These school holidays, join Beci Orpin, Melbourne Museum, Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, United African Farmers, Bunnings and more, for two