Calendar of once-off events other than cooking classes

 

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

Feb
7
Tue
Urban food gardening group (9 sessions) @ Reynard Street Neighbourhood House
Feb 7 @ 12:00 – 16:00

On Tuesdays for 10 weeks, starting on 31st January, midday-4pm.

Learn the foundations of growing plants by working in a fun and relaxed environment.

Feb
10
Fri
Carlton aperitvio food tour @ Brunetti Classico
Feb 10 @ 17:00 – 19:00

You will indulge in the Italian ‘Aperitivo’ tradition. What exactly is Aperitivo, what can you expect to eat and drink, how did it begin, how did it make its way to Melbourne? You will learn all this and more while sipping on Italian cocktails, prosecco and wines and tasting arancini, cicchetti, pizza, pasta, gelato, salumi and cheese. Walking along Lygon Street, you will visit some foodie venues, meeting the people behind the food.

5 food & drink stops, 11 food tastings and 2.5 standard drinks.

Bio-craft workshop @ I Am Flora
Feb 10 @ 18:00 – 20:00

Awareaway, I Am Flora and Brunswick Daily have teamed up to bring you a workshop where you will learn about sustainability, regenerative products and circular processes. You will craft your own hanging planter or pair of earrings from a locally grown gourd whilst chatting about sustainability. Wine, kombucha and light snacks will be served.

Feb
11
Sat
Permaculture Design Course (100 hours) @ CERES
Feb 11 @ 09:30 – 16:30

The course will comprise a combination of Wednesday evenings (6.30-9.30pm) and weekend days (9.30am-4.30pm). It is a classroom-based, theoretical course with site visits, not a gardening course.

Participants will develop: an appreciation of the fundamentals of permaculture and the historical context in which it was developed; an ability to incorporate ecological and energy literacy/understanding in the design process; an ability to read patterns in landscapes and understand how they influence design choices; an understanding of the design processes and the conceptual design tools used in permaculture, as background for later application topics; an ability to design food production and other agricultural systems in appropriate landscapes; an understanding of how communities function and how permaculture concepts can be used to build functional communities; an understanding of how trading functions and how permaculture concepts can be used to build more equitable economic systems; an understanding of how settlements can be designed to meet human needs on a sustainable basis; an understanding of how buildings can be designed to meet human needs on a sustainable basis; an appreciation of the technologies that are available to assist in building sustainable lifestyles – renewable energies and conservation of non-renewable resources; and a confidence in one’s ability to make a difference at the individual level.

Trainers: Beck Lowe, Ian Lillington, Joel Meadows, Kat Lavers, Monique Miller and Taj Scicluna.

Forage harvest walk @ CERES Joe's Market Garden
Feb 11 @ 10:00 – 13:00

Learn how to identify edible weeds and wild medicines with Taj Scicluna (aka The Perma Pixie).

Keeping backyard chickens @ Ganbu Gulinj Community Centre
Feb 11 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Maria Ciavarella, from My Green Garden, will tell you all you need to know to start keeping backyard chickens, including: what is needed to keep chooks; how to keep them safe from pests and foxes; which varieties are suitable for different purposes; and council requirements.

Urban foraging
Feb 11 @ 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 examine examples of trees bearing late summer fruit, and also 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.

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

Urban permaculture garden tour @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
Feb 11 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Visit a local urban permaculture garden and see a grey water demonstration.

Urban wine walk @ Various around Richmond
Feb 11 @ 12:00 – 16:00

This is a self-guided wine tasting experience, where you choose the order in which you visit the various venues. The ticket includes 30 complementary tastings, a $10 food voucher, a $25 voucher for wine orders and a tasting glass.

The participating venues and winemakers:

 

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Feb 11 @ 14:30 – 16:00

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.

Introduction into wines @ Northside Wines
Feb 11 @ 15:00 – 17:00

They will take you through the basics of wine, from how to taste to the processes behind your favourite drop. The session will include 8 very different wines to demonstrate the difference in grapes and wine making techniques.

Feb
12
Sun
Urban foraging
Feb 12 @ 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 examine examples of trees bearing late summer fruit, and also 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.

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

Feb
15
Wed
Gut brain connection with Dr. Carol Gubert @ The Fermentary
Feb 15 @ 18:30 – 20:30

Dr. Gubert will talk about how the bugs that inhabit our gut can communicate with the brain and the therapeutical potential that targeting this ecosystem (e.g. with diet) can have in neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders.

