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Little Food Festival

Kids + Families
This is a past event
Kids + Families


10 April 2024 - 11 April 2024
10am - 3pm


Main Square


Lift access
Wheelchair accessible

Getting There

Australia’s first and only food festival for kids! Where education, exploration and creativity come together for two exciting days of food-filled fun.

Join us we bring together a fantastic line-up of partners – Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, Oz Harvest, United African Farm, Bunnings, and more – along with hosts The Fruit Nerd and Costa for Australia’s first and only food festival for kids.

We have a once in a generation chance to help our kids understand that they have the power to change their future. Early childhood experiences profoundly change how our kids understand the world around them. And what we teach kids about good food, the foods items and the environment today, creates the building blocks for what their food habits will look like in the future.

The Little Food Festival is an opportunity to re-write what the future will look like for our kids and planet.

For more information visit: https://www.littlefoodfestival.com/

Main Stage

The Main Stage show is packed with fun and engaging activities to captivate kids about the wonderful world of food education! Click the plus signs below to see the stage schedule for day one and day of the festival.

Little Food Festival Activation Zones

These school holidays, roll your sleeves up to plant seedlings, dive into the world of bush food, unleash your creativity in craft activities, master the art of preparing nutritious meals and more!

Little Food Festival 2024 is not just a great school holiday event; it’s an opportunity for kids to reimagine the future for themselves, their families, communities, and the planet.


  • Plant a lettuce, parsley or broccoli seedling with Bunnings to take home
  • Play ‘What’s in the box’ with United African Farm
  • View a live observation beehive, taste some delicious honey & create some beeswax candles with Rooftop Bees

  • Visit the OzHarvest van and discover what food sees before it sees you
  • Learn how far your favourite foods have travelled with Monash University
  • Discover the science of food with the CSIRO

  • Make your own seasonal shopping baskets with Beci Orpin and watch her paint a beautiful live art installation
  • Play the shopping game with The Community Grocer. You’ll earn grocery dollars to spend on real fruit and veg to take home.
  • Taste delicious fruit and veg with A Better Choice initiative

  • Create veggie faces with Nutrition Australia
  • Make a jar of pickles to take home with Dillicious Pickles
  • Whip up a tasty Columbian treat with Free to Feed
  • Try some tasty damper and indigenous jams with the Koorie Heritage Trust – and take home a damper kit to make some at home!

Join the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation and Monash University at the Eat zone to

  • Create seasonal still-life designs using play-doh
  • Get chatting by playing the Table Talk game.

  • Hop on a Smoothie Bike to turn rescued bananas from OzHarvest into delicious smoothies
  • Complete fun activity sheets to learn magic of composting and worm farming and visit one of Costa’s fun workshops!
  • Become a master recycler in Veolia’s sorting game
  • Play the ugly food game with Monash University to discover why ‘ugly’ fruits and veggies help us cut down on food waste.
Green My Plate

Thanks to the closed loop system from Green My Plate, we are proud to say the upcoming Little Food Festival will be a low waste event. All food vendors will be serving up their delicious food on the reusable Green My Plate plates and bowls which you then simply place into the pink bins within the venue. The team from Green My Plate will be continuously collecting the reusable plates and co to then wash and recirculate, leaving a cleaner footprint, and diverting single-use food packaging from landfill.

The process is simple. Simply head to your choice of food vendor, order up, then place your reusable plate in the pink bin.

The plates will be reused over and over at events across Victoria. We encourage and thank everyone for doing their part and assisting us with making dishes, not waste.

Learn More

Let’s look back at the all the fun and action from Little Food Festival, 2023 …

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