Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival


The festival is being held on the following weekends in May: 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th, and 18th & 19th. There are 9 garden tours (see below) and 10 workshops (see next section). Each event is $10 ($5 concession).

Click on any event title for a description of that event, on the ‘expand all’ button top right to show all the event descriptions, or on any ‘ticket’ button to purchase tickets.

Living & Learning Nillumbik Community Veggie Garden @ Nillumbik Living & Learning Centre
Jun 20 @ 09:30 – 11:00

Feel free to drop by to have a look at the garden, to find out more and to meet the garden coordinator, Trevor.

Click here to read about the garden.

Garden of Plenty Community Garden (Greensborough) working bee @ Diamond Valley Library
Jun 20 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Are you a keen gardener but don’t have the space you need? Meet other volunteer gardeners to share tips and ideas, contributing to the maintenance of the community garden. Plant, harvest and dig to your heart’s content.

Click here to read about the garden.

Newton Street Community Garden @ Newton Street Community Garden
Jun 20 @ 10:00 – 12:00

A drop-in gardening session which everyone is welcome to attend.

Click here to read about the garden.

SEEDs Garden Club (Brunswick) working bee @ SEEDs Communal Garden
Jun 20 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Everyone welcome. Help them continue to transform their garden into an edible, beautiful and educational sanctuary for all who pass through their gates.

Click here to read about the garden.

Your Community Health Garden (Reservoir) working bee @ Your Community Health
Jun 20 @ 10:00 – 12:00

There is someone in the garden every Thursday morning.

Kombucha tea making @ Diamond Valley Library
Jun 20 @ 11:00 – 12:00

Join Katherine Barling to learn how to make kombucha tea. Enjoy a demonstration of how to prepare, build and harvest the finished kombucha drink and (perhaps) enjoy some samples.

Community lunch (Carlton North) @ Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre
Jun 20 @ 12:45 – 13:45

Share a healthy home-cooked lunch and chat with fellow community members and Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre staff.

Sylvester Hive Community Garden (Preston) @ Pavilion School grounds
Jun 20 @ 17:30 – 19:30

Take something to share at their communal meal.

Click here to read about the garden.

Ganache and truffles – let’s play! @ Sisko Chocolate Eastland, Shop 2126, Eastland Shopping Centre
Jun 20 @ 18:30 – 19:30

What you will learn:

  • How to temper chocolate to create a shine and crispy snap.
  • How to create ganache.
  • Let your creativity shine through as you decorate your truffles.

What you will get:

  • A box of truffles that you have handcrafted.
  • A starter pack – apron, dipping tool, chocolate, recipes.

Once you know how to temper and how to work with chocolate, your imagination will be your only limitation. They will make a ganache for the filling, revealing the small tricks that ensure a smooth outcome.

Community dinner (Lilydale) @ Lilydale Showgrounds, Main Street<br>(mid Sep to mid May); The Chapel,<br>42-44 Castella Street (mid May to mid Sep).
Jun 20 @ 19:00 – 21:00

FoodStop creates a safe and positive environment for those needing a meal and/or social interaction.

Whilst FoodStop is usually located at the entrance to the Lilydale Showgrounds, in the colder months (mid May to mid September), it is in The Chapel at 42-44 Castella Street, Lilydale.

Cooking master class – ‘quick & simple Italian’ @ Gourmet Living
Jun 20 @ 19:00 – 21:00

Enjoy 3 tasting size courses cooked by chef Bek McMillan, from Gourmet Living, who will demonstrate step by step. All recipes are included.

Menu: tomato bruschetta; simple chicken cacciatore; and pear & raspberry tart.

Intro to Turkish cooking @ Koonung Cottage Community House
Jun 20 @ 19:00 – 21:00

Join Arzu Yilmaz for a Turkish cooking and cultural experience. Hear about her experiences as a young girl living in Istanbul whilst cooking four traditional dishes. With influences from both the Mediterranean and
Middle East, Turkish food is unique in taste and texture. Bring some takeaway containers as there’s sure to be more food than can be eaten at the event.

Book by phone (0403 046680).

Food Not Bombs, Coburg @ outside of Coburg Library
Jun 20 @ 19:30 – 21:30

Food Not Bombs Melbourne is part of a worldwide movement that cooks and distributes vegan organic food to anyone and everyone, without restriction. It bases itself in Brunswick, gathers leftover organic fruit and vegetables from Queen Victoria Market and elsewhere, gives some to worthy causes, then cooks up the rest and serves it on the streets of Fitzroy, Coburg and Footscray. They would welcome more people to help them cook the meals (you can cook what you like or help someone else cook). The cooking takes place at 5 Pitt Street, Brunswick, starting 2 hours before the serving times.

The Community Grocer Carlton @ public housing estate
Jun 21 @ 09:00 – 12:30

The Community Grocer aims to improve access for people living on a low-income to fresh, affordable food. They do this by running weekly fruit and vegetable markets across Melbourne. Everyone is welcome.

West Brunswick Community Garden weekly meetup
Jun 21 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Click here to read about the garden.

Community lunch (Preston) @ The Bridge
Jun 21 @ 12:00 – 13:00

Go for a lunch and stay for the conversation and activities.

Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
Jun 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.

Cook Indian by the creek @ Private address
Jun 21 @ 18:15 – 20:00

Menu (vegan): aloo gobi and aubergine masala. Cauliflower with potatoes and aubergine baked with spices and cooked with tomatoes. Gluten free.

Cook Indian by the creek came into existence with the idea of breaking the myth that Indian cooking is complex and difficult to nail. In each session, they will share their traditional recipes and go through the step by step cooking process. The classes are held in a private kitchen.

Book by email.

