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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Aug
5
Thu
Attracting pollinators to your garden @ Parkview Room, Boroondara Council Offices
Aug 5 @ 18:30 – 20:30

Join Katrina Forstner from Buzz and Dig to explore the world of our native bees. Learn why native bees are so important and find out how to create your own bee-friendly garden. Katrina will talk you through identifying native bees, landscaping for bees, pesticide use, the best native plants, and how to make your own bee hotels and bee seed bombs. She will also talk about how native bees and honey bees can peacefully co-exist.

Aug
6
Fri
Sustainability 101: understanding food, water, energy and waste systems (6 sessions) @ Online (Zoom)
Aug 6 @ 09:30 – 12:30

6 sessions, each 9.30am-12.30pm, starting Friday, 6th August and ending Friday, 10th September.

Through this course you’ll develop the critical thinking skills needed to re-imagine our waste systems and implement practical everyday changes at home to reduce your household waste. You’ll leave the course being better equipped to live sustainably, manage household waste and understand the role of sustainability should play in business, government and community.

The topics will include: understanding climate change and sustainability; energy literacy and efficiency at home; being wise with water; food systems and managing household waste; the true cost of products; and sustainability in day-to-day life.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Aug 6 @ 12:00 – 13:00

A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting.

Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.

Aug
7
Sat
Apple scion sales and grafting demo @ CERES
Aug 7 @ 10:00 – 12:00

They will have a limited range of apple (and maybe a few plum) scions available for sale. There will also be some one year-old trees and rootstock so that they can graft up a tree for you.

No need to book – just turn up.

Make your own propagation box @ Whittlesea Library
Aug 7 @ 10:30 – 11:30

A propagation box, propagation chamber or propagator, is something that can be used for rooting plant cuttings. It works like a mini greenhouse that will protect plant cuttings and give them enough moisture so they can survive until they grow roots. In this session, they will show you how to make a homemade propagator and also how to use it for growing from cuttings.

Introduction to winemaking course (4 sessions) @ Online (Zoom)
Aug 7 @ 14:00 – 16:00

4 sessions, starting Saturday, 7th August and ending Saturday, 18th September, each 2-4pm.

Join members of the Eltham & District Winemaker’s Guild (EDWG) to learn about the art of winemaking using a fruit available throughout the year – raspberries (the frozen kind). The techniques taught can, however, be applied to all types of winemaking. An EDWG member mentor will be available as needed.

Over the 4 sessions, you will join your instructors and fellow winemakers online, follow the instructors as they take you through the notes and, over the sessions, you will make your first wine.

Book your place by phone (0408 031581).

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Aug 7 @ 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.

Aug
10
Tue
Farmers market workshop series: planning for growth @ Alphington Farmers' Market
Aug 10 @ 10:00 – 11:30

They will talk about some of the traps for new players like food laws, compliant processing, retail and wholesale pricing, distribution and logistics, and open up more avenues to get your produce to more customers.

This is one of a series of workshops for those involved in farmers’ markets.

Memories of cooking with my mother @ Coburg Library
Aug 10 @ 19:00 – 20:30

Olympia Panagiotopoulos will share her recipes and recollections from her memoir Beneath the Fig Leaves which was inspired by her mother Giannoula.

Registrations essential.

Aug
12
Thu
Beekeeping for beginners @ Parkview Room, Boroondara Council Offices
Aug 12 @ 18:30 – 20:30

Jane Dyer from Backyard Honey will talk about what’s involved in establishing a honeybee hive in an urban backyard and producing your own honey. You will learn about choice of bee species, colony dynamics, hive placement, equipment required, and will learn about your role as a beekeeper.

You will see a live honey bee display and participate in some raw honey tasting.

Aug
13
Fri
Mould – a cheese festival @ Abbotsford Convent
Aug 13 @ 11:00 – 15:00

The festival is on at 4.30-8.30pm on Friday, 13th August, 11am-3pm and 4-8pm on Saturday, 14th August and 11am-3pm on Sunday, 15th 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.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Aug 13 @ 12:00 – 13:00

A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting.

Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.

Mould – a cheese festival @ Abbotsford Convent
Aug 13 @ 16:30 – 20:00

The festival is on at 4.30-8.30pm on Friday, 13th August, 11am-3pm and 4-8pm on Saturday, 14th August and 11am-3pm on Sunday, 15th 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.

Aug
14
Sat
Flavours of Coburg food tour @ Coburg Library
Aug 14 @ 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.

Kitchen gardens for schools and the community @ CERES
Aug 14 @ 10:00 – 15:00

What you will learn:

  • How to create kitchen gardens.
  • More about sustainability.
  • How to design your own edible garden.

Presenter: Carol. Learn where to start, challenges, rewards, educational benefits and financial sustainability. This workshop would benefit those schools and other groups looking to create edible kitchen gardens for multi use.

Bee hotel workshop @ Whittlesea Library
Aug 14 @ 10:30 – 11:30

Make your own bee hotel.

This workshop will be delivered in partnership with Whittlesea Community Garden.

Pick and eat: winter harvest @ Heide Museum of Modern Art
Aug 14 @ 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 winter harvest. Following the tour, enjoy a glass of wine and a warming soup at the Heide cafe.

Mould – a cheese festival @ Abbotsford Convent
Aug 14 @ 11:00 – 15:00

The festival is on at 4.30-8.30pm on Friday, 13th August, 11am-3pm and 4-8pm on Saturday, 14th August and 11am-3pm on Sunday, 15th 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.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Aug 14 @ 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.

