Calendar of once-off events other than cooking classes

 

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

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Oct
30
Sat
Organic vegetable gardening @ CERES
Oct 30 @ 10:00 – 15:00

What you will learn:

  • How to get the most from your garden and have an abundance of vegetables, fruits and herbs.
  • Insights into seasonal produce growing.
  • The skills and knowledge to create an abundant and productive garden.

Presenter: Donna Livermore.

Nov
4
Thu
Building wicking beds using recycled materials
Nov 4 @ 10:30 – 12:00

Learn about the benefits of wicking beds, how they work, what plants are suitable for wicking beds and what are not, and how to make wicking beds using recycled materials. Participants will make a small wicking bed using recycled materials to take home, including soil and seedlings.

Nov
7
Sun
Plant sale @ Saunders Automotive Carpark
Nov 7 @ 08:30 – 13:00

There will be a wide range of interesting, unusual and drought tolerant plants for sale.

Bakery Hill whisky distillery tour and tasting @ Bakery Hill Distillery
Nov 7 @ 14:00 – 15:30

Visit the oldest single malt whisky distillery on mainland Australia. The tour will include conducted by the distiller himself where you will learn how Bakery Hill produces its malts. Touch, smell and taste all the elements of single malt whisky production. The tour will conclude with a tasting of the core range and the opportunity to purchase products at discount prices.

Nov
13
Sat
Backyard chooks for beginners @ Edendale
Nov 13 @ 10:00 – 11:30

Learn the basics of backyard chicken keeping, including the characteristics of different breeds, housing and care needs of chickens. Presenter: Raewyn Pickering.

Beginners backyard beekeeping @ CERES
Nov 13 @ 10:00 – 15:00

What you will learn:

  • The inner workings of a bee hive.
  • The healing properties of raw honey.
  • How to maintain a healthy hive, the wonders of swarms and how to keep them in check.

Presenter: Benedict Hughes.

Flavours of Coburg food tour @ Coburg Library
Nov 13 @ 10:00 – 13:00

You will experience the cultural delights of 6 different countries over 8 unique food stops. With a mixture of sweet and savoury tastings, you will soon discover that Coburg is an ideal foodie destination for anyone who’s tired of the ‘standard’ menu items you find in most modern cafes. Bursting with atmosphere, each foodie stop brings its own ‘personal touch’ with business owners proud of their cultural heritage, so obviously reflected in the food they prepare, the way they serve it and the way they interact with their customers. But that’s not all … you will also pop into a Middle-Eastern gold jewellery shop to learn the cultural significance of various pieces, learn some local history and the best local foodie tips.

Home brewing @ CERES
Nov 13 @ 10:00 – 15:00

What you will learn:

  • Make your own beer.
  • All about full grain brewing.
  • The fermentation process.

What you will get:

  • Samples of different beers.
  • Recipes to take home.

Presenter: Paul Rigby. The workshop will be a practical demonstration of full grain brewing covering ingredients (including malt, hops, yeast and water), equipment, brewing theory, and (most importantly) the brewing process (including mashing, lautering, boiling, sanitation, fermentation and packaging). Samples will be available for tasting.

Pick and eat – Spring harvest @ Heide Museum of Modern Art
Nov 13 @ 10:30 – 12:30

Join Heide gardener Alice Crowe for a tour of the kitchen gardens with a focus on the care and cultivation of the spring harvest. Then enjoy a glass of wine and a gourmet treat at Heide Cafe.

Kitchen medicine – garden farmacy @ CERES
Nov 13 @ 14:00 – 16:30

What you will learn:

  • An introduction to herbal medicine making.
  • Plant identification.
  • Guidelines for foraging and wild-crafting.
  • Medicinal uses for plants.
  • How to introduce medicinal herbs into the kitchen for medicine.

What you will get:

  • A remedy and a seedling.

Presenter: Naabi Methe. 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.

Nov
18
Thu
Bush foods & herbs for courtyards & balconies @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Nov 18 @ 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.

Nov
20
Sat
Beginners backyard beekeeping @ CERES
Nov 20 @ 10:00 – 15:00

What you will learn:

  • The inner workings of a bee hive.
  • The healing properties of raw honey.
  • How to maintain a healthy hive, the wonders of swarms and how to keep them in check.

Presenter: Benedict Hughes.

Sprouting gardens
Nov 20 @ 13:00 – 14:30

Learn how a seed germinates, how to start your sprouting garden and how to look after it so your sprouts don’t rot. Try out different types of seeds that have different crunch and flavour once they start to sprout. Make and eat a salad using sprouts and other ingredients.

