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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

Snail Recent Events:

Well, winter is definitely here now !

Which made it perfect timing for our first Slow Soup Kitchen for 2014 at Southside Markets on Sunday 22 June.  The event was a great success, thanks to the generosity of stall holders at the Markets who donated produce, our soup makers who created the four yummy soups on offer, and our volunteers on the day.  Keep an eye our for another Slow Soup Kitchen, possibly in August.

During June, we also visited the Old Cheese Factory at Reidsdale near Braidwood, tasted some lovely cider (including a very warming mulled cider on arrival), heard about host Gary’s work in reviving heritage cider-apple varieties and enjoyed a delicious lunch of local produce.

So, what is coming up in the next few weeks …….

COMPREHENSIVELY TRUFFLES: A CELEBRATION OF THE SEASON – FARM VISIT, COOKING DEMONSTRATION AND LUNCH – SUNDAY, 3 AUGUST 2014, from 9:30am

This is an event created especially for Slow Food Canberra.

We celebrate the truffle season firstly at Franca and Darko Brucic’s truffle farm at Wamboin and then at Le Tres Bon restaurant at Bungendore.

Franca and Darko will show you around their truffle farm where you will learn about truffle trees and how truffles grow.

Then, at Le Tres Bon restaurant, you will be greeted with coffee/tea on arrival before chef and Slow Food member Christophe Gregoire demonstrates cooking with truffles used in dessert dishes and gives an interesting talk about the history of truffles, how they are stored and used in cooking.  A two course truffle lunch of organic beef cheeks and truffled carbonnade (described by Christophe as ‘winter on a plate’: beef cheeks and truffles slow cooked in ale and warming homemade ginger bread spices served with Dauphine truffled potatoes) followed by truffled floating island for dessert.  A glass of matching local wine will be served with lunch.

Cost is $85 for members and $90 for non members. Bookings and prepayment are essential to events@slowfoodcanberra.com.  Book now for this not to be missed event !

BREAKFAST BOOK CLUB – SOCIETEA CAFE, GRIFFITH – NEXT MEETINGS, 8 AM FRIDAY 18 July, THEN 1 AND 15 August

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”.

If you have been thinking of joining this group now is a good time.  Members have recently completed reading “Nourishing Traditions” and elected to read it again!   This is because the book is information dense, a ‘conversation starter’ on all things nutrition and some book club members joined in at various chapters of the reading and are keen to complete the book discussion.

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

Permaculture Exchange

SEE-Change Canberra

THE LYONS CHOOK CO-OP2-4 PM,  SUNDAY, 20 JULY 2014

Woden SEE-Change invites you to attend an over the back fence tour of a local neighbourhood co-operative and asks:  Do you like fresh eggs but don’t want chooks in your backyard?  Or do you want to keep chooks but wonder what to do with all those surplus eggs?  Perhaps you’d like to be involved in community food production.  Maybe a chook co-op is for you.

Bookings and further information at www.see-change.org.au/node/1019

ALL SEASON COOL CLIMATE VEGETABLE GROWING – SATURDAY, 26 JULY 2014 – WYNLEN HOUSE MICRO FARM, BRAIDWOOD

This workshop will provide participants with the basic knowledge for successful vegetable production where overnight winter temperatures are often below zero with a long winter frost season.  Bookings and further information bronmric@bigpond.com

ABORIGINAL HERITAGE WALK – BUSH FOOD – SUNDAY 27 JULY

Join local Ngunawal custodians on the shores of Lake Ginninderra to learn about local bush foods and the significance of this area to the Ngunawal people.  For more information and bookings, please contact Bronwyn at thunderstonemg@gmail.com

UPPER SHOALHAVEN AND UPPER DEUA LANDCARE NETWORK REGIONAL PRODUCERS’ PROJECT – WINTER WORKSHOP -
MICRO TO MACRO;  SOIL HEALTH AT THE VARIOUS SCALES OF LOCAL FOOD PRODUCTION – SUNDAY 27 JULY

Slow Food member Maarten Stapper is a speaker at this event which will be held at Caroola Farm.  Further information and bookings to the project co-ordinator 0407 071 064.

CANBERRA ENVIRONMENT CENTRE WORKSHOPS – JULY/AUGUST 2014

The good folk at the Canberra Environment Centre are running a series of great food-related workshops over the winter months.  These include: making kimchi (19 July), solar cooking at home (29 July), making bread at home (9 Aug), cooking with truffles (16 Aug) and pickling and fermenting (16 Aug).

For more information and bookings, see 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.

WEEKEND COURSES IN HERBAL MEDICINES – JULY/SEPTEMBER/NOVEMBER 2014

Our friends at Caroola Farm (between Bungendore and Braidwood) are convening three weekend courses in herbal medicines:

WINTER INTRO & PRACTICAL: July 19/20, 2014 – Canberra Environment Centre,
Acton, Canberra

SPRING INTRO & PRACTICAL: September 20/21 – Caroola Farm, Mulloon, NSW
(between Bungendore and Braidwood)

SUMMER INTRO & PRACTICAL: November 8/9 – Nunyara Farm, Braidwood, NSW

For details about course content and costs, and to make bookings, please see  www.permacultureexchange.org.au/2014-herbal-medicine-courses-save-the-date/

RANDOM NOTES

Keep an eye out during July for the launch of 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).

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