Mould – a cheese festival @ Abbotsford Convent
Aug 14 @ 16:30 – 20:00

The festival is on at 4.30-8.30pm on Friday, 13th August, 11am-3pm and 4-8pm on Saturday, 14th August and 11am-3pm on Sunday, 15th 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.

Aug
15
Sun
Winter fruit tree maintenance @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Aug 15 @ 09:30 – 12:30

What you will learn:

  • Pruning – formative and maintenance of new and established fruit trees. Also, selection and planting of new fruit trees.
  • Winter fruit tree maintenance practices for pest and disease prevention, control and treatment.
  • Pruning tool maintenance.

Presented by Angelo Eliades. The aim of this demonstration class is that you will leave it feeling confident to maintain your fruit trees. The preparation that is done in the colder months pays dividends in the growing and harvesting seasons to come.

Learn all of the pruning techniques and needs of individual fruit trees from apples and plums to persimmons and pomegranates. And hear about what not to do. Discover how to reduce and prevent pest and diseases that compromise your fruit production. Learn how to treat problems with different methods – organic/permaculture and conventional.

They will also cover buying new fruit trees and will demonstrate how to clean and sharpen your pruning tools and other edged garden tools (spades etc). You have the option to bring one of your own pruning tools along and learn how to sharpen it.

Bakery Hill whisky distillery tour and tasting @ Bakery Hill Distillery
Aug 15 @ 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.

Aug
18
Wed
Seed library working bee @ Shop 48 The Harmony Centre
Aug 18 @ 13:00 – 16:30

Go along along to help make seed packets. Enjoy a cuppa and a chat at the same time.

Just turn up.

Italian cooking: a main meal made with love @ Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre
Aug 18 @ 18:00 – 20:00

Lucia Silverii will teach the time-honoured techniques of southern Italian cooking. More specifically, you will cook polpetone (traditional cheese stuffed meatballs in a rich sauce).

Aug
19
Thu
Beekeeping – beyond the basics @ Parkview Room, Boroondara Council Offices
Aug 19 @ 18:30 – 20:30

Jane Dyer from Backyard Honey will talk you through how to manage your beehive for success. You will learn about seasons in the beehive, re-queening, pest control and harvesting your honey.

You will see a live honey bee display and participate in some raw honey tasting.

Aug
20
Fri
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Aug 20 @ 12:00 – 13:00

A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting.

Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.

Aug
21
Sat
Edible weeds walk @ Precise location to be given upon booking
Aug 21 @ 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
Aug 21 @ 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.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Aug 21 @ 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.

Aug
22
Sun
Growing fruit and veggies in small spaces @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Aug 22 @ 09:30 – 12:30

What you will learn:

  • Which produce plants are suitable to grow in small areas.
  • Coping with shade and sun for produce growing.
  • How to make the most of any available space for growing produce.

Presented by Angelo Eliades. Do you only have a small garden or no garden at all? Would you still like to grow your own food? This class will inspire you to get started. Topics will include fruit, vegetables and berries for small spaces, growing produce in pots and containers, maximising productivity in any size space and plant selection.

Bakery Hill whisky distillery tour and tasting @ Bakery Hill Distillery
Aug 22 @ 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.

Aug
24
Tue
Farmers market workshop series: promotion – customers and community @ Alphington Farmers' Market
Aug 24 @ 10:00 – 11:30

They will talk about some of the traps for new players like food laws, compliant processing, retail and wholesale pricing, distribution and logistics, and open up more avenues to get your produce to more customers.

This is one of a series of workshops for those involved in farmers’ markets.

How to control the Queensland Fruit Fly, with Angelo Eliades @ Watsonia Library
Aug 24 @ 11:00 – 12:00

In this workshop, you will learn about the best ways to manage them, how to achieve the best control outcomes using a strategic pest management approach (IPM), what products to use, as well as how and when to use them.

Registration essential.

Free to feed – cooking demonstration @ Darebin Intercultural Centre
Aug 24 @ 12:00 – 14:00

Improve your baklava making skills. Presenter: Zina, who is from Iraq.

Orgaanised by Free-to-Feed which is a not-for-profit social enterprise in awe of the potential and spirit of refugees, people seeking asylum and new migrants.

Aug
25
Wed
Italian cooking: antipasto and dessert to die for @ Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre
Aug 25 @ 18:00 – 20:00

Lucia Silverii will teach how to make stuffed peppers and tiramisu. You will also be treated to antipasto before eating the dessert.

Aug
27
Fri
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Aug 27 @ 12:00 – 13:00

A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting.

Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.

Aug
28
Sat
Food photography @ Eltham Living and Learning Centre
Aug 28 @ 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.

Permaculture workshop @ Park Orchards Community House & Learning Centre
Aug 28 @ 09:30 – 14:30

Trainer: Kushala Prem. Learn a range of practical skills that can be applied in your garden for immediate benefits including permaculture principles that apply to food production, home design & construction, energy conservation & generation and waste management systems.

Introduction to growing vegetables @ Balwyn Community Centre
Aug 28 @ 10:00 – 15:00

Learn all the requirements for establishing a productive veggie plot at home including all the information needed to prepare your soil, plant the right vegetables, care for them accordingly and manage pest and disease issues as they arise. Led by qualified horticulturists, Nicola and Harry.

Edible weeds walk @ Precise location to be given upon booking
Aug 28 @ 10:30 – 12:30

This walk will take place twice on the day, at 11am and at 2pm.

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
Aug 28 @ 13:30 – 15:30

This walk will take place twice on the day, at 11am and at 2pm.

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.

Aug
29
Sun
Bakery Hill whisky distillery tour and tasting @ Bakery Hill Distillery
Aug 29 @ 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.

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