Feb
16
Thu
Prepare for autumn planting @ Diamond Valley Library
Feb 16 @ 11:00 – 12:00

Find out what to plant and how to prepare your garden for your autumn vegetables.

Growing itty bitty greens @ Theordore's
Feb 16 @ 18:00 – 19:00

Learn how to grow microgreens. While you are planting your own microgreens to take home, you will learn about: varieties of microgreens; where to source organic seeds or those not treated with chemicals or genetic modifications; growing mediums including soil and coconut coir; the nitty gritty of how to grow and care for microgreens; when to harvest them; and how to use them in the kitchen.

Feb
17
Fri
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Feb 17 @ 11:00 – 12:30

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.

Carlton aperitvio food tour @ Brunetti Classico
Feb 17 @ 17:00 – 19:00

You will indulge in the Italian ‘Aperitivo’ tradition. What exactly is Aperitivo, what can you expect to eat and drink, how did it begin, how did it make its way to Melbourne? You will learn all this and more while sipping on Italian cocktails, prosecco and wines and tasting arancini, cicchetti, pizza, pasta, gelato, salumi and cheese. Walking along Lygon Street, you will visit some foodie venues, meeting the people behind the food.

5 food & drink stops, 11 food tastings and 2.5 standard drinks.

Feb
18
Sat
Introduction to beekeeping (2 sessions) @ NewHope Community Centre
Feb 18 @ 09:30 – 16:30

This all day program is highly interactive and includes a live hive opening on the following Saturday (25th February, 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).

Beeswax wrap workshop @ Maroondah Federation Estate
Feb 18 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Ben from Ben’s Bees will show you how to make your own beeswax wrap and have a large beeswax wrap to take home. You will also receive a small block of beeswax to take home to make your own wraps.

Kitchen medicine – garden farmacy @ CERES
Feb 18 @ 10:00 – 14:30

What you will learn: an introduction to herbal medicine making; plant identification; guidelines for foraging and wild-crafting; medicinal uses for plants; and how to introduce medicinal herbs into the kitchen for medicine.

What you will get: a remedy and a seedling.

Take a walk through the CERES garden beds and bring the wisdom of traditional herbal medicines into a modern context. You will explore traditional and modern uses of the plants and how to introduce these plants into the kitchen as medicine.

Presenter: Naabi Methe.

Urban foraging
Feb 18 @ 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 examine examples of trees bearing late summer fruit, and also 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.

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

Vegetable gardening 101 @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
Feb 18 @ 14:00 – 15:00

Get a crash course in veggie gardening.

Natural wine explained @ Northside Wines
Feb 18 @ 15:00 – 17:00

They will take you through the unique wine making techniques behind this traditional wine making process.

Feb
19
Sun
Autumn edible gardening @ Strathdon House and Orchard Precinct
Feb 19 @ 10:00 – 12:00

The weather is going to get cooler soon, but what should you do next? How can you ensure that those big fat pumpkins will keep for most of the year? What is ‘green manure’ and why would you want it? Now is the time to get started on your cool season veg.

Truffle workshop at Ratio Cocoa Roasters @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Feb 19 @ 11:00 – 13:00

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.

Feb
23
Thu
Bio Gro tour @ Manningham Civic Centre
Feb 23 @ 09:00 – 12:00

Bio Gro is the facility which will recycle Manningham’s food and garden waste (FOGO) into compost. See first-hand how your food and garden waste will be processed and ask any questions along the way. The tour will include bus transport to and from the Bio Gro organics facility in Dandenong South.

Presenting the Merri-bek community food hub @ Merlynston Progress Hall
Feb 23 @ 18:00 – 20:00

Hear from Food Leadership Action Group (FLAG) members who are leading a collective impact approach to addressing food security in Merri-bek through a Community Food Hub model.

You will also meet the project teams who have been funded to test ideas for a shared Community Food Hub model that delivers socially inclusive food security across Merri-bek’s diverse communities.

Feb
24
Fri
Carlton aperitvio food tour @ Brunetti Classico
Feb 24 @ 17:00 – 19:00

You will indulge in the Italian ‘Aperitivo’ tradition. What exactly is Aperitivo, what can you expect to eat and drink, how did it begin, how did it make its way to Melbourne? You will learn all this and more while sipping on Italian cocktails, prosecco and wines and tasting arancini, cicchetti, pizza, pasta, gelato, salumi and cheese. Walking along Lygon Street, you will visit some foodie venues, meeting the people behind the food.

