Think, Eat, Talk, Grow – exploring “seasonal, local and fresh” in the inner-city

March 15 / 153

Think, Eat, Talk, Grow day at the Parkville campus
Think, Eat, Talk, Grow day at the Parkville campus


“Think, Eat, Talk, Grow” day launches the first weekday Farmers Market at the University’s Union Lawn.


Hosted by the University in partnership with the Carlton Connect Initiative and Melbourne Farmers Market, and part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the “Think, Eat, Talk, Grow” day was opened by Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis and State MP for Melbourne Ellen Sandell, and featured a range of events exploring the concept of “seasonal, local and fresh” in the inner city.


A large crowd of students, staff and the local community gathered at Union Lawn to sample the tasty food on offer, stock up on fresh produce and engage with over 30 quality producers. The series of veggie box talks on a range of food topics, including a Q&A with chef, restaurateur and author Stephanie Alexander, were also well attended.


The Faculty of Science’s School of Forestry and Ecosystem Science set up an extensive edible garden and horticulture display, and also ran education sessions for students from the Carlton Primary School and adult learners from the Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre.


In the evening the conversation continued at LAB-14, home to the Carlton Connect Initiative. Host and food writer Richard Cornish led a lively and robust discussion with a panel of food industry professionals and academic experts, including: Matt Wilkinson (chef and co-owner of Pope Joan), Nat Kringoudis (Chinese medicine doctor and author), Chris Williams (lecturer in urban horticulture), Miranda Sharp (CEO, Melbourne Farmers’ Markets), Domenico de Pieri (Mildura Brewery) and Guido Vazzoler (owner, Longleat Wines). Guests also indulged in a cocktail menu prepared by Matt Wilkinson.


The weekly Farmers Market at the University of Melbourne will be held every Wednesday at Union Lawn from 11am-3pm, until 27 May 2015.



By Cristen Teen

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