The rich culinary traditions and sustainable food philosophies of Darebin are on show with their own Homemade Food and Wine Festival from the 26 May – 3 June 2018.

The festival program offers a huge array of more than 30 events showcasing Darebin’s local food creators and Australia’s indigenous cuisine. One key highlight of the festival is guest chef Zach Green – one of Australia’s most exciting emerging chefs.

Zach is a Gunditjmara and Palawa man who celebrates indigenous culture through food at his Darwin restaurant ‘Elijah’s’ and who will be hosting a six-course degustation journey through indigenous culture, stories and food for the Darebin festival. Zach will also host Market on Kulin Nation – a free afternoon of food, art, live entertainment and an open-fire cooking demonstration on Sunday 3 June.

Darebin Mayor, Kim Le Cerf, said hosting Zach was a real coup for the festival – especially given this year’s focus on celebrating indigenous food traditions.

“Darebin is rightly celebrated as one of Melbourne’s most culturally diverse municipalities, but it’s also home to one of the most significant populations of indigenous Australians. So, it is fitting that this year’s Festival showcases both Darebin’s indigenous heritage and its multicultural present – all through the shared language of food,” said the Mayor.

Another highlight is Flavours and Stories from Iran, Iraq and Syria being held on Sunday, 3 June. Hosting chefs from local source enterprise ‘Free to Feed’ this event will offer Persian BBQ, Middle Eastern mezze and hearty Iraqi dishes while hearing stories from the chefs about their journeys to Australia.

Another festival event is Local Legends, where popular local chefs presents workshops on how to get the best out of your kitchen – for a full list of festival events see their website here.


Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival 2018

Dates: 26 May – 3 June 2018

Locations: multiple locations and times, see the website for details

Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival Website