Edible weeds @ Heide Museum of Modern Art
Nov 20 @ 15:00 – 16:30

Learn about the edible weeds in your own backyard with gardeners David Murphy and Luke Murchie.

Nov
21
Sun
Intro to permaculture (two sessions) @ CERES
Nov 21 @ 10:00 – 15:00

This course is designed for both those new to permaculture and those thinking of undertaking a Permaculture Design Certificate. The two sessions are on Sunday, 21st November and Sunday, 28th November, both 10am-3pm.

What you will learn:

  • The concept of permaculture.
  • The principles of permaculture and associated design methods.

Presenter: Lisa Reid. There will be examples from tiny urban gardens to suburban and rural permaculture properties showing how we can create resilient, sustainable systems that work with nature and the natural limits of our planet.

Backyard beekeeping basics @ CERES
Nov 21 @ 13:00 – 15:00

This workshop will provide you with an insight into the skills and experience required to safely and effectively manipulate a beehive and carrying out general management practices. Topics to be covered include: protective clothing and occupational health and safety; history of beekeeping; types of beehives; beekeeping tools and equipment; rules and regulations – how to be a good neighbour; purchasing hives; biology of the honeybee; and seasonal tasks and time commitment.

Presenter: Benedict Hughes.

Nov
26
Fri
Mould – a cheese festival @ Abbotsford Convent
Nov 26 @ 16:30 – 20:00

The festival is on at 4.30-8.30pm on Friday, 26th November, 11am-3pm and 4-8pm on Saturday, 27th November and 11am-3pm on Sunday, 28th November.

This festival will see Australia’s best cheesemakers together for tastings, conversations, demonstrations and drinks. Your ticket includes all cheese tastings plus a wine glass to take home. There will be around 40 stalls.

Nov
27
Sat
Food photography @ Eltham Living and Learning Centre
Nov 27 @ 09:30 – 12:30

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.

Beeswax wraps @ CERES
Nov 27 @ 10:00 – 12:00

What you will learn:

  • How to make and maintain their own beeswax wraps.
  • Learn skills that are transferable to the home environment.
  • Bundling techniques.

Presenter: Emma Grace. You will learn how to make and maintain their own beeswax wraps for keeping food fresh and hygienic without the use of single-use plastics such as cling-wrap. This is a hands-on workshop where participants will make their own washable and re-usable ready-to-use beeswax wraps.

Flavours of Coburg food tour @ Coburg Library
Nov 27 @ 10:00 – 13:00

You will experience the cultural delights of 6 different countries over 8 unique food stops. With a mixture of sweet and savoury tastings, you will soon discover that Coburg is an ideal foodie destination for anyone who’s tired of the ‘standard’ menu items you find in most modern cafes. Bursting with atmosphere, each foodie stop brings its own ‘personal touch’ with business owners proud of their cultural heritage, so obviously reflected in the food they prepare, the way they serve it and the way they interact with their customers. But that’s not all … you will also pop into a Middle-Eastern gold jewellery shop to learn the cultural significance of various pieces, learn some local history and the best local foodie tips.

Mould – a cheese festival @ Abbotsford Convent
Nov 27 @ 11:00 – 15:00

The festival is on at 4.30-8.30pm on Friday, 27th August, 11am-3pm and 4-8pm on Saturday, 28th August and 11am-3pm on Sunday, 29th August.

This festival will see Australia’s best cheesemakers together for tastings, conversations, demonstrations and drinks. Your ticket includes all cheese tastings plus a wine glass to take home. There will be around 40 stalls.

Setting up a worm farm @ Edendale
Nov 27 @ 14:00 – 15:00

A worm farm can be one of the best ways to dispose of food scraps and, at the same time, produce vermi-juice (worm tea) and vermicast (worm castings) for use on the garden. Learn how to set up a worm farm and the easiest methods to manage and care for these most hard-working of creatures.

This workshop will cover both the theory and practice of worm farming in a household setting. It will be useful for those wishing to recycle household food waste in order to produce worm products for use in the improvement of soil in gardens and pot plants.

Discounted worm farms will be available for sale on the day.

Mould – a cheese festival @ Abbotsford Convent
Nov 27 @ 16:30 – 20:00

The festival is on at 4.30-8.30pm on Friday, 26th November, 11am-3pm and 4-8pm on Saturday, 27th November and 11am-3pm on Sunday, 28th November.

