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Come with us on a journey to discover the diversity of food, wine and produce in the Canberra region and beyond!

Slow Food is an international movement that promotes food and wine culture. It links pleasure and food with awareness and responsibility. Slow Food is also about forming networks between farmers and consumers; learning about our land and its limitations; and seeking to preserve local, regional and national foods and food practices especially those that are threatened with extinction.

Slow Food Events – August

Snail Recent Events:

Many thanks to Franca and Darko Brucic for hosting an interesting and enjoyable visit to their truffle farm on Sunday 3rd of August, and to Christophe and Josephine Gregoire at Le Tres Bon for a beautiful winter truffle-inspired lunch.

Slow Food events in the next few weeks ……………………

WYNLEN HOUSE. BRAIDWOOD – PRODUCER VISIT:  FARM TOUR AND GARDEN/PADDOCK TO PLATE LUNCH 11am, SUNDAY 31 AUGUST 2014

Join us for a visit to the micro farm Wynlen House where food metres have replaced food miles!

Our hosts Bronwyn Richards and her partner Helen Lynch operate this “urban farm” and four-season market garden within Braidwood town.  Wynlen House produces vegetables, eggs, meat and other products for sale to the local community at a market stall on Saturday mornings.  The focus is on growing food to be consumed locally;  the essence of Slow Food!

Our visit will begin with a farm tour conducted by Bronwyn who will fire up our imagination as she explains the philosophy of the farm, the organic and permaculture principles employed and answers our questions along the way.  Meanwhile Helen will prepare our lunch of Wynlen House produce, from garden to plate in only twenty metres.  A seasonal set menu of a couple of courses including meat, fruit and vegetables will be served at a communal long table in the garden (weather permitting) where we will continue our conversation with Bronwyn and Helen.  There will be a range of dishes available, so that most food preferences will be well catered for.  You are welcome to BYO wine.  Further information about the property is at http://www.wynlenhouse.com/

The cost is $90 for members and $100 for non members.  There is a limit of 15 so please book early.

Bookings (to events@slowfoodcanberra.com)) and prepayment are essential.

KOKONUT PACIFIC – WAREHOUSE VISIT AND MORNING TEA – 2/34 SILVA AVE, QUEANBEYAN (Map),  10 am, FRIDAY 29 AUGUST 2014

We have been invited to the Kokonut Pacific Warehouse in Queanbeyan to learn about Direct Micro Expelling (DME) technology for producing virgin coconut oil.  This product is cold-pressed by villagers in the Solomon Islands within one hour of opening a coconut, to produce a certified organic and fair trade extra virgin coconut oil.  Kokonut Pacific has developed DME for on-farm production of virgin coconut oil to increase the incomes of rural communities and to supply coconut oil to the world markets.  It is sold in Australia under their Niulife brand.  Another coconut based product is coconut flour which is certified organic and contains no fillers, gluten, grains or soy to provide a gluten-free, low-GI, low-carb, high fibre flour.  We will learn more about the production and health benefits on our visit.

At the conclusion of the talk and tour we will share morning tea made with some of the Kokonut Pacific products. There will also be an opportunity to purchase from their extensive range of coconut products.  For further background information, you may like to view this link, which includes a 14 minute video.

Cost is $5 for members and $15 for non members payable on the day.  Bookings are essential at events@slowfoodcanberra.com

BREAKFAST BOOK CLUB – SOCIETEA CAFE, GRIFFITH. NEXT MEETINGS, 8 AM FRIDAY 15 AND 29 AUGUST, THEN 12 SEPTEMBER

The Breakfast Book Club meets fortnightly at 8 am at the Societea Cafe, 4/12 Barker St (Griffith Shops) Griffith. Enjoy a nutritional breakfast, great coffee and a hearty discussion based on a chapter of Sally Fallon’s “Nourishing Traditions”.

There is no charge to attend but you are obliged to purchase a cup of your favourite beverage;  a varied breakfast menu is also available. For further information email events@slowfoodcanberra.com

Your cooperation in booking ahead for Slow Food events (those with the red snail above) is greatly appreciated.  Many of our events involve visits to local producers.  This often means that we are going onto private property which, in many cases, is both a working farm and the private residence of our host(s).

