a complementary drink.

The menu: smoked kangaroo tenderloin or lamb racks; murray cod or barramundi steamed in banana leaf; damper ‘flatbread’ with mountain pepper; and bush pesto and goat’s cheese dip.

Feb
29
Thu
Kombucha brewing workshop @ The Good Brew Company
Feb 29 @ 19:00 – 23:00

Learn how to brew your own kombucha. Plus, receive your own kombucha SCOBY starter kit to create your own brew.

Mar
1
Fri
No waste cook club 18-25 years (4 sessions) @ Schoolhouse Studios
Mar 1 @ 11:00 – 14:00

On Fridays, starting 1st March, 11am-2pm. For those aged 18-25.

Each week, you will cook and share a vegetarian meal with others using donated surplus food. In so doing, you will learn different recipes and cooking skills, including: cook healthy plant-based meals on a budget; grocery shop; plan meals; and gain knowledge on general nutrition, food safety, and storage. You will also get a bag of free, fresh groceries each week.

Organised by Open Table.

Thai cooking master class @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Mar 1 @ 14:00 – 17:00

This is a hands-on cooking experience with an expert cooking instructor. Learn about Thai cuisine, watch some cooking demonstrations, then enjoy eating the food with a complementary drink.

The menu: fish sauce dressing; green or red curry paste; fried corn fritters; green papaya salad; and green curry chicken or red curry duck.

Mexican cooking master class @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Mar 1 @ 18:30 – 21:30

This is a hands-on cooking experience with an expert cooking instructor. Learn about Mexican cuisine, watch some cooking demonstrations, then enjoy eating the food with a complementary drink.

The menu: tacos de guisado (stewed beef); tortillas; salsa rojo + salsa verde (roasted tomato and tomatillo sauces); ceviche con tostadas (lightly cured seasonal fish); and sopa de tortilla (tortilla soup).

Mar
2
Sat
Whittlesea Garden Expo @ Whittlesea Showgrounds
Mar 2 @ 09:00 – 15:00

Guest speakers: Chloe Thomson and Melissa King. Around 40 stalls, including plants, flowers, pots, garden tools, garden design and garden art. Food, music and drinks.

Introduction to beekeeping (2 sessions) @ NewHope Community Centre
Mar 2 @ 09:30 – 16:30

This all day program is highly interactive and includes a live hive opening on the following Saturday (9th March, 10.30am-12.30pm) as well as other hands-on skill building exercises. The background instruction includes equipment selection and bee biology in addition to details of the Apiary and Biosecurity Codes of Practice. Included in the course fee are a comprehensive handbook and a copy of the textbook The Australian Beekeeping Manual, 2nd Ed. (which retails at $60).

Organised by The Beekeepers Club.

Fermenting at home @ CERES
Mar 2 @ 10:00 – 13:00

You will learn the basics of making your own sauerkraut, fermented seasonal vegetables and kombucha plus how to use fermented products in day-to-day life. You will take home your own jars of vegetables to ferment at home plus a kombucha SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast).

Presenter: Lauren Mueller.

Gnocchi making class @ That's Amore Cheese
Mar 2 @ 10:00 – 13:00

What you will learn: how to make fluffy potato gnocchi with a four cheese sauce; and how to make easy ricotta gnocchi with a cavolo nero pesto.

What you will get: Italian style lunch and drinks; and a That’s Amore apron to take home.

Host: Pia Gava. Organised by That’s Amore Cheese.

Organic gardening for beginners (2 sessions) @ Finbar Neighbourhood House
Mar 2 @ 10:00 – 14:30

On Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of March, 10am-2.30pm.

The course will cover: garden design – from raised beds to orchards; soil composition – get the dirt on dirt; propagating and seed sowing; four seasons planning; and composting systems to suit your needs.

Presenter: Kath Jones. Organised by Richmond Community Learning Centre.

Urban foraging 101
Mar 2 @ 10:00 – 12:30

Anna, the Urban Nanna, will help you find and identify a range of edible fruits, greens and flowers found in ‘wild’ urban spaces across Victoria. You will learn about the basic principles and protocols of foraging, and then move on to plant specifics. You will observe and interact with many types of fruit trees, edible green weeds and useful flowers. You will be shown the physical features you can use to correctly identify useful trees even when they’re not fruiting. You will discuss the types of locations where you can hunt for wild edibles in the future, and finally how to safely prepare and enjoy eating many of the foods we find. At the end you will have an outdoor picnic of hot and cold foraged foods.

Overall, there will be around 1-2km of walking over grassy terrain involved.

Rosa’s cooking class
Mar 2 @ 10:15 – 15:00
Companion planting and mini market @ Montrose Library
Mar 2 @ 10:30 – 12:30

Pat will discuss how plants can support each in the garden. Following the talk, the Montrose Community Cupboard will have a mini market. Those attending the talk will enter the market first.

Japanese curry with Chika’s home cooking @ Newlands Neighbourhood House
Mar 2 @ 10:30 – 13:00

Unravel the secrets of Japanese curry using curry cubes and learn how to pair with glossy rice. Also featuring a quick summer garden salad incorporating freshly harvested vegetables from NECCHi’s own edible garden. At the end, eat the food as lunch.

Menu: Japanese curry, steamed rice and Summer garden salad with Japanese twist dressing.

Presenter: Chika. Organised by NECCHi (Newlands and East Coburg Neighbourhood Houses).

The Prosecco Festival @ Abbotsford Convent
Mar 2 @ 11:00 – 22:30

There will be around 40 different proseccos to taste and all tastings are included in the ticket price. There will also be food and music.

Plant to harvest @ Sustainable Macleod Community Garden
Mar 2 @ 12:00 – 13:00

These monthly sessions will cover planting, harvesting and all the jobs required in the garden each month.

Organised by Sustainable Macleod in conjunction with Watsonia Neighbourhood House.

Chinese cooking master class @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Mar 2 @ 14:00 – 17:00

This is a hands-on cooking experience with an expert cooking instructor. Learn about Chinese cuisine, watch some cooking demonstrations, then enjoy eating the food with a complementary drink.

The menu: sichaun wontons; chilli and sesame oil sauce; sichaun eggplant; tofu with chilli bean paste; braised pork belly; and chilli oil.

Macarons workshop @ Living And Learning @ Ajani
Mar 2 @ 14:00 – 16:00

Tish will pass on her techniques for making macarons. Take an apron.

A limit of 4 participants in total.

Organised by Living And Learning @ Ajani.

Potato fest @ Bellfield Community Garden
Mar 2 @ 16:00 – 19:00

Help them eat all of the 72kg of potatoes that were harvested in January 2024. Create your own jacket potato with BYO toppings.

Click here to read about the garden.

Japanese cooking master class @ Otao Kitchen Cooking School
Mar 2 @ 18:30 – 21:30

This is a hands-on cooking experience with an expert cooking instructor. Learn about Japanese cuisine, watch some cooking demonstrations, then enjoy eating the food with a complementary drink.

The menu in odd numbered months: sushi rolls; miso soup; tempura (mixed fried vegetables, prawn and soba noodles); and seaweed salad).

The menu in even numbered months: fish with citrus soy sauce; ramen (noodles); seafood stock; fried chicken; and fried and marinated eggplant.

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