The Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival is for all the foodies out there, and let's face it, we all love our food. Running from 1-8 June 2019 it features tours, workshops, bake-offs, and curated markets. Tap into the traditions of sustainable food practices amongst the culturally rich residents of Melbourne's inner north. Whether you want to sample local creations, expand your cooking repertoire, make your own wine or take a tour, you will find something delicious to suit your culinary needs. CLICK HERE for the full program.
If you live, work, study or recreate in the City of Darebin you're entitled to enter the Darebin Bake Off (sponges, cookies, biscuits, scones), or the Beer, Wine & Produce Competition. For more information about entering the comps and downloading the entry form, CLICK HERE.
Northcote Town Hall Civic Square, 189 High St, Northcote, will be transformed into a bustling Homemade Marketplace & Meet the Makers event showcasing craft beer brewers, alongside wine and spirits curated by Thornbury's Carwyn Cellars. Enjoy coffee and music while you browse and buy at the marketplace which will feature a carefully selected range of boutique food and produce stalls on Saturday 8 June from 12pm to 4pm. The Makers will be there from 1pm onwards. BYO coffee cup and bag for purchases.
The Local Legends Series workshops are as follows, with more information via the links provided, and on the Darebin Arts website. Please note, these are ticketed events and transaction fees apply when booking online and over the phone. It's free of charge when booking in person at the box office. Please note these events are unable to accommodate allergies and dietary requirements.
Other events include Preserving Fruit with Kat Lavers on 1 Jun from 10am to 11.30pm (Tickets $10) held in a private kitchen and garden in Northcote, with info emailed week of the event. You can also Learn to Make Baklava which is a FREE event hosted by Darebin Libraries (Tue 4 Jun from 6.45pm to 7.45pm), however bookings are essential (CLICK HERE) or call 1300 655 355.
Other freebies you can enjoy are the Binding Connects Photographic Exhibition depicting Khmer life beyond the tourist attractions of Cambodia by Harriet Claire (1-7 Jun 9am-8pm weekdays & 10am-4pm weekends). and the Melbourne Food Hub Open Day (2 Jun 9am to 3pm), which is entry by gold coin donation, and bookings are not required. Head here to experience the diverse food enterprises blossoming at Alphington Farmers Markets and more.
Feast your eyes on Feast Filmsmini festival of foodie films. Exploring and celebrating food and wine traditions from around the world, these three handpicked films will leave your mouth watering. There's Ratatouille ($5 - Family of 4 $10) on 1 June at 12pm, a much-loved Disney Pixar animation that follows a rat named Remy who dreams of becoming a great chef in Paris.
Our Blood is Wine ($10) on 1 Jun at 3pm gives you intimate access to rural family life in the Republic of Georgia, and 8000 year old winemaking traditions; and lastly, The Lunchbox ($10) at 5.30pm on the same day. A mix up of the famously efficient lunchbox delivery system has two strangers communicating through a series of letters.
You could park yourself at the Reservoir Community & Learning Centre Function Room all day to enjoy these three films. Tickets can be purchased via the provided links (transaction fees apply as aforementioned) and come with a complimentary soft drink and popcorn.