The Program                       SAG 24 


Reclaiming Happiness: The Epicurean Garden,

Simple Pleasures and a Sustainable Future. 

The Symposium begins on Sunday afternoon with a welcome event at Bendigo TAFE. 

Monday takes us to Peppergreen Farm for sessions, discussions and a delicious lunch. In the evening enjoy the Golden Dragon Museum for drinks in the secret, walled garden, a tour and dinner.  

On Tuesday the symposium goes to TAFE for a day of practical workshops and presentations, with a spotlight on fermentation.  We’ll enjoy a dinner that showcases multicultural perspectives on simple pleasures and the keynote speech from special guest Luke Slattery, award-winning author and journalist. Lukes book "Reclaiming Epicurus" inspired our symposium theme.  

The symposium concludes on Wednesday morning with a convivial breakfast, presentations and farewells at the Old Church on the Hill community garden.  

An optional tour is available on Wednesday afternoon. 

It's a moveable feast, dear friends, the program is subject to change... but be assured a fabulous program will be delivered. 

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The Theme                        SAG 24

Reclaiming Happiness: The Epicurean Garden,

Simple Pleasures and a Sustainable Future. 

Our theme invites explorations on happiness, community and the future in a gastronomic context. Incorporating the Aboriginal concept of the six seasons of sustainability, it also provides opportunities to explore the fields of fermentation and preservation, exemplifying cultural traditions around seasonal foods and sustainable approaches to nutrition.




The Place  Bendigo  SAG24                 


Bendigo has rich culture of creativity, food, hospitality, agriculture and an Indigenous food system dating back tens of thousands of years. Now recognised as Australia’s first UNESCO City of Gastronomy, as soon as you set foot in this regional Victorian city it’s clear that the gastronomical history and practice are a key part of its character. From delicious casual eats to the tantalising fine dining, Bendigo dishes up a glorious selection of produce grown in the region.

Wine, cheese, olives, vegetables, grains, meat – it’s all there, made with love and care.


It’s the perfect place to host the Symposium in 2022, allowing attendees to enjoy the entire region’s thriving food and drinks culture and to celebrate coming together in person after two long years of pandemic restrictions.

The program will take advantage of the amazing new hospitality facilities at Bendigo TAFE,

the refurbished Golden Dragon Museum and the thriving farm enterprise and community gardens.


We can’t wait to share the food, wine, stories and ideas with you in 2022.


Looking for where to take that post-Symposium energy ? 

The Bendigo Writers Festival is being held  immediately following our Symposium,   12-15 May 2022. 


Bendigo is located 2 hours north-west of Melbourne. There are direct trains from Melbourne Southern Cross Station, and direct shuttlebuses from Tullamarine Airport. There are twice daily Qantas flights from Sydney direct to Bendigo.

Accommodation options are plentiful from budget through to luxury options.