Australia’s Changing Foodscapes, Winemakers Fair, Manifesto and more!

Australia’s Changing Foodscapes @ Symposium of Australian Gastronomy

University of Melbourne

Friday 2nd – Saturday 3rd December 2016

Over the past thirty years, gastronomers like Stephanie Alexander, Andrew McConnell, Barbara Santich, Joanna Savill, Cheong Liew, Matt Preston and Christine Manfield have been meeting, exchanging ideas and recipes, cooking up dreams and sharing meals at the Symposium of Australian Gastronomy.

Together they’ve changed the way we think about Australia’s foodscapes, and put our cuisine on the world map.

This December, Melbourne foodies are invited to learn more about the heritage of Australia’s gastronomic revolution and join in the challenging, intelligent and surprising conversations about how and why Australia’s foodscapes have changed, with the people who made it happen.

With four spectacular events ranging from indigenous agriculture to futuristic food, you can just drop in to the University of Melbourne for a glass of wine and a chat with the vignerons at the Alumni Winemakers Fair, or sign up for the whole smorgasbord!

Australia’s Changing Foodscapes

Friday 2nd December, 9.15am-4pm

Tickets: $85/$95

9.15am – Welcome to country and introduction

10.00am – 1980s – A la recherche de… Australian Gastronomy

Stephanie Alexander, James Halliday and food historians Michael Symons and Barbara Santich will share their memories: not just prawn cocktails, lamingtons, and fruity lexia!

11.00am – Morning tea (included)

11.30am – 1990s – Gastronomy as Entertainment: Markets, Festivals & Dining Out in Style

We’ll walk through Melbourne’s changing attitudes with Melbourne Food & Wine Festival Director Natalie O’Brien, Bocuse d’Or chef Philippe Mouchel, and food writer Rita Erlich.

12.30pm – Lunch (included)

Feed your body and your mind with a degustation of local delights provided by Melbourne Farmers’ Market at the University of Melbourne

2.00pm – 2000sGastronomy in the City & the Country

Experience the exchanges between the city and the country with much loved chefs Guy Grossi and Annie Smithers, Melbourne Farmers Markets director Miranda Sharp, and the diva of Melbourne’s bar scene Miss Pearls from Madame Brussels.

3.00pm – 2010sMedia & Movements in Contemporary Gastronomy

We’ll get up-close & personal with Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis, wine writer Jeni Port, Gourmet Traveller’s Michael Harden, and food media expert Joanna Savill.

University of Melbourne Alumni Winemakers Fair

Friday 2nd December, 4-6pm

Tickets: $15/$20

Taste wines made by some of Australia’s leading vignerons and meet the makers while enjoying cheese samples by the Australian Specialist Cheesemakers’ Association.

Manifesto for Utopian Food Futures

Friday 2nd December, 6.15-8pm

Tickets: $20/$25

How can we work together towards the best possible food futures in a gastronomic utopia?

Hear ground breaking ideas from award-winning indigenous writer Bruce Pascoe, Nordic Food Lab researcher Josh Evans, local chef and author Annie Smithers, Nobel Prize Food Futures Advisor Claude Fischler, wine writer Max Allen, fair food activist and author Nick Rose, ethical producer Anna Kelly of Plains Paddock Lamb, Russian food specialist Darra Goldstein and Renaissance scholar Robert Appelbaum.


Australian Terroir and Belonging to Country

Yeringberg/Coranderrk lunch with Max Allen

Saturday 3rd December, 1-3pm

Tickets: $95/$110
Inspired by the remarkable 19th century Yarra Valley friendship between William Barak, Aboriginal leader at Coranderrk, and the de Pury family, winegrowers at Yeringberg, this unique lunch brings together the concepts of terroir and country in an unforgettable – and delicious – combination. With our host, wine writer and author Max Allen, and descendants of the Barak and de Pury families, hear stories of cooperation and mutual respect, while enjoying Yeringberg lamb expertly cooked on the spit, accompanied by Yeringberg wines and bespoke beer brewed in the Coranderrk style.

Tickets available here


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