Mar 082013

Local food-related events

The little organic shop will be celebrating the opening of their new store on Saturday, March 9, 2-5pm. Phone on 9718 1623 or Email

Free Produce gardening walk at BAAG, Saturday March 9, 10 – 11am. The talk is FREE but bookings are required. Please phone 8850 3030 or email

Food Film Festival. The first film shown, Design for living, was a very inspirational story of a couple growing food in South Australia. Come along to next Wednesday’s films on “community gardening”. Kick off your shoes and be inspired and/or informed about  local food. March 13, 7:30-9:30pm, Edendale. Free event, but RSVP appreciated as homemade supper provided.

Our Home Harvest Festival is very near, Sunday March 17. Produce drop-offs are happening next week at various times. Growers should have been notified where and when. Growers, contact Kirsty if you missed it.

Preserving Workshop at Diamond Valley Library. Tuesday March 19 – 11.00am-12.30pm. Led by CWA vice-president Marie Vassallo. Bring your own jars, learn how to preserve & take home a little sample too. Bookings required see staff at the desk or phone 9434 3809.

Indian Cultural experience, Diamond Valley Library, Tuesday March 19, 6 – 8pm. Enjoy the tastes of India with a cooking demonstration & a performance by a Bollywood dancer! Bookings required. Ph. 9434 3809.

CERES Harvest Festival is on Saturday, March 23, 10am – 4pm.

Local Harvest Challenge. Join with LFC and register for this event Monday April 1 – Sunday April 7 by registering for one of 4 challenges to include local food in your menu each day. Maybe someone would like to organise a shared meal locally?

Some books borrowed from Yarra Plenty Library this week include: How to store your garden produce; the key to self sufficiency, by Piers Warren, and Joel Salatin’s latest title Folks, this ain’t normal.

Other food activities/information

Gusto! A culinary history of Victoria is a current exhibition at the Victorian State Library, open till Sunday 28 April 2013, 10am – 5pm,and until 9pm Thursdays. Savour the rich culinary history of Victoria in this free exhibition, featuring gastronomic treasures from our collections – from the first Australian cookbook, published in 1864, to an actual World War I army biscuit. Gusto! explores Victoria’s historic and contemporary culinary landscape, covering subjects such as the history of viticulture, Indigenous foods, sustainable food practices, fine dining and food rationing, and also features the fascinating stories of significant Victorian culinary figures including Jacques Reymond, Rita Erlich, Guy Grossi and Stephanie Alexander.

EcoCity Food Forum Melbourne, Friday, March 22, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Healthy food systems are the foundation for healthy lives, communities, economies and ecosystems. In order to build a future for Melbourne in which we can all thrive, we need a food system that is sustainable, resilient and fair. Doing Something Good in partnership with City of Melbourne, are hosting a one day forum for those working toward a better food system.  We’re bringing together people and organisations from across the food industry, with health and environmental advocates, government representatives and community members to: discover socially innovative and sustainable initiatives transforming food systems in Melbourne, across Australia and around the world; envision what a sustainable, resilient and fair food system for Melbourne might look like; discuss what we can all do to create opportunities, enable success and accelerate change; learn how we can better cooperate, collaborate and coordinate our efforts; make plans for individual and collective action.

Bhutan is the first country to go 100% organic. It “reminds us about the true lunacy of designating foods as ‘organic’ and ‘traditional’ in modern society. These Bhutan farmers are not growing magic beans or enchanted corn, they are growing real food. Actual food as it was grown for thousands of years.”

That is it for another week. Hope you are all enjoying Harvest month and can take part in at least one activity.

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