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Mar
23
Sat
The art of Japanese breakfast @ CIBI
Mar 23 @ 08:30 – 10:30

Traditional Japanese breakfast comprises many small homely dishes made with seasonal ingredients. Guests will observe each element of the meal coming together and explore objects of classic Japanese design. CIBI owners Meg and Zenta Tanaka will share stories and explain the Japanese philosophy of food and its relationship to design before serving a traditional Japanese breakfast.

This is a Melbourne Food and Wine Festival event.

Buttenshaw Farm (guided garden tour)
Mar 23 @ 10:00 – 11:00

This garden tour will take place twice, at 10am and again at midday.

Buttenshaw Farm is based on organic and permaculture principles with the hope of encouraging beneficial insects and everything working in harmony. Thanks to interspersed flower plantings, native bees (including blue-banded bees), European honey bees and butterflies are residents of the garden. The household seeks to reduce their environmental impact by embracing nature, reducing waste and utilising scraps in the garden system. The productive part of the garden features fruit and nut trees, heirloom vegetables and chickens.

CERES Harvest Festival @ CERES
Mar 23 @ 10:00 – 15:00

An annual event to celebrate food across cultures with live music, free workshops on sustainable living, cultural performances, animal displays, giant veggie growing competition and kids activities. Also, food and craft stalls from local and organic makers and designers.

Beale Street BBQ blues (vegan) @ The B.east
Mar 23 @ 12:00 – 14:00

This event is happening twice, at midday and again at 2.30pm.

Memphis-style cooking, featuring mock meat and vegetables, together with drinks and music. The menu:

  • To start: sweet potato crisps with BBQ salt; and jalapeno hush puppies with maple butter.
  • Mains: BBQ vegan brisket; southern fried mock chicken; smoked corn, queso fresco and vegan aioli; chipotle mac’n’cheese; and green goddess salad.
  • Sweet: banana cream pie; and smoked meringue.

This is a Melbourne Food and Wine Festival event.

Buttenshaw Farm (guided garden tour)
Mar 23 @ 12:00 – 13:00

This garden tour will take place twice, at 10am and again at midday.

Buttenshaw Farm is based on organic and permaculture principles with the hope of encouraging beneficial insects and everything working in harmony. Thanks to interspersed flower plantings, native bees (including blue-banded bees), European honey bees and butterflies are residents of the garden. The household seeks to reduce their environmental impact by embracing nature, reducing waste and utilising scraps in the garden system. The productive part of the garden features fruit and nut trees, heirloom vegetables and chickens.

The Aussie veggie patch
Mar 23 @ 12:00 – 13:00

Tim’s garden is all about having veggies on hand for everyday use. The property combines a more traditional and formal garden at the front with a more casual one out the back. The garden even has its own instagram page!

Vegan smokehouse BBQ collaboration @ Le Bon Ton
Mar 23 @ 12:00 – 14:00

American BBQ institution Le Bon Ton joins forces with Green Burger in this multi-course feast of 100% vegan interpretations of American smokehouse favourites. There will be cocktails plus natural wines paired with each course – smoked hot links, mac and cheese, pulled pork and fried chicken, all completely plant-based.

This is a Melbourne Food and Wine Festival event.

Beekeeping workshop @ Bee Sustainable
Mar 23 @ 14:00 – 16:30

What you will learn:

  • Bee behaviour.
  • The various major items that make up a bee hive and how to construct them.
  • The major tasks in hive management.

What you will get:

  • A wooden beehive frame that will have beeswax foundation inserted as part of the workshop.
  • A $5 discount on the book Bee AgSkills (normally $27.50, $22.50 with discount).

There will be live bees and honeycomb to look at in a secure exhibition cabinet and a discussion of bee behaviour and hive management. The major items that make up a hive and their construction will be discussed. The equipment a beekeeper needs to work bees will also be reviewed. The major topics discussed will be: establishing a hive; understanding the tasks to be carried out in Spring; how to go about robbing and extracting honey; and swarm control.

Participants will be limited to 8 to maintain an informal interactive format.

Heritage Fruits Society @ Sylvester Hive Community Garden
Mar 23 @ 14:00 – 17:00

Join John Pinniger, from Heritage Fruits Society, at Sylvester Hive Community Garden as he talks about: the history of the Heritage Fruits Society; preserving rare & heritage species of fruit trees; and seed conservation. There will be apple tasting of old varieties.

Beale Street BBQ blues (vegan) @ The B.east
Mar 23 @ 14:30 – 16:30

This event is happening twice, at midday and again at 2.30pm.

Memphis-style cooking, featuring mock meat and vegetables, together with drinks and music. The menu:

  • To start: sweet potato crisps with BBQ salt; and jalapeno hush puppies with maple butter.
  • Mains: BBQ vegan brisket; southern fried mock chicken; smoked corn, queso fresco and vegan aioli; chipotle mac’n’cheese; and green goddess salad.
  • Sweet: banana cream pie; and smoked meringue.

