Symposium of Australian Gastronomy

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    Australian gastronomy’s best kept secret comes to Melbourne…

    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.

    "The meals served were always fascinating, delicious, frequently awe-inspiring and sometimes controversial. I have learnt a lot... and met some fascinating people.” Stephanie Alexander.

    This December, Melbourne is invited to join homegrown heavyweights and international gastronomic legends for performances, debates and reflections on topics ranging from Australian colonial gastronomy and dietary dreaming, to utopian and dystopian food in literature, film, art and design.

    International speakers include Josh Evans (Nordic Food Lab), Darra Goldstein (Russian food specialist), David Szanto (Bologna Eco-gastronomy project), and Jane Levi (Londonbased food curator & space food specialist). Australian contributors range from celebrated chefs Stephanie Alexander, Guy Grossi, Stefano de Pieri and Annie Smithers to awardwinning Bunurong author Bruce Pascoe, wine writers James Halliday and Max Allen and good food activist Costa Georgiadis.

    Now it’s your chance to break bread with the most influential gastronomes.


    Australia’s Changing Foodscapes, Friday, 2 December 9am-4pm

    Feed your mind with four amazing panels covering Australia’s gastronomic heritage from the 1980s to now, with much-loved chefs, writers, food and wine personalities, including Stephanie Alexander, James Halliday, Guy Grossi, Stefano de Pieri, Natalie O’Brien, Miranda Sharp and many more. Feed your body with a degustation of local delights provided by Melbourne Farmers’ Market at the University of Melbourne.

    Cost: $95 / $85

    Venue: The University of Melbourne, Parkville

    The Winemakers Fair (18+), Friday, 2 December 4pm-6pm

    Taste wines made by some of Australia’s leading vignerons and hear their personal stories that led them from a world of business, law and medicine to a passion for wine making.

    Cost: $20 / $15

    Venue: The University of Melbourne, Parkville

    Manifesto for Utopian Food Futures, Friday, 2nd December 6.15pm-8pm

    How can we work together towards the best possible food futures in a gastronomic utopia? Hear from award-winning Bunurong writer Bruce Pascoe, Josh Evans (formerly Nordic Food Lab), local chef and author Annie Smithers, Nobel Prize Food Futures Advisor Claude Fischler, fair food activist and author Nick Rose and ethical producer Anna Kelly of Plains Paddock Lamb.

    Cost: $25 / $20

    Venue: The University of Melbourne, Parkville

    Australian Terroir and Belonging to Country - The Yeringberg/Coranderrk

    Friendship with Max Allen, Saturday, 3rd December 2016 1pm-3pm

    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.

    Cost: $110 / $95

    Venue: The University of Melbourne, Parkville

    Tickets here.

    For more information on the full Symposium, which is running 2-5 December 2016, visit

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