Calendar of once-off events other than cooking classes

 

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

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

Learn to make your own beeswax wraps.

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.

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
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
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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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
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).

Edible weeds @ CERES
May 9 @ 10:00 – 12:00

What you will learn: how to identify edible weeds; and how do use them in your everyday life.

What you will get: detailed handouts; and samples in class of prepared edible weeds.

Presenter: Monique Miller. Learn about seasonal edible weeds that thrive in Melbourne inner north, and gain knowledge about the plants’ culinary, medicinal and ecological uses.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 9 @ 13:00 – 14:00

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.

Taste Heide @ Heide Museum of Modern Art
May 9 @ 15:00 – 16:30

Join Heide gardeners David, Katie and Luke for a conversation about productive gardening and tastings of the offerings available in the Heide gardens. Includes talk, garden tastings and cherry plum-infused gin.

May
10
Sun
Big Vegan Market @ Royal Exhibition Building
May 10 @ 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).

May
15
Fri
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 15 @ 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
16
Sat
From milk to cheese @ That's Amore Cheese
May 16 @ 10:00 – 15:00

What you will learn:

  • How to make hand-stretched fresh mozzarella and create bocconcini.
  • How to make primo sale.
  • How to make fresh ricotta.

What you will get:

  • Italian style lunch.
  • Primo sale and freshly made mozzarella to take home.
Home brewing @ CERES
May 16 @ 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.

Nutrition gardening – growing nutrient dense food in any space @ Edendale
May 16 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Presenter: Donna Livermore. Topics to be covered will include: selecting crop varieties; understanding and transforming your soil; an introduction to soil minerals; focusing on the soil food web; creating nutrient rich composts; fertilising your plants for maximum nutrition; and harvesting and preparing produce to maintain nutrients.

Permaculture workshop @ Park Orchards Community House & Learning Centre
May 16 @ 10:00 – 15:00

Trainer: Cass Groves. Learn about permaculture design principles to make your garden more sustainable and abundant. The course includes a brief history of permaculture, zone planning, soil health, companion planting, energy and water harvesting.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 16 @ 13:00 – 14:00

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.

May
17
Sun
Introduction to Retrosuburbia (2 sessions) @ CERES
May 17 @ 10:00 – 16:30

On Sunday, 17th May and Sunday, 24 May, both 10am-4.30pm.

Presenter: Beck Lowe. This workshop will explore the material in David Holmgren’s book RetroSuburbia. You will: explore the potential for the suburbs to be transformed into productive, low ecological footprint, resilient and fulfilling places to live, without the need for large-scale top-down investment; get inspiration and practical retrofitting ideas for your home and household in the three key fields: built, biological and behavioural; and connect with like-minded people and share experiences and ideas.

May
19
Tue
Intro to permaculture (3 sessions) @ Park Orchards Community House & Learning Centre
May 19 @ 10:00 – 15:00

3 sessions, on Tuesdays 19th May, 26th May and 2nd June, each 10am-3pm.

Trainer: Cass Groves. Learn about permaculture design principles to make your garden more sustainable and abundant. The course includes a brief history of permaculture, zone planning, soil health, companion planting, energy and water harvesting.

The urban farmer @ Nunawading Library
May 19 @ 19:00 – 20:00

Would you like to create a highly productive food forest garden in your backyard? Find out how with Justin Calverley.

Composting and worm farms @ Brunswick Library
May 19 @ 19:45 – 20:45

Kaye Roberts-Palmer will discuss the different types of home composting from direct dig through to Bokashi, the dos and don’ts of composting, how to set up a worm farm and the magic of worm tea.

Registrations essential.

May
22
Fri
GABS Beer, Cider & Food Fest @ Royal Exhibition Building
May 22 @ 11:30 – 16:30

Featuring 170 beers and ciders brewed especially for the event.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 22 @ 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.

GABS Beer, Cider & Food Fest @ Royal Exhibition Building
May 22 @ 18:30 – 23:30

Featuring 170 beers and ciders brewed especially for the event.

May
23
Sat
GABS Beer, Cider & Food Fest @ Royal Exhibition Building
May 23 @ 11:30 – 16:30

Featuring 170 beers and ciders brewed especially for the event.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 23 @ 13:00 – 14:00

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.