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.
There is nothing more satisfying than growing and eating your own fruit and vegetables. Not only do you get to reap the benefits of eating freshly picked produce, but you'll also save money and learn about the growing and nurturing process. Depending on how well your season has gone, you may end up with extra fruit and vegetables which you can sell, give away or preserve for the following year. Growing your own food is an activity that can be done by people of any age, meaning that it is an experience that can be enjoyed by all.
In 2001, renowned Australian chef Stephanie Alexander pioneered a Kitchen Garden program for primary age children. She introduced different schools to the joys of planting their own gardens, and showed them how to create healthy recipes from the resulting produce. One school in Ocean Grove- Surfside Primary School- has embraced the program, and has built a sustainable and edible garden within its grounds. Every week, children from the school learn different skills in both the kitchen and garden, and as a result, positive and healthy eating habits are encouraged. But despite the benefits it produces, this program doesn't come cheap, which is why Surfside Primary School have an annual Fresh Food Fair to showcase its garden, and help raise funds for its continuation.
The Fresh Food Fair will be held at Surfside Primary School in Ocean Grove
On Sunday 2 November (Melbourne Cup Weekend), from 10am-3pm, the school will be holding their Fresh Food Fair- a fun day for all of the family. There will be plenty of delicious foods available, including seafood, sushi, barbecued meats, fresh produce and cakes, as well as alcoholic (beer and wine) and non-alcoholic drinks. Visitors can see how the Kitchen Garden program works, listen to live music, browse through various market stalls, participate in a silent auction or go on one of the many rides that will be available on the day.
Entry is by gold coin donation, and all proceeds go towards the Kitchen Garden program. Head to Surfside Primary School, and not only will you have an enjoyable day, but you will be supporting a healthy cause.