This festival will see Australia’s best cheesemakers together for tastings, conversations, demonstrations and drinks. Your ticket includes all cheese tastings plus a wine glass to take home. There will be around 40 stalls.

Nov
28
Sun
Bakery Hill whisky distillery tour and tasting @ Bakery Hill Distillery
Nov 28 @ 14:00 – 15:30

Visit the oldest single malt whisky distillery on mainland Australia. The tour will include conducted by the distiller himself where you will learn how Bakery Hill produces its malts. Touch, smell and taste all the elements of single malt whisky production. The tour will conclude with a tasting of the core range and the opportunity to purchase products at discount prices.

Dec
4
Sat
Growing nutrient dense food @ CERES
Dec 4 @ 10:00 – 15:00

This workshop will introduce you to growing better quality, nutrient rich produce at home even if you only have a tiny growing space. It will include: selecting your crops; transforming your soil by focusing on the soil food web; an introduction to soil minerals & going beyond NPK; creating nutrient rich composts; fertilising your plants for maximum nutrition; and harvesting and preparing produce to maintain nutrients.

Dec
5
Sun
Introduction to growing microgreens
Dec 5 @ 10:00 – 13:00

What you will learn:

  • How CERES produces certified organic microgreens.
  • How to grow pea shoots, radish, and sunflower sprouts at home.
  • How to plan for a continuous supply of these (enough for all your salad needs.

Presenter: Daniel O’Farrell. Organised by CERES.

Bakery Hill whisky distillery tour and tasting @ Bakery Hill Distillery
Dec 5 @ 14:00 – 15:30

Visit the oldest single malt whisky distillery on mainland Australia. The tour will include conducted by the distiller himself where you will learn how Bakery Hill produces its malts. Touch, smell and taste all the elements of single malt whisky production. The tour will conclude with a tasting of the core range and the opportunity to purchase products at discount prices.

Dec
11
Sat
Flavours of Coburg food tour @ Coburg Library
Dec 11 @ 10:00 – 13:00

You will experience the cultural delights of 6 different countries over 8 unique food stops. With a mixture of sweet and savoury tastings, you will soon discover that Coburg is an ideal foodie destination for anyone who’s tired of the ‘standard’ menu items you find in most modern cafes. Bursting with atmosphere, each foodie stop brings its own ‘personal touch’ with business owners proud of their cultural heritage, so obviously reflected in the food they prepare, the way they serve it and the way they interact with their customers. But that’s not all … you will also pop into a Middle-Eastern gold jewellery shop to learn the cultural significance of various pieces, learn some local history and the best local foodie tips.

Dec
12
Sun
Bakery Hill whisky distillery tour and tasting @ Bakery Hill Distillery
Dec 12 @ 14:00 – 15:30

Visit the oldest single malt whisky distillery on mainland Australia. The tour will include conducted by the distiller himself where you will learn how Bakery Hill produces its malts. Touch, smell and taste all the elements of single malt whisky production. The tour will conclude with a tasting of the core range and the opportunity to purchase products at discount prices.

Dec
19
Sun
Bakery Hill whisky distillery tour and tasting @ Bakery Hill Distillery
Dec 19 @ 14:00 – 15:30

Visit the oldest single malt whisky distillery on mainland Australia. The tour will include conducted by the distiller himself where you will learn how Bakery Hill produces its malts. Touch, smell and taste all the elements of single malt whisky production. The tour will conclude with a tasting of the core range and the opportunity to purchase products at discount prices.

May
1
Sun
Kalorama Chestnut Festival @ Kalorama Memorial Reserve
May 1 @ 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.

May
7
Sun
Kalorama Chestnut Festival @ Kalorama Memorial Reserve
May 7 @ 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.

May
5
Sun
Kalorama Chestnut Festival @ Kalorama Memorial Reserve
May 5 @ 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.

May
4
Sun
Kalorama Chestnut Festival @ Kalorama Memorial Reserve
May 4 @ 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.

May
3
Sun
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.

May
2
Sun
Kalorama Chestnut Festival @ Kalorama Memorial Reserve
May 2 @ 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.

May
7
Sun
Kalorama Chestnut Festival @ Kalorama Memorial Reserve
May 7 @ 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.

May
6
Sun
Kalorama Chestnut Festival @ Kalorama Memorial Reserve
May 6 @ 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.

May
5
Sun
Kalorama Chestnut Festival @ Kalorama Memorial Reserve
May 5 @ 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.

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