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The Great Local Lunch 2018 - Free Event

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Where foodies, urban farmers, home growers and foragers meet

The Great Local Lunch is on again for its 5th year on Sunday 11 February from 12.30 - 2.30 pm by the Yarra River at Birrarung Marr, Melbourne.

This is a free four-course lunch which features at the Sustainable Living Festival's, Big Weekend, which is 3 days of sustainable living exhibition, presentations, entertainment and more. In support of Melbourne's 'War on Waste', this year, The Great Local Lunch is inviting guests to exchange their ways of defining food usage, by growing food, or foraging and salvaging food waste. The ingredients for this lunch will come from a 'crowd farming' model, with produce that is grown or gleaned from home gardens, local farms or neighbourhoods across Melbourne.

Photo from Sustainable Living Festival

There are two different ways you can get tickets to this event, but you cannot buy your way in.

The first way you can get tickets is by contributing your harvest. The Great Local Lunch really begins with urban growers and gleaners offering their harvest. It could be anything in excess from your food garden, a bunch of wild rocket, to lemons from your aunt's overly abundant tree or vegetables saved from their imperfect fate. Whether you've grown or gleaned it, it is about sourcing excess or foraged fresh food that could be much more.

The second way, is if you don't have any harvest or forage to share, then you can submit an inspiring story about how you are redefining local food and waste, to try your luck for a ticket.

You can register your harvest or your story for The Great Local Lunch here.

Free lunch, Kinfolk cafe, Kat Lavers
Photo credit: Katie Dutton Photography

This four-course meal will be crafted by the chefs from Kinfolk Café, which is a social enterprise with a focus on local, ethical and organic produce. They are located just down the road from the festival, at 673 Bourke St, Melbourne. In 2017, they designed and delivered the meal for the Great Local Lunch and they are ready for the challenge again this year.

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Photo credit: Katie Dutton Photography

The challenge of it is, they won't know the exact type and quantities of produce they will receive until it arrives, in the lead up to the event. Then chefs will create and prepare, with their volunteers, an innovative menu, for 250 guests.

Costa georgiadis, garden, australia, gnome, local lunch
Photo credit: Katie Dutton Photography

Hosting the event again this year, is Costa Georgiadis, Australia's favourite garden gnome from ABC's Gardening Australia. He not only has an interest in gardening, permaculture and sustainability, but also community, openness and sharing. Costa talks about the 2017 Great Local Lunch saying "The energy of the event is driven by a hunger for the food system, they (the guests) were eating good food but the hunger was to learn and share that information".

SLF, GLL, Local lunch, sustainable living festival, instagram photos
Photo credit: Katie Dutton Photography

The Great Local Lunch organisers say that this highlights the important work being done by local farmers and backyard and balcony growers to reduce our impact on the environment. They suggest that people could even consider attending edible weed foraging events to gather produce, otherwise they are looking forwards to reading the entries with stories of how people are redefining food waste, at home or in the greater community. So while this may be a free lunch, you do need to participate, if you want to attend. It really is a highlight event for novice or serious backyard growers, urban farmers, foragers and foodies alike.

Whether you have a bunch of herbs, boxes of veggies, or a story to tell, all you need to do is register or you can follow updates with the Facebook event listing.
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Why? For growers, gleaners and foodies to share and enjoy a sustainable meal
When: Sunday 11 February 12.30 - 2.30 pm
Where: Sustainable Living Festival - Birrarung Marr
Cost: Free
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I love the concept and particulalry the way tickets are allocated. This is an innovative event and hopefully will have as strong an impact as did the War on Waste program.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6160) 330 days ago
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