2018 Homemade Food and Wine Festival Program Released!

The popular Homemade Food and Wine Festival will be held in venues across Darebin from 26 May – 3 June. The new Homemade Market place and ‘Meet the Makers’ Showcase are taking place at the Northcote Town Hall on Saturday 26 May.

The Backyard Harvest Festival is proud to present 4 workshops by passionate local food growers and makers. The full program is available at www.darebinarts.com.au/foodandwine :

Mushrooms are our future

Ryan Creed and Julian Mitchell co-founded Life Cykel in 2015 after discovering how to grow gourmet mushrooms from waste coffee grounds. They have 5 mushroom farms across the country promoting a circular economy in food production, and are inspiring people to join the Mushroom Movement and turn more waste into food! Ryan will cover the mushroom production process, varieties and uses of mushrooms and tips for growing mushrooms at home in this fascinating talk. Includes tasting samples and an opportunity to purchase Life Cykel home mushroom kits and products.

Sunday 27 May, 2:00 – 3:30pm

Darebin Intercultural Centre (Pearl Room)
59A Roseberry Ave, Preston

Tickets $10, available here


RetroSuburbia: Aussie Street with David Holmgren

David Holmgren’s new book, Retrosuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future elevates the importance of household food growing into an empowering vision for the future of Australian suburbs. It uses permaculture thinking to create home-based solutions by retrofitting our homes, gardens and behaviours. This clever multi-media event will see David in conversation with passionate Darebin home food gardener and permaculture designer Kat Lavers – bringing his ideas to life. A remarkably insightful, thought-provoking vision for a resilient and life enhancing sustainable future.

Saturday 2 June, 10 – 11:30am Reservoir Community and Learning Centre, 23 Edwardes St, Reservoir

Tickets $10, available here

The Plummery: Garden Tour and Tasting

Kat Lavers’ award winning small-scale permaculture house and food garden, The Plummery is featured in permaculture co-originator David Holmgren’s new book RetroSuburbia. In this tour Kat will demonstrate how almost all the vegies, herbs, fruit and eggs consumed by the household are produced on a 280m2 block. Kat will also show how she recycles all organic waste, captures water and generates a large proportion of the household’s power on site. Includes produce tastings and a handout on growing winter vegies.

Sunday 3 June, 10 – 11:30am

Private home and garden in Northcote (address provided after booking)

Tickets $10, available here

Alphington Farmers Market Tour and Cooking Demonstration (jointly presented by Melbourne Farmers Markets)

Welcome the start of winter with a guided tour through the accredited Alphington Farmers’ Market. A unique opportunity to meet the characters and hear the stories direct from the farm. Along the way you will collect top quality seasonal Victorian produce to use in the Love Food Hate Waste cooking demonstration to follow. Learn how to shop waste free and make the most of your winter produce through storing tips and tricks, recipe ideas and creative ways to prevent food waste. Includes a tasting and ‘boomerang’ reusable market bag to take home. Be quick, places are limited.
Love Food Hate Waste is a Sustainability Victoria campaign.

Sunday 3 June, 10 – 11:30am

Melbourne Innovation Centre
2 Wingrove St, Alphington

Tickets $50, available here.

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