What a beautiful day! It got rather hot for me so I was pleased to sit in the shade watching cooking demonstrations.
There were so many cultures and food-types showcased - Indonesian, Indian, Italian, Spanish, and seeds, fresh produce, cheese, wine, sauces and icecreams.
There were spicy sausages from Dunav Butchers and Smallgoods in Springvale
Beautiful coloured Middle Eastern sweets
Native Australian citrus from William Anglis Tafe - including blood limes, finger limes - the blood lime tasted a bit like Aerogard smells, but in a good way!
William Angliss also had lemon myrtle and strawberry scented gum - both smelt amazing!
I had a varied lunch.
Freshly shucked by this man.
A squiggly potato. It was like a giant potato cake but yummier.
Meaty goodness from the Argentinian BBQ, Senor BBQ.
They encouraged photography at Senor BBQ.
It smelt so good - smoky and sweet.
I was desperately seeking shade, so for most of my time at the festival, I sat at the Outdoor Entertainment stage. It had a real garden feel - with plants provided by Chisholm Tafe.
Tony Chiodo, chef and author of Feel Good Food.
We all received plates of corn and salad when he had finished cooking.
Costa Georgiadis, the passionate gardener.
the current milk wars), genetically modified foods and rushing through the world, Costa encouraged buying locally and taking care with what we eat. It was really interesting, and I am now glad to have recently shifted from buying my produce from supermarkets to the local grocer, butcher and deli strip.
I deviated from Costa for a short time to see French chef Gabriel Gate.
It was hot and quite crowded so I didn't stay long. There was another reason I didn't stay long to watch Gabriel.
I went back to Costa. I loved his passion about good sustainable food. I had a chat to Costa after his presentation. He was so lovely and friendly, and may well read my blog!
I dry toasted some pumpkin and linseeds with salt and smoked paprika.
I added raw fruit and vegetables - half a red onion, some vine ripened tomatoes, spinach and figs from my parents' garden.