Just when does spring start ? 1 September ? Maybe the spring equinox ? Our first day above 20 degrees ? The first lawn mower ? Or is it the first day when you can leave work and the sun is still up !
One thing is certain – seedlings are starting to pop up (keep the tender ones out of the frost for a while yet !), and the big spring growth spurt is about to hit us.
If your thoughts are turning towards growing some food at home, make sure you get down to the Urban Agriculture Australia display at Floriade during September and October for great information and inspiration.
In the last month, we spent an enjoyable and informative morning at the Kokonut Pacific warehouse (Queanbeyan), where we learnt about the health benefits of coconut products and the benefits this social enterprise brings to the lives of remote villagers of the Solomon Islands. A couple of days later, we soaked up some long-anticipated sunshine while enjoying a delicious ‘everything from the property’ lunch at Wynlen House in Braidwood. Well, everything except for Lea at Nunyara’s local camembert and fetta cheeses and Georgie’s BLOCK chocolates. A big ‘thank you’ for Bronwyn and Helen for an interesting tour of their mini-farm, a delicious lunch and great hospitality.
As the weather improves, we are looking to offer some more outdoors, self-catered events – but still featuring (and supporting) our wonderful local producers of ‘good, clean and fair’ food ! As always, your ideas for possible Slow Food events are much appreciated.
STEAMBOAT LUNCH – 12noon – SUNDAY 21 September
Ginger up your Sunday when Slow Fooders Eliza and Mark host a delicious steamboat lunch. In steamboat cooking, a pot of stock is kept simmering at the centre of the dining table. Ingredients are placed into the pot and are cooked at the table. A typical steamboat involves cooking thinly sliced meat, seafood, vegetables, dumplings and noodles in a leisurely fashion. Once cooked, the food is usually eaten with a dipping sauce. You won’t get a more sociable way to have lunch !
Eliza and Mark will provide all the ingredients and prepare the stock. There will also be a hands on demonstration of making traditional Jiaozi pork dumplings. Dessert will also be provided.
Please bring your own bowl, plate & cutlery (fork, spoon and/or chopsticks) and let us know of any dietary restrictions. Also, please bring your own drinks. All the ingredients (beef, chicken, prawns, fish, tofu, vegetables, pork dumplings, noodles, garlic & ginger) get cooked together but it is possible to make some accommodations, such as keeping one pot free of seafood.
Cost is $20 for Slow Food members or $30 for non-members. Bookings (to email@example.com) and prepayment by 17 September essential. Numbers are limited (to 14 guests), so please book early.
Yes. it’s back – the Slow Soup Kitchen returns to Southside Farmers’ Markets on Sunday 19 October 2014. Come along, support local growers and producers by doing your weekly shop at the Markets, celebrate Fair Food Week and enjoy a cup of home-cooked soup. You pay what you believe the soup is worth – a chance to think about the work of the growers and producers along the way !
More details in the October events update.
SAVE THE DATE – 26 OCTOBER 2014 – “THE MEADOWS”, LYNDHURST – SALLY AND RICHARD HINES – GOAT PRODUCERS
This date to be confirmed – but as this is a bit of a round-trip, we thought we should give you plenty of notice !
More details in the October events update.
Caroola Farm is a sustainable, permaculture farm near the Doughboy intersection (Goulburn road) between Bungendore and Braidwood. You can find out about some of the amazing things they get up to from their website – but why not come and see for yourself !
More details in future updates.
BREAKFAST BOOK CLUB – SOCIETEA CAFE, GRIFFITH
NEXT MEETINGS, 8 AM FRIDAY 12 AND 26 SEPTEMBER, THEN 10 OCTOBER
The Breakfast Book Club meets fortnightly at 8 am at the Societea Cafe, Griffith Shops. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
OK, maybe this is getting way ahead of ourselves, but our good friends at Slow Food Shoalhaven have put their hands up to host the Slow Food national meeting in 2015.
In the meantime, maybe daydream a little about ways of combining ‘good, clean and fair’ food and the beautiful South Coast !
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)
Southside Farmers’ Market
SPRING GARDENING WORKSHOP – ANU FOOD CO-OP - 10am – 12noon – SATURDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2014
Like we said before, spring is a great time to start planning for lots of your own fresh veges ! Get some great tips about setting up a vege garden at this workshop being hosted by Barbara’s Edible Gardens and The Dirty Beanstalk. For more details, see the flyer.
SYDNEY ITALIAN FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL – SUNDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2014
Heading to Sydney on the weekend of 13/14 September ? Consider catching one of the events of the Sydney Italian Food and Wine Festival 2014.
For more information and tickets, visit the website.
WORKSHOPS AT THE OLD CHEESE FACTORY, REIDSDALE (near Braidwood) – SATURDAY/SUNDAY 20/21 SEPTEMBER 2014 (CHEESE MAKING) and SATURDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2014 (BREAD)
The people who visited the Old Cheese Factory back in June will remember the great cider, beautiful surroundings and comfortable hospitality of Gary Watkins-Sully. Gary has now organised some very hands-on workshops – for details see the Old Cheese Factory website
URBAN AGRICULTURE AUSTRALIA – CITY OF FOOD SEMINARS 10, 17 AND 24 SEPTEMBER 2014
There is still time to catch one (or three !) of Urban Agriculture Australia’s (UAA) season of seminars examining the opportunities for urban agriculture in Canberra. Dates and topics are:
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 (UAA members) or $30 per session for non-members.
Further information, bookings and ticket purchase at www.urbanagriculture.org.au/city-of-food-series/
CANBERRA ENVIRONMENT CENTRE WORKSHOPS – SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014
Interested in making your own almond/cashew/coconut milk ? solar cooking at home ? making your own yoghurt ? Check out these and other interesting events at the Canberra Environment Centre. Their program and book information can be found at www.ecoaction.com.au/events/
REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AUSTRALIA SOUTHERN INLAND – AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL REGION FOOD HUB PRESENTATION – 15 OCTOBER 2014
Regional Development Australia – Southern Inland has been working with local food producers, distributors and consumers (yes, us !!) to map and promote the local food economy.
Find out more about this project at their second presentation, to be held in conjunction with Fair Food Week, on Wednesday (evening) 15 October 2014. Keep an eye out for further details on the RDASI website.
Check out local and interstate Fair Food Week (10 – 19 October 2014) events.
But before that, check out Urban Agriculture Australia‘s urban food growing display and associated information sessions at Floriade 2014 (13 September – 12 October 2014).
Does it sometimes feel like all this sustainability stuff is hard going ? Check out some really great ideas for people of all sizes at Little Green Steps !
If you would like to join Slow Food go to the following link http://www.slowfood.com/joinus/membership/australia or contact us at email@example.com