5 food & drink stops, 11 food tastings and 2.5 standard drinks.

Feb
25
Sat
Learn to make wine (3 sessions) @ Old Eltham Courthouse
Feb 25 @ 09:00 – 12:00

This is a three-session workshop, with the three sessions being:

  • Session 1 – Saturday, 25th February – Getting started, 9am-midday.
  • Session 2 – Saturday, 11th March – Checking and caring, 9-11am.
  • Session 3 – Saturday, 25th March – Tasting and finalising, 9-11am.

Learn about the art of winemaking using a fruit available throughout the year – raspberries (the frozen kind). The techniques taught can be applied to all types of winemaking. Follow the instructors as they take you through the process and, over the sessions, you will make your first wine. Enjoy samples of different wines that can be made from local produce along the way.

At the end of the course, you will be invited to an Eltham Wine Guild meeting to share a sample with other winemakers and receive your Fruit Wine Making Certificate.

Compost and worm farm workshop @ Brunswick Neighbourhood House
Feb 25 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Learn the ins and outs of making the most of your compost and worm farms as well as prepare a garden bed and plant some seedlings.

Book by phone (9386 9418) or email.

End of summer fruit tree pruning @ Strathdon House and Orchard Precinct
Feb 25 @ 10:00 – 13:00

Join them amongst the former and grafted apple trees at Strathdon House to learn all the ins & outs, and cuts & trims that produce healthy, bountiful fruit trees. Deciduous fruit trees are traditionally pruned in winter but in Melbourne’s temperate climate, trees don’t go fully dormant so winter pruning just encourages tall whippy growth that will have to be pruned-off anyway.

Growing and cooking with bushfoods @ CERES
Feb 25 @ 10:00 – 15:00

What you will learn: how to identify and harvest bush foods; how to grow and maintain bush foods in the home garden; and how to incorporate bush foods into everyday recipes.

Tour the CERES bush food gardens and gain knowledge of bush foods from further afar – tropical delights from the north, peppery spices form the south. During the workshop, you will learn how to incorporate bush foods into simple, tasty and nutritious meals, desserts and snacks. The group will make a bush food inspired lunch and afternoon tea – all food prepared on the day will be vegetarian and vegan friendly.

Presenter: Belinda Kennedy.

Prevent and manage cancer with food @ Saint Margaret's Anglican Church
Feb 25 @ 11:00 – 12:30

Dr Despina Handolias will discuss the role of nutrition in the prevention and management of cancer.

This is one of a series of monthly talks by health professionals about using food as medicine. Future talks will cover such subjects as asthma, depression & anxiety, obesity and reproductive health.

The Prosecco Festival @ Abbotsford Convent
Feb 25 @ 11:00 – 20:30

There will be around 30 different proseccos to taste and all tastings are included in the ticket price. There will also be food and music.

Beekeeping workshop @ Bee Sustainable
Feb 25 @ 13:00 – 16:00

What you will learn: bee behaviour; the various major items that make up a bee hive and how to construct them; and 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; and a $5 discount on the book Bee AgSkills.

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.

Wicking beds workshop
Feb 25 @ 13:30 – 15:30

Learn the techniques to build a garden bed that wicks the water up into the soil from below, saving water from above and increasing drought tolerance.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Feb 25 @ 14:30 – 16:00

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.

Feb
26
Sun
Introduction to permaculture @ Pentridge Community Garden
Feb 26 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Learn the basics of permaculture with Karen Sutherland, from Edible Eden Design.

Feb
27
Mon
Growing native edibles workshop @ Richmond Library
Feb 27 @ 18:30 – 20:00

Cultivating Community will guide you through identifying, growing and tasting native bush foods and bush teas.

Mar
1
Wed
Complete urban farmer (14 sessions) @ CERES
Mar 1 @ 09:00 – 15:00

14 sessions over a period of a 14 weeks.

Presenter: Justin Calverley. 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.

Mar
2
Thu
Complete urban farmer (14 sessions) @ CERES
Mar 2 @ 09:00 – 15:00

14 sessions over a period of a 14 weeks.

Presenter: Justin Calverley. 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.

Mar
3
Fri
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Mar 3 @ 11:00 – 12:30

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.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.