Abbotsford Convent Farmers’ Market @ Abbotsford Convent
Jun 22 @ 08:00 – 13:00
Coburg Farmers’ Market @ Coburg Primary School
Jun 22 @ 08:00 – 13:00
St Andrews Market @ Corner of Kangaroo Ground/St Andrews and Heidelberg/Kinglake Roads
Jun 22 @ 08:00 – 14:00

Dogs not permitted.

The Fitzroy Mills Market
Jun 22 @ 09:00 – 14:00

Every Saturday except during January.

Wonga Park Farmers’ Market @ Wonga Park Primary School
Jun 22 @ 09:00 – 14:00

If you go to the market, you can also visit the school’s Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden.

The joy of backyard chooks @ Bulleen Art and Garden
Jun 22 @ 09:30 – 12:30

What you will learn:

  • How to get started with keeping chickens in a suburban backyard.
  • How to house and protect chooks from predators.
  • How chooks can be used to improve your garden and soil.

Presented by Sarah Hardgrove. Keeping a few chooks in the backyard used to be a staple of Australian suburban life, and their eggs made up a healthy part of our diet. But even though our house blocks might be shrinking, a smaller backyard doesn’t necessarily mean an end to raising or enjoying them. In this class, you will find out just how easy it is to keep a few hens as pets and as the ultimate garden recyclers, as well as everything you need to know about housing, protecting and feeding them, and lots of practical ideas on how to live harmoniously with them in your garden. Suitable for those who have never kept chooks before.

East Reservoir Community Garden @ East Reservoir Senior Citizens Centre
Jun 22 @ 10:00 – 12:00
Grafting, pruning and espalier workshop @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
Jun 22 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Facilitated by Troy Dawes of Jeltro Cottage Permaculture. Learn all about heritage fruit tree grafting including how to start an orchard on a budget, grafting multiple varieties to the one tree, grafting techniques, tools, and choosing the all-important root stock. Combine grafting and espalier techniques and you can have all the fruit you’ll ever need in the smallest of yards! Learn about summer pruning techniques versus winter pruning and wound healing.

Book by phone (9870 2602).

Heathmont Seed and Crop Swap @ Tables Community Garden, Heathmont Baptist Church
Jun 22 @ 10:00 – 11:30

Organised by Outer Eastern Permaculture Swap. For the latest updates, see their Facebook page.

Knockout gnocchi @ Kitchen Warehouse
Jun 22 @ 10:00 – 11:30

Time to broaden your culinary expertise and meet pasta’s famous pillowy brother: gnocchi! They will show you how to make gnocchi at home through simple ingredients. From traditional potato to creamy ricotta and spinach, learn every nook and cranny that makes this classic Italian dish a favourite.

Links Community Garden Lalor meetup @ Links Community Garden Lalor
Jun 22 @ 10:00 – 12:00

All people of all ages are welcome, whether you’re a gardening wizard or don’t know a root from a branch.

Click here to read about the garden.

Lygon Street Community Garden (Brunswick East) working bee @ Lygon Street Community Garden
Jun 22 @ 10:00 – 12:00

Click here to read about the garden.

Power puff – pastry favourites @ Kitchen Warehouse
Jun 22 @ 10:00 – 11:30

Learn how to make quick and easy puff pastry that you can recreate at home. Also learn how to transform your basic laminated dough into buttery and delicious twists, turnovers, tarts, and more.

Urban Orchard Food Swap @ CERES
Jun 22 @ 10:00 – 13:00
Coburg Food Swap @ Reynard Street Community Garden, Robinson Reserve
Jun 22 @ 11:00 – 12:00
Preston/Thornbury Food Swap
Jun 22 @ 11:00 – 12:00
Wurundjeri bushfood planting bee @ Joe’s Market Garden
Jun 22 @ 11:00 – 13:00

The Wurundjeri Council and Joe’s Market Garden will be planting out 100s of murnong as part of their Wurundjeri Bushfood Growing Project to grow and sell high quality bushfood, help create meaningful employment for Aboriginal people, and grow climate-appropriate crops. The day will include a smoking ceremony.

Handmade pasta workshop @ Kitchen Warehouse
Jun 22 @ 12:00 – 13:30

They will show you how to make pasta dough by hand and turn it into a variety of pasta types. They may even throw in sauce-making secrets for good measure.

Pies, pies, pies @ Kitchen Warehouse
Jun 22 @ 12:15 – 13:45

From lining the right pie dish to blind baking to making a lattice top, learn the skills you need to bake a perfectly cooked pie every time.

Malt master class and mid-winter feast @ 3 Ravens Brewery
Jun 22 @ 12:30 – 14:30

What you will learn:

  • Taste your way through dark 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 dark beers.

What you will get:

  • Brewery tour.
  • Sharing style feast from CookShop Rotisserie.
  • A guided tasting of dark beers.
Community lunch (Mill Park) @ Mill Park Baptist Church
Jun 22 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Go and and enjoy a meal with them. Welcoming the homeless, people with dependencies, struggling families, asylum seekers, refugees, people with disabilities and anyone who just wants a good meal and a chat.

Macleod Community Garden working bee @ Macleod Organic Community Garden
Jun 22 @ 13:00 – 17:00

Go and plant seeds and seedlings or just join them for a cuppa in a beautiful tranquil setting.

Click here to read about the garden.

Open Table, Carlton North @ Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre
Jun 22 @ 13:00 – 14:00

Open Table “take surplus food that would otherwise be thrown away, and turn it into nutritious meals to share with the community, in order to reduce food insecurity and food waste”.

It appears that there are some months when the meal doesn’t happen so check their Facebook events page before going.

Thrive working bee (Diamond Creek) @ Thrive Community Garden
Jun 22 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Regular working bee. Everyone welcome.

Click here to read about the garden.