Eat Drink Talk Think is a networking and conversation night about sustainable fair food, held on the first Tuesday of each season. Each event hosts inspiring short talks around a theme followed by discussion and networking. The evening gives those working and volunteering on sustainable and fair food projects an opportunity to meet, be inspired by others’ projects, discuss ideas, forge new relationships, imagine new collaborative projects, and stay connected with what’s happening.
The Autumn 2016 edition of Eat Drink Talk Think asks the question
“How are people using the food system to welcome refugees in Victoria?”
Tuesday March 1st, 6pm-9pm
Shebeen, Manchester Lane, Melbourne
The evening’s speakers include Dr Chris Williams from the University of Melbourne, Meagan Williams, Victorian co-ordinator of the Welcome Dinner Project, and Russell Shields, manager of the ASRC Food Justice Truck.
Chris is a lecturer in urban horticulture at the Burnley Campus of the University of Melbourne where he runs a Novel Crops Project. The project aims to bring new or underutilised crops such as Sweet Potato into home food gardens and edible landscapes. Many of these plants represent culturally appropriate foods for diverse migrant or refugee communities in Victoria and Chris and his students have worked on food growing projects that link novel crops to communities who want to see these plants in their gardens or on their plates! Chris will talk about the Novel Crops Project, including an ongoing trial in the City of Dandenong, Victoria’s most ethnically diverse municipality.
Meagan is the Victorian co-ordinator of the Welcome Dinner Project, which brings together newly arrived Australians and established Australians over a meal in someone’s home. The project uses food as a place to bond and build community, and the format of the dinners allows a form of equality and stripping of labels that is really powerful.
Russell is the manager of the Food Justice Truck, an award-winning, mobile fresh food market that enhances food security for asylum seekers in the Victorian community by offering locally sourced produce including fresh fruit, vegetables, grains, legumes, tea and bread at a 75% discount to people seeking asylum. It’s a social enterprise initiative by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) and was launched this year to tackle the growing food insecurity felt by more than 10,000 people in Victoria who are on bridging visas.
Tickets $8 online, or $9 on the door.
Eat Drink Talk Think is endorsed by 3000 Acres, the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab, Open Food Network, Sustain: The Australian Food Network, Melbourne Farmers’ Markets, the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, the Fair Food Challenge, Cultivating Community, Permablitz Melbourne, and more.
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This is a not-for-profit event. Once costs have been covered proceeds will be distributed as donations to the three speakers’ projects.
Post-event finance update (we like it to be transparent!): The marketing and venue hire for this event cost $171, income from tickets (minus ticketing site fees) was $322, the surplus of $151 was divided as donations of $51 each to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, the Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre, and the Welcome Dinner Project.