The Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival is on again from Monday 12 to Saturday 17 May. There are lots of workshops, seminars and demonstrations throughout the week, many of which are free. So come and celebrate all things homemade at the Festival!
Monday offerings include A Journey to the Nazarian Valley and How to Make Mozarella at Home. You've just got to decide whether you'd like to spend some time in Rouada El Hajja's kitchen and go on a delicious trip to Syria or learn the ins and outs of making your own cheese at home.
Tuesday features the author of Growing Honest Food, Gabriella Gomersall-Hubbard who will share her stories about the Siciliano family and how committed they are to all things homemade and home grown. In addition, Gabriella will demonstrate two recipes from her book.
We all know that homemade meals are good for us, but do you know why? Find out the advantages of homemade meals with Dr Bhensri Naemiratch's Homemade for Health and understand appropriate portion sizes and learn to read labels.
And wine connoisseurs must not miss out on Introduction to Homemade Wine Making & Appreciation class.
Take a look at art works by Anne Thoday, Michelle Grimstone, Nina Mulhall and Jeff Morse at Preserving Memories exhibition fromTuesday to Saturday. These works tell stories from Darebin kitchens. What's your story?
Thursday events include Make Your Own Thai Curry Paste from Scratch and The Zero-Waste Kitchen. Time to throw out your jar of curry from the supermarket and make your own super healthy and delicious paste.
A is for Atlas: Cherry, Cherry (A Dining Room Tale) invites you to Neda Rahmani's home. The Northcote musician will share with you her history, culture and craft through a story about multiculturalism accompanied by scrumptious eats of Mauritius and Iran. This event is onFriday and Saturday.
As Saturday is the last day of the Festival, there are plenty of goings-on for everyone. Preston City Hall is the place to be for a serious session of homemade wine and beer tasting; an informative session about bottling and preserve your own olives; and your chance to learn about salami making.
The Family Pasta Race at Preston Market is guaranteed to be an exciting competition. So if you have a family of pasta masters, then some and show off your talent.
The Intercultural Centre is the venue for HerbShare Film Launch and Roll Your Own Japanese Brown Rice Sushi demonstration. And other events include Backyard Harvest Gardeners Q & A Panel at Preston City Hall and Brew in a Bag Workshop at Preston Shire Hall.