This is a Melbourne Food and Wine Festival event.

Burnley Brewing tour and tastings @ Burnley Brewing
Mar 23 @ 18:30 – 19:30

4 occurrences during March on Thursday 8th, Friday 9th, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th, each 6.30-7.30pm.

Enjoy the house brews while meeting the brewers at Burnley Brewing and walking through their brewing process, the varied ingredients that go into each beer, and how these additions shape every beer’s taste and appearance. Then, you’ll get a chance to sample the beers during the fermentation phase, poured straight from the tanks of our in-house brewing system. Your will also receive two entrees to accompany your beverages. This event will not only teach you about different beer styles and their origins, but also how to best pair beer with food.

This is a Melbourne Food and Wine Festival event.

Mar
24
Sun
The art of espalier @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Mar 24 @ 09:30 – 12:30

What you will learn:

  • Growing espaliered fruit trees.
  • Different techniques to make the most of all available space for espalier.
  • Improve your general gardening skills.

Presented by Diana Cotter. “Go vertical” is the cry when garden space is limited. Gardening in two dimensions is what espalier is about and this class will cover the different types and how to get them started and then continue to train them into the desired shape. Topics covered include suitable fruit trees, pruning and training techniques.

Cameron Street garden guided tour
Mar 24 @ 10:00 – 11:00

The tour will take place twice, at 10am and midday.

This garden has been growing food for 35 years, the past 25 under Denise’s watchful eye. Located right alongside the train line, the garden includes fruit and nut trees, berries, vines and vegetables. For a relatively small space, the garden is full of fruit trees ranging from apples to apricots to avocados. A small flock of chickens add to the system underneath a giant walnut tree to the back of the property, and flowers keep bees happy year round. The 40 or so edible plants keeps the family content with vegetables year round and in good stead for preserves.

Bee hive tour @ Rivers of Yarrambat
Mar 24 @ 10:30 – 12:30

Your tour, led by Nathan Stewart, a professional Doreen-based beekeeper from Maya ‘Xala Honey, will include suiting up in protective gear, lighting a bee smoker, and spending two hours as real life beekeeper. Initially, Nathan will give you some tips on what to look for inside a hive including how to spot the Queen and where to look to potentially witness the birth of a new worker bee. Then, together you will lift the lid of a busy hive, watch bees at work creating honey, pull out a frame of honey ready for extraction, and get up close with more than 100,000 bees! After the lid is closed, you will sample some of the honey direct from the hives while enjoying a refreshing honey tonic.

Cameron Street garden guided tour
Mar 24 @ 12:00 – 13:00

The tour will take place twice, at 10am and midday.

This garden has been growing food for 35 years, the past 25 under Denise’s watchful eye. Located right alongside the train line, the garden includes fruit and nut trees, berries, vines and vegetables. For a relatively small space, the garden is full of fruit trees ranging from apples to apricots to avocados. A small flock of chickens add to the system underneath a giant walnut tree to the back of the property, and flowers keep bees happy year round. The 40 or so edible plants keeps the family content with vegetables year round and in good stead for preserves.

Vegan smokehouse BBQ collaboration @ Le Bon Ton
Mar 24 @ 12:00 – 14:00

American BBQ institution Le Bon Ton joins forces with Green Burger in this multi-course feast of 100% vegan interpretations of American smokehouse favourites. There will be cocktails plus natural wines paired with each course – smoked hot links, mac and cheese, pulled pork and fried chicken, all completely plant-based.

This is a Melbourne Food and Wine Festival event.

Angelo Eliades – create a no-waste kitchen and garden @ Watsonia Library
Mar 24 @ 14:00 – 16:00

Learn how to recycle all garden and food waste, even the difficult things! This workshop will cover what materials to put into which waste recycling system and how to use the processed materials in the garden. Other topics will include cold and hot composting, worm farming and bokashi composting. All the basics will be covered, as well as tricks, tips and techniques to get faster and more efficient composting of every kind of waste.

Burnley Brewing tour and tastings @ Burnley Brewing
Mar 24 @ 18:30 – 19:30

4 occurrences during March on Thursday 8th, Friday 9th, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th, each 6.30-7.30pm.

Enjoy the house brews while meeting the brewers at Burnley Brewing and walking through their brewing process, the varied ingredients that go into each beer, and how these additions shape every beer’s taste and appearance. Then, you’ll get a chance to sample the beers during the fermentation phase, poured straight from the tanks of our in-house brewing system. Your will also receive two entrees to accompany your beverages. This event will not only teach you about different beer styles and their origins, but also how to best pair beer with food.

This is a Melbourne Food and Wine Festival event.

