Join with us in celebrating the food, wine and produce of the Canberra/southern NSW region !

Slow Food promotes 'good, clean and fair' food for all:

- 'good' means nutritious food that is part of a local food culture;

- 'clean' means not harmful to the environment, animal welfare or human health; and

- 'fair' means accessible prices for consumers and fair returns, pay and conditions for producers.

Slow Food Events

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SATURDAY 14 JUNE 2014 – SULLY’S CIDER TOUR, TASTE AND LUNCH AT THE OLD CHEESE FACTORY, REIDSDALE

Once known as ‘Irish Corner’ due to the large number of Irish settlers, Reidsdale is a rural district about 15km south east of Braidwood.

Our hosts, the Watkins-Sully family will explain the cider making process and differentiate between the traditional cider they make at the factory and the industrialized version that has been popularized by the major breweries in recent times.

You will be taken on a journey of discovery and revival.  The Watkins-Sullys will explain how they have tracked down remnant trees that supplied a cider industry that flourished in the district over 130 years ago.  They will show you how they are now using apples, from trees propagated from those originals, to make cider that is authentic to the period.  They will talk about how traditional cider played a part in the European settlement of Australia and in particular, the Braidwood district. There will be mulled cider or apple juice on arrival and opportunity to taste the traditional ciders and wines made at the Old Cheese Factory.  Lunch will be a ploughman’s style platter designed to highlight the best produce that the region has to offer.  A children’s picnic basket or smaller meal is available at a reduced price.

Cost is $25 per person for Slow Food members, or $30 per person for non-members.

Pre-bookings and pre-payment by 7 June 2014 are required.  For further information or to book for this event, please email Slow Food Canberra at events@slowfoodcanberra.com.

Please arrive at the Old Cheese Factory, Reidsdale, by 11:00am.  It is suggested that you allow around 1 ½ hours for the drive from Canberra.

BREAKFAST BOOK CLUB – SOCIETEA CAFE, GRIFFITH – NEXT MEETINGS, 8 AM FRIDAY 23 MAY, THEN 6 AND 20 JUNE

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 food-related events in the region:

 LEARN ABOUT GROWING YOUR OWN VEGES, AND SUPPORT CANBERRA CITY FARM

Canberra City Farm (CCF) is calling for volunteers to help propagate seedlings and plants for its Floriade display in September.

CCF will run workshops in May, June and July to show volunteers how to:

  • make paper pots
  • plant seeds and prick out seedlings
  • care for seedlings and plants
  • build a polytunnel.

CCF will provide garden soil, pots/trays, mulch and some seeds. Donations of seeds also greatly appreciated!

Contact: Carole (carole.ayliffe@gmail.com)

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY DINNER 2014 – SATURDAY 31 MAY

Imagine a spectacular setting, sipping a glass of champagne overlooking a sunset panoramic view of Canberra, Lake Burley Griffin and beyond, while enjoying a delicious gourmet meal.

The dinner will be held at the beautifully scenic Arboretum with magnificent views looking out over Canberra.  It will start with champagne and canapés and continue with a delicious three course meal made with seasonal and local produce, prepared by regional food hero Janet Jeffs and her team from Ginger Catering.

The evening celebrations will include inspirational guest speaker Professor David Lindenmayer.  David is a highly-awarded Professor of Ecology at the Australian National University who been a passionate advocate for landscape ecology and conservation science for over 30 years.

You will be entertained by laugh-a-minute satirical music duo Shortis and Simpson who are well known for their action-packed and timely political satire by music.

Cost is $95 per person.  Tickets are available at http://conservationcouncil.org.au/civicrm/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/event/info&reset=1&id=18

WONDERFUL FOOD AND WINE ACTIVITIES WITH MOUNT MAJURA WINERY THROUGHOUT MAY

Every Saturday and Sunday in May, 10am – 5pm

  • Pinot Noir and Duck Pie food and wine pairing

 Thursday 15th May

  • Wine from the Vines to the City at A. Baker, New Acton.

 Friday 30th May

  • Mount Majura Vineyard Wine Dinner at Grazing in Gundaroo

For bookings and further details on these events, please see the Mount Majura website at www.mountmajura.com.au/events.html

MORE THAN A BREAD WORKSHOP – 1 Day Workshops – 9 AM TO 3 PM – TWO NEW DATES !!

Two more dates have been advised for the bread making workshops at Mongarlowe – Saturday 5th July & Saturday 30th August 2014

Not only will you learn to make a superb spelt sourdough 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 02-48428149.

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.

If you would like to join Slow Food go to the following link  http://www.slowfood.com/joinus/membership/australia