Eat Drink Talk Think: Spring 2016

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, and stay connected with what’s happening in this scene.

For the Spring 2016 Edition of Eat Drink Talk Think we will be asking ‘How can we better tell the sustainable fair food story to engage new audiences?’

Along with our two speakers there will be some structured discussion to help practitioners think about how some of these ideas could apply to their own work.

The two speakers of the evening include:

Dr Jen Rae – Artist, researcher, and cultural producer Dr Jen Rae uses public art to help people engage with sustainable fair food dilemmas. Jen is a lecturer at the University of Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts, and she is the Co-founder and Director of The Riparian Project, a public art initiative that aims to influence a shift in livestock grazing practices in Victoria to improve river health. With artist Dawn Weleski she recently co-created ‘Fair Share Fare’ for the Refuge project, a weekend-long public participation project that simulated a disaster scenario, and pushed people to think about food security.

Ben McMenamin – Chef, environmentalist and social entrepreneur Ben McMenamin uses food to communicate the story of sustainable food. He worked as a chef for over 10 years, and came to realise the power that food has to bring people together and catalyse social change.  He has cooked with a number of great social initiatives including the Food Know How project, Scarf Community Dinners, Give a Fork Sustainable Seafood lunch, OzHarvest and more. He recently founded the Social Food Project, which has included the Stories over Supper project – a 3 course dining experience to highlight local changemakers.

The event will be held on Tuesday September 6, from 6:30pm-9pm, at the Neometro Lounge, Jewell Station – 15a Union St, Brunswick.

Ticket prices are $6 pre-event online, and $7 on the door if still available. Drinks and nibbles are included in ticket price.

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Eat Drink Talk Think is endorsed by 3000 Acres, the Victorian Eco Innovation LabOpen Food NetworkSustain: The Australian Food NetworkMelbourne Farmers’ Markets, the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, the Fair Food Challenge, and more.

This is a not-for-profit event.

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Eat Drink Talk Think: Winter 2016

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 Winter 2016 edition of Eat Drink Talk Think looks at how the finance industry and debt shape our food system, some of the impacts of that influence being felt locally, and some innovative ways to bring about change in how we finance our food and farmers.

Along with our two speakers, there will be some structured discussion about a variety of innovative financing models – have a think, and come along prepared to share examples you’ve seen work elsewhere.

Event details:

Tuesday June 7th, 6pm-9pm

Shebeen, Manchester Lane, Melbourne

The evening’s speakers include:

Dr Michael Santhanam-Martin is part of the Rural Innovation Research Group at University of Melbourne. His PhD looked at the politics of the Victorian dairy industry, and he’ll bring valuable insights into the recent dairy price drop that has left so many farmers in overnight debt.

Danny Kinnear of Danny’s Farm Blampied has recently wrapped up a successful crowdfunding campaign for the conversion of a food truck for his 5 acre Daylesford farm. Danny brings an interesting perspective to the conversation as a young farmer exploring alternative farm finance models, while challenging the conventions of what it means to run a successful and profitable sustainable farming venture.

Tickets $7 online, or $8 on the door.

Purchase your tickets.

About us

Eat Drink Talk Think is endorsed by 3000 Acres, the Victorian Eco Innovation LabOpen 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.

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Eat Drink Talk Think: Autumn 2016

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?”

Event details:

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.

Purchase your tickets.

About us

Eat Drink Talk Think is endorsed by 3000 Acres, the Victorian Eco Innovation LabOpen 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.

Sign up to our newsletter to receive invitations to future Eat Drink Talk Think events.

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.

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