Insider guide to the Homemade Food + Wine Festival

olives-1-mfindlay-8280Melbourne’s inner north will celebrate all things homemade and delicious at the Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival from May 29 to June 4.

Home cook Angela Nicolettou (above) will be among the festival’s presenters, teaching a free cooking class on the peasant traditions of Crete (get in quick… it’s booking fast). You’ll also find her at Angela’s Kitchen in Northcote, teaching home cooks how to make traditional food from Greece, Cyprus and Spain. These are Angela’s top five events at the 2017 Homemade Food and Wine Festival. Keep an eye out for her in the crowd.

  1. Syrian Supper

    1. Syrian supper. Picture: Emily Weaving
      Picture: Emily Weaving
    2. 6.30pm on June 4 at free to feed, 763A High St, Thornbury
    3. I love Syrian food. This supper is a great opportunity to meet chef Nayran, who runs free to feed, a pop-up cooking school with all classes run by refugees and asylum seekers. Nayran had a restaurant in Damascus before settling in Australia. She will talk about her journey from a war torn country, and share her Syrian food culture.
  2. Olive Preserving

    1. olives
    2. 2pm on June 3 at the Darebin Intercultural Centre
    3. My neighbours are offering me olives from their trees and I’d like to try different ways of preserving them. I have a few jars already curing ‘Cypriot style’, but would like to try others. I also love learning about different ways of doing things.
  3. Local Legends Series: Chato Spanish

    1. Tapas
    2. 6.30pm on May 29 at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Demonstration Kitchen, Building K, Room 106, 77 St Georges Rd, Preston
    3. I have travelled to Spain a few times and have fallen in love with Tapas. Chato is Maria Echevarria-Lang’s restaurant in Thornbury and it’s a gem, so going along to meet Maria (also nominated as a Darebin Local Legend) and learn more about her food is my idea of a fun evening.
  4. Explore Indian Spices

    1. Indian spices
    2. 6.30pm on May 31 at the Darebin Intercultural Centre, 59a Roseberry Ave, Preston
    3. I often feel intimidated by Indian spices and how to use them. This is just the session I need to help me cook more (and better) Indian food.
  5. Food without Borders Launch

    1. 5pm on June 4 at Lentil as Anything (Common Ground), 562 High St, Thornbury
    2. Food waste is a very important issue. Finding out about Food Without Borders and how to get involved is definitely something I’m interested in. Food Without Borders aims to rescue otherwise wasted food for use in Lentil As Anything’s kitchens, liaising directly with producers and sellers of fresh food to ensure that as much of their food waste is rescued.

Insider guide to the Homemade Food + Wine Festival