Mar
26
Tue
Farm play @ Joe’s Market Garden
Mar 26 @ 10:00 – 12:00

For families with children aged 2-4.

Learn about the life of plants, animals, and their interactions with the environment, cultivating wonder and wisdom from nature play. The activities will vary with the seasons, incorporating sensory play with seeds, leaves, crafts and music, as well as the micro world of mini beasts and soil. Led by Sofia Sabbagh.

Pay at the event.

Bush skills and kids farming @ Joe’s Market Garden
Mar 26 @ 16:00 – 17:30

For children aged 5-13.

Learn about the life of plants, animals, and their interactions with the environment, cultivating wonder and wisdom from nature play. The activities will vary with the seasons, incorporating seed saving, planting, weeding, transplanting, herbal remedies, paint making, puppet making, finding grubs, climbing trees, making shelters, tying knots, spotlighting, bird watching, sensory play, singing and fire-side story telling. Led by Sofia Sabbagh.

Pay at the event.

Fighting food waste @ Kew Seniors Centre
Mar 26 @ 19:00 – 20:30

Did you know that over 40% of the waste in our bins consists of food? You can help us fight the war on this food waste while learning how to get the best from your food for yourself and your family. Join like-minded neighbours at this workshop presented by a sustainable food expert from Cultivating Community. You will learn simple techniques for planning, buying, cooking and storing food.

Mar
27
Wed
Heidi garden club @ Heide Museum of Modern Art (Heide I kitchen garden)
Mar 27 @ 10:00 – 12:00

A monthly (last Wednesday of the month) gathering of like-minded people who enjoy chatting about all things garden, in particular productive gardening. Set in the Heide I kitchen garden, join them for a chat and a light morning tea, including a Heide produce tasting. Facilitated by Heide gardener, Katie Grace.

Introduction to composting and worm farming @ Mooroolbark Community Centre
Mar 27 @ 19:00 – 21:00

This workshop will help you to choose a composting system that meets your needs, and show you how to use it to create soil conditioner or fertiliser for your veggie garden.

Mar
28
Thu
Learn how to make good coffee (2 day) @ Olympic Adult Education
Mar 28 @ 09:30 – 15:00

A two day event on Thursday, 28th March and Friday, 29th March, both 9.30am-3pm. Book by phone (9450 2665).

This introduction to coffee making will give you hands-on experience making a range of coffees, increase your knowledge about coffee, and teach you latte art skills.

Healthy productive compost and worms @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Mar 28 @ 18:30 – 21:00

What you will learn:

  • The importance of compost for soil health.
  • How to fix common composting problems.
  • Setting up and looking after a worm farm.

Presented by Diana Cotter. Learn how to make great compost, the essential ingredient for a thriving and healthy garden. Look at worm farms and Bokashi as other options. They will also show you how to make a DIY worm farm using recycled products.

Mar
30
Sat
Kevin Heinze GROW Spring open day and autumn plant sale @ Kevin Heinze GROW
Mar 30 @ 09:00 – 15:00

Buy perennial plants, veggie seedlings, fruit trees, succulents and herbs.  Have a look around the large veggie garden.

Preparing for the Winter harvest @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Mar 30 @ 09:30 – 12:30

What you will learn:

  • Crop rotation after summer veggies.
  • Growing common and uncommon winter veggies.
  • Seed sowing techniques for winter veggies.

What you will get:

  • Detailed notes on the topic.
  • Discount vouchers to use at Bulleen Art and Garden.
  • A seedling punnet that you have sown to take home and grow on.

Presented by Nicole Griffiths. You will learn how to prepare your garden for a bumper crop right through winter. They will cover what plants to plant over the cooler months and when to plant them, winter garden jobs, soil care and pest/disease management. Bring along your gardening gloves!

Beeswax wrap workshop @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
Mar 30 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Book by phone (9870 2602).

Join Ben Moore from Ben’s Bees to make your own ecofriendly alternative to plastic wraps.

Strettle Street Market Garden guided tour @ address TBA on booking
Mar 30 @ 10:00 – 11:00

A group of 7 people grow produce across two residential gardens and sell it locally in weekly veggie boxes. There are three large plots, strict crop rotation, inter-planting to help manage pests. The group are approaching this project as a learning opportunity to get a taste for what it means to be a small-scale market gardener and to develop their skills and confidence in the area.

The Autumn Harvest Festival @ Alowyn Gardens & Nursery
Mar 30 @ 10:00 – 15:00

Giant pumpkins, music, hot food and market stalls. There will be a selection of the region’s best homemade, homegrown artisans. They will be running cooking, art & craft and horticulture competitions.

Green at Kathleen: seed saving and sowing @ Kathleen Syme Library
Mar 30 @ 11:30 – 13:00

Increase your planting options and veggie yield by saving seeds from previous plants and harvests, and effectively sowing them for maximum benefit.

Bookings essential.

Dessert beer and sweets master class @ 3 Ravens Brewery
Mar 30 @ 12:30 – 14:30

What you will learn:

  • Taste your way through dessert beers from The 3 Ravens under the expert guidance of one of their brewery team.
  • See behind the scenes of a fully functioning craft brewery.
  • Learn The 3 Ravens approach to dessert beers.

What you will get:

  • Brewery tour.
  • Sweets.
  • A guided tasting of all varieties of dessert beer.
A Naturally Good catch up at That’s Amore Cheese @ That's Amore Cheese
Mar 30 @ 14:00 – 16:30

Hear Connie Manglaviti, from Naturally Good, and Giorgio Linguanti, from That’s Amore Cheese, share their foodpreneur journeys and how their customers inspire them. Also how to get creative in putting together a platter with a focus on gluten free/ low fodmap options. Partake in a selection of antipasti (finely sliced prosciutto & porchetta), olives, rice crackers, crusty bread (gluten free), That’s Amore Cheese cheese, and a Naturally Good dessert platter. Finally, take your own Naturally Good goodie bag home.

Mar
31
Sun
Ringwood Highland Games @ East Ringwood Sports Ground
Mar 31 @ 10:00 – 17:00

Ringwood Highland Games is a traditional Highland games, with pipe bands, highland dancers and heavy games combined with Celtic activities such as folk singers, sound healing, story telling, and clan history talks.

Includes whisky tastings and haggis treats.

Wicking bed workshop @ Melbourne Food Hub
Mar 31 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Join Melbourne Food Hub and Very Edible Gardens to learn about wicking beds. See wicking beds already in use on site and learn how to build your own.

Worm farming and composting @ Finbar Neighbourhood House
Mar 31 @ 11:00 – 12:30

Learn about Finbar’s worm farming and compost systems and choose a system that’s right for you. Kath Jones will show you how to keep your system working well, avoid common mistakes and troubleshoot problems.

Chardonnay master class @ Punch Wine Room
Mar 31 @ 12:30 – 14:30

Hosted by winemaker James Lance, from Punch. Includes a vertical tasting of Punch’s Chardonnay from 2010 to today and a chat about the origins of the grape. Also includes a sampler of local cheese and bread.

Home Harvest Picnic 2019 @ Edendale
Mar 31 @ 16:30 – 20:00

This will be the eighth annual home harvest picnic, where catering students from Eltham High School, under the guidance of a professional chef, produce a shared meal from homegrown produce. You have three options:

  1. Register as a grower ($0): supply some of your homegrown produce and receive a prepared basket for you and up to three guests.
  2. Purchase a picnic basket ($20 for two people).
  3. Bring your own picnic ($0).
Heritage apple tasting @ Petty's Orchard
Mar 31 @ 17:00 – 19:00

Sample the seasonal flavours of the heritage apple collection at an apple tasting afternoon at 5pm. Around 15 varieties will be available for tasting. An orchard tour is included.

All funds received go toward the maintenance and expansion of the collection.

Apr
1
Mon
Nillumbik Garden Club @ Metzner Hall, St Vincent's Care Services
Apr 1 @ 19:00 – 22:00

At all meetings, doors open 7pm for a 8pm start. There will be plants for sale, raffles, door prizes and supper.

2018 topics
1 Oct 2018: olives and olive trees by David Strutt.
3 Sep 2018: caring for daffodils by Joy Quinn.
5 Feb 2018: summer vegetables by Alan Richmond.

2017 topics
6 Feb 2017: succulent swap.

2016 topics
7 Nov 2016: the local food community, with Guy Palmer.
3 Oct 2016: how to weather proof your garden.
5 Sep 2016: irises, with a speaker from The Iris Society.
1 Aug 2016: sustainable gardening.
4 Jul 2016: community gardens.
6 Jun 2016: liliums.
7 Mar 2016: geraniums and pelargoniums.

Apr
2
Tue
Farm play @ Joe’s Market Garden
Apr 2 @ 10:00 – 12:00

For families with children aged 2-4.

Learn about the life of plants, animals, and their interactions with the environment, cultivating wonder and wisdom from nature play. The activities will vary with the seasons, incorporating sensory play with seeds, leaves, crafts and music, as well as the micro world of mini beasts and soil. Led by Sofia Sabbagh.

Pay at the event.

Bush skills and kids farming @ Joe’s Market Garden
Apr 2 @ 16:00 – 17:30

For children aged 5-13.

Learn about the life of plants, animals, and their interactions with the environment, cultivating wonder and wisdom from nature play. The activities will vary with the seasons, incorporating seed saving, planting, weeding, transplanting, herbal remedies, paint making, puppet making, finding grubs, climbing trees, making shelters, tying knots, spotlighting, bird watching, sensory play, singing and fire-side story telling. Led by Sofia Sabbagh.

Pay at the event.