Native Food Garden Tour & Slow Food Barbeque
Sunday 13th June ~ 10:30 am to 3:00 pm
Slow Food Hunter Valley and the Maitland/Rutherford Guides will be at the Guide Hall in St Andrews Street to show people through the garden and talk about the planting
Slow Food Hunter Valley will also be offering a barbequed bullboar sausage with a fresh coleslaw made from local vege on a locally produced bread for $10 a serve.
Maitland/Rutherford Guide Hall – 52 St Andrews Street Maitland
(just around the corner from Church Street)
The garden features plants that would have been abundant in the area around Maitland,
particularly on the rich, river flats prior to invasion.
Slow Food Hunter Valley is working with the Maitland/Rutherford Guides to present the native food garden
which was planted late last year and is now looking very healthy and vigorous.
The trees will be labelled with beautiful hardwood plaques, made and gifted to us by the Maitland Woodturners.
Maitland/Rutherford Guide Hall will also have a display of guide uniforms over time
and a display of artefacts excavated from the guide hall site from a previous 1830s home.
The garden is part of our international Slow Food work with information about the plants being sent to the
Slow Food International office for listing on the Slow Food Ark of Taste.
This is a database for significant living species that are in danger of being lost.
The Ark of Taste also lists foods and farming practices with cultural importance, also in danger of being lost forever.
Our barbecue will feature bull boar sausages, an Ark of Taste listing.
This spicy beef and pork sausage was made on the goldfields by Swiss and Italian prospectors from the 1850’s.
Slow Food History
Slow Food Hunter Valley is a member of Slow Food International which was established in 1989 in Italy – there are Slow Food communities active in 160 countries across the world. Slow Food is a grassroots movement whose vision is to see everyone have access to good, clean and fair food, worldwide. The Slow Food Hunter Valley group was formed around 12 years ago and we have a great interest in fostering and preserving small scale, sustainable food production locally. Maitland was once a great food bowl, providing food to the local population and the Sydney. Much of our productive soil is now growing turf or animal feed or lies beneath houses.
Slow Food Projects
Our twice monthly Slow Food Earth Market allows prospective producers to try their hand at growing food and gives our community a real alternative to the supermarkets. Food that would once have been wasted at the farmgate is converted into 5,000 meals each year for those in need through our Food Rescue and Community Kitchen Project. Our other projects include our partnership with the Maitland Council in the Maitland Seed Library and our Food Gardens Projects.