(Darebin, Australia) -Each year, the City of Darebin, which is near Melbourne, Australia, puts on the Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival. This year, it is taking place this week up until May 15, 2016. The main goal of the festival is to share information about sustainable food practices and celebrate the food traditions of the people in the area, including the Greek Australians. The festival will feature workshops, programs, seminars, demonstrations, and other special events associated with exploring various cultures. For Greek Australians, this is a way to share the elements of their cuisine. Mediterranean cuisine, particularly Greek and Italian cuisine, makes up a big part of what the festival has to offer. Melbourne is culturally diverse with influences from all over the world. However, there is also a large Greek population in this area, which means that the festival will have representation from the world of Greek food and wine. Sustainability and self sufficiency are two major themes, and traditional Greek cooking is definitely both of these things. In Greece, many people in rural areas grow and raise their own food, and they basically only eat what they can make themselves.
The festival will also have representation from Greece. For instance, Ilias Papadopoulos from Greece will host an olive preparation workshop with the aim of showing people how easy it is to grow and preserve your own olives at home. There will also be workshops on bread making and winemaking, two skills that are commonly known throughout Greece. Ian Minnis, a Greek Australian who makes his own wine, regularly participates in the Meet the Makers event. He even came in second place one year. You can also learn how to make spanakopita, a Greek classic, during the workshop headed by Nick Katsakis.
You won’t want to miss the Meet the Makers showcase event. This takes place on May 14, 2016 and is held on the second to last day of the festival. This is where people from all over the area share their homemade skills. If you have a skill you would like to be “judged” on, you can enter your homemade beer, wine, olives, and other items to be judged. This event always draws several Greek Australians living all over the area who are eager to showcase their sustainable skills.