I'm a freelance writer who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula. I enjoy finding new things to see and do in the beautiful area that I live in.
We all know the importance of having fresh fruit and vegetables in our diets (especially considering how unhealthy we have become in other aspects of our lives), but unfortunately, not all of us do enough to ensure that we are eating an adequate amount. Admittedly, there are many out there who are trying to get the healthy eating message across (television chefs for example). Schools are also doing their part by strictly regulating their canteens and tuckshops, either eliminating or reducing the amount of sugary and salty snacks they sell. But there are still plenty of people who are either not heeding the message, or are ignoring it completely.
In an effort to combat this negative thinking, some schools have decided to take the fresh food message further, by educating their students about the benefits that can be had from a healthy diet, and putting that knowledge into practice. Surfside Primary School, in Ocean Grove, has been involved in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program, which aims to teach children about the processes involved in growing their own fruit and vegetables, and then creating healthy recipes from the resulting produce. On Sunday 3 November, the school hopes to inspire the community with their approach to fresh food, by holding their Fresh Food Fair. As well as having plenty of fresh food and produce on display, they will have market stalls, music, rides and other activities. There will also be plants and produce for sale, so that visitors who are inspired by the childrens' efforts can replicate the results in their own gardens. Besides the fresh produce angle, this school fair will be fairly similar to many others of its kind - there will be lucky dips, face painting, show bags, a Freddo Quest and cake stalls. With a fire truck available for the kids to explore and a reptile petting zoo booked in to visit, there will be plenty to keep the children entertained. Adults, too, won't be forgotten on the day, with wine and cheese, Zumba demonstrations, Tupperware, silent auctions and raffles.
The Fresh Food Fair will be held at Surfside Primary School in Ocean Grove
The Fresh Food Fair will be on from 10am-3pm and entry is by gold coin donation. Come along, help celebrate fresh food and be inspired by the message that our younger generations are trying to drive through.