Some other regional events that may be of interest to Slow Food members and friends

Slow Food Canberra believes that finding out about and enjoying good, locally produced food is not only a healthy option at a personal level, but makes a significant contribution towards building a genuine, resilient community.  There are a number of not-for-profit organisations in the Canberra region that share these aims, and we would encourage you to find out about these organisations and to also participate in their events.  The following links take you to the events diaries of some relevant organisations:

Canberra Environment Centre
Canberra Organic Growers Society (COGS)
Capital Regional Farmers’ Market (EPIC)
Permaculture Exchange
SEE-Change Canberra
Southside Farmers’ Market

SEE-CHANGE WINTER SOUP MOVIE EVENT – SATURDAY 16 AUGUST 2014

Join the SEE-Change community this August to celebrate another gorgeous Canberra winter.  We’ll be sharing some heart-warming home cooked meals and watching a variety of member selected short films and video clips with family and friends to inspire us in mind, body and soul.

For more information go to the SEE-Change website.

TALK BY MICHAEL CROFT ABOUT SLOW FOOD CANBERRA ORGANIC GROWERS SOCIETY (COGS) MEETING – 2pm, SUNDAY 24 AUGUST 2014

Slow Food Canberran Michael Croft will address the COGS monthly meeting in August about the principles and practices of Slow Food.  Visitors are welcome.

COGS meetings are held at the Majura Community Centre, Rosevear Place, Dickson.

Further information at www.cogs.asn.au

URBAN AGRICULTURE AUSTRALIA – CITY OF FOOD SEMINARS, 3, 10, 17 AND 24 SEPTEMBER 2014

Urban Agriculture Australia (UAA) is convening a season of seminars examining the opportunities for urban agriculture in Canberra.  Dates and topics are:

3 September – Agriculture in the City

10 September – High Efficiency Production

17 September – Residential and Small Scale Approaches

24 September – Food for a City – Commercial Viability.

All seminars commence at 6pm Wednesday evenings, and are held at the Pilgrim House Conference Centre in the city.  Cost is $25 per session for UAA members ($80 for the four sessions) or $30 per session for non-members ($100 for the four sessions)

Further information, bookings and ticket purchase at www.urbanagriculture.org.au/city-of-food-series/

 CANBERRA ENVIRONMENT CENTRE WORKSHOPS – AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2014

The good folk at the Canberra Environment Centre are running a series of great food-related workshops over the coming months.  Check out their program and book in at www.ecoaction.com.au/events/

 MORE THAN A BREAD WORKSHOP – MONGARLOWE (near Braidwood) 30th August

Not only will you learn to make delicious and nourishing bread from master baker, Matthew Hulse, formerly of Dojo Bakery in Braidwood, but you will also learn about the science of nutrition in bread making from Matthew along with Rob Gourlay, an environmental scientist of Phi’on at Mongarlowe, who specialises in the live probiotics used in soils and the dough starters to achieve the most nutrient-rich bread.

The day will include refreshments, morning and afternoon tea plus lunch with your freshly baked bread. You may wish to bring a plate to share. Could you please inform Stephanie of what food you will bring for catering purposes: steph@phion.com.au or phone (02) 4842 8149.

You are asked to wear comfortable clothes and solid shoes and you may like to bring an apron.  The venue is Mangiri, a bushland retreat at Mongarlowe which is a half hour drive from Braidwood.  See  http://www.phion.com.au/index.php

Cost is $120.  For bookings contact sarah@phion.com.au.  and for payments and further information please contact Stephanie Gourlay at Phi’on on 4842 8182 or steph@phion.com.au

Places are limited so please book early to reserve your spot.

 Random Notes

Keep an eye out during August for events being held during Fair Food Week (10 – 19 October 2014).

Urban Agriculture Australia is convening again to develop an urban food growing display and associated information sessions at Floriade 2014 (13 September – 12 October 2014).

Prefer to buy your wine from good local producers ?  Local Murrumbateman winemaker Sarah Collingwood (Four Winds vineyard) has developed a website showing which wine labels are, in fact, the ‘in house’ brands of the ‘Colesworths’ duopoly – remembering that these may also be sold through their many and various retail liquor stores and hotels.  Check out the list and background information at www.whomakesmywine.com.au

Why is Slow Food so keen to support local producers – here’s an recent article from The Conversation website that really is food for thought : why-bad-food-is-good-for-business

If you would like to join Slow Food go to the following link  http://www.slowfood.com/joinus/membership/australia or contact us at  info@slowfoodcanberra.com

If you have an event idea or want to be more involved in Slow Food events, please email events@slowfoodcanberra.com