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Gusto! - A Culinary History of Victoria @ State Library of Victoria

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Gusto is a celebration of Victoria's rich and diverse food history. On show at the State Library, this is your chance practice the art and science of Gastronomy.

Gastronomy is the study of food - looking, tasting, experiencing, researching, understanding food and how it interfaces with a culture.

Did you know that humble biscuits in World War 1 were so hard that soldiers would write messages on them? Learn about food rationing, storage and war foods, a sometimes forgotten part of our past.

One of the themes of this exhibit is alcohol. Learn the background around the first grapevines planted at Yering in 1838. Learn about the anti alcohol movements through the years, including early drink-drive messaging and prohibition. See some of the earliest posters and ads touting "liquor strength". Are we really that different now? You be the judge.

Of course, no exhibition of Victorian food would be complete without getting a taste for the multicultural element. Approximately 140 cultures are represented in Victoria, from the original Indigenous inhabitants to more recent migrants from Asia and Africa. Victoria includes people from Somalia, South Korea, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, the United Kingdom, Vietnam, Italy, India, Greece, Japan and more. Most of these groups brings new food experiences, flavouring our community with culture.

Delve into the roots of indigenous foods and practice, and learn the importance, the struggles and stories behind this little known aspect of Australian history and food culture.

A full program of events and activities compliments this event including:

- Free tours held daily from 1pm from August 7th to 15th 2012.
A free tour with curator Tracey Judd Iva and food writer Rita Erlich will be held on August 30th 2012 from 6pm.
- Look - stop - taste tours run from 18 August 2012 - 16 September 2012.

See the associated events and program on the website.
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Why? Celebrate Victoria's food history!
When: 3/8/2012 to 28/4/2013
Phone: 03 8664 7000
Where: State Library of Victoria - 328 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC
Cost: Free
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