If you imagine the taste of sunshine, what do you think of? The Big Pineapple? Coconut palms? Sugarcane fields and Bundy Rum? I picture a backyard of passionfruit vines - those globes of pure, golden, liquid sunshine. I can smell them as I am writing this! If like me, you love food, you'll savour Tastes like Sunshine at the Museum of Brisbane which is a journey through Brisbane's abundant food stories.
Tastes like Sunshine explores the flavoursome side of Brisbane's character and reveals its rich and evolving food story through contemporary art, personal stories and historical documents and images. Featuring exciting new artwork and installations by acclaimed artists Elizabeth Willing, Sean Rafferty and Carol McGregor, Tastes like Sunshine engages all five senses in an interactive experience that will challenge your pre-existing notions of food.
How we engage with food is a reflection of our culture, background and aspirations. Our region's Aboriginal food culture and the influence of immigration have impacted not just our city's food palate, but how we live. This mouth-watering exhibition will explore the rich history of our city's iconic produce markets, Brisbane's pivotal role in launching the state's sugar industry, and how the introduction of new crops had domestic cookers experimenting with new methods and creations.
SPECIAL EVENTS DURING TASTES LIKE SUNSHINE:
1. Meet the Artists on Saturday 19 August - free
Join artists Elizabeth Willing, Sean Rafferty and Carol McGregor for a talk and tour of Tastes like Sunshine. The exhibition will engage all five senses and challenge your pre-existing notions of food and art. Elizabeth, Sean and Carol will discuss their new artworks and share their processes and inspirations to provide a unique insight into the provocative artworks of Tastes like Sunshine.
2. Sunshine Food Explorer Workshop for Kids on Monday 25 September - free Children will discover the seasonal, fresh, wholesome and delicious foods growing in Brisbane backyards in this workshop. Explorers will create a seasonal and creative snack from start to finish, learning the basics of food preparation and discuss how to build a healthy, life-long relationship with food. Children are supported to prepare food at their own skill level, with those new to food preparation supported to learn new skills, while mini master chefs are encouraged to extend their skills and help their friends. All ages welcome. MoB has partnered with Kids Dig Food to present the Workshop. Kids Dig Food is the Brisbane and Sunshine Coast family nutrition and dietetics service focused on assisting parents to help their kids dig the right foods.
3. Good Food Club: Mindful eating on 12 November - free Join mindfulness coach Jon Unal as he explores how to savour and enjoy your food to the fullest. Jon is a registered counsellor and the founder of Conscious Beginnings – Psychotherapy and Mindfulness Education. In this final club, Jon will train you in mindful eating so you can become more conscious of your tastes and the eating process.
The Good Food Club is served with a side of:
beautiful acoustic music
afternoon tea featuring local, bespoke teas from the West End Tea company
hand-crafted old-fashioned soda by the BNE Soda Co.
a sweet treat from Jocelyn's Provisions.
The Tastes like Sunshine is on for a limited time only, from 18 August to 12 November 2017 Mob Gallery 1 from 10am to 5 pm daily, and to 7pm on Friday nights. You will experience food in a new light and get a taste of Brisbane like you never have before. You can also view Harvest to Hearth and Food Futures exhibitions at the Museum until 29 October. Although the exhibition and special events are free, please book for the events. You can check out all the details here.