Can we get a hells yes for the Sustainable Living Festival (6-28 Feb)? The countless events remind us there are plenty of other people out there who give a damn too, and they’re doing some pretty rad things. Here are our picks of the crop, or you can view all events here.

Epic feasts

Popup Garlic Farmers’ Garlic Fiesta – Taste 9 months of stinking hard work from 12 young farmers, including YFM Melbourne’s own co-leader, Emmy Nicol. Hear, see, buy and most importantly, EAT. Tickets $20 and goes toward supporting new farmers.

The Great Local Lunch – A crowd sourced, locally grown and foraged feast? Yasss. Win a seat by posting your lunchie (that’s a selfie of you and your lunch). Home Harvest Feast is another tasty option for home growers.

Bush Food Flavours Lunch – Lunch on the farm anyone? Tour an amazing bush food garden at Peppermint Ridge Farm in Tynong North and then sample the goods over lunch and dessert.

Out in the wild

Edible Weeds with Doris – Don’t just walk past those weeds – find out how to prepare them for dinner. Tickets $15. If you miss out on this one there’s also an Urban Foraging Workshop, tickets $35.

Backyard Bees Workshop – Head out to a beautiful permaculture property for the day to start beeing the change. Tickets $60.


Urban Edible Gardening Exhibit – Head along to the free talks, workshops and displays for some inspo for your balcony or backyard.

Growing a Small Garden – Need more hands on help with your small garden? This free workshop will help you get started.

Verge Gardening Workshop – Yarra City Council is bringing together a group of community heroes who have already set up successful growing spaces, so you can set one up too. Free.

Food and Permaculture Swap – Meet other growers, cooks and gardeners, offload your zucchinis, and bring something unexpected home for dinner.

Tasty talks

Beyond the Supermarket – A free panel discussion exploring how we can transform our food systems into a fairer one for eaters, growers, processors and makers.

For the Kitchen

Sustainable Cooking Demos – Pick up a few kitchen tricks (for free!) from Russell Bald and Master Chef contestant Jamie Ward.

Small Change Big Difference – Want to be eating more plants (and make Michael Pollan proud)? Caithlin Meave will make it easy pea-sy. Tickets $45.

Native Creative Cooking Class – Tour the beautiful Peppermint Ridge Farm bush food and vegetable garden, and then find out how to use native plants in your own cooking. Tickets $110.

The Art of Fermentation – Learn to make kimchi and sauerkraut, and you’ll never wonder what to do with spare cabbage again. Tickets $15.

Preserving and Bottling – Give your fridge and freezer a break, and get ready to fill up your pantry. Tickets $40.


10 Billion – What’s On Your Plate? – Travel the world with Valentin Thurn as he travels the world to discover the future of food. This Australian premiere will be followed by a panel discussion with special guests. Tickets $12.50-$19.50.

Image credit: Julia Gove

Zo Zhou

Zo Zhou

Zo is the National Communications Manager and will basically never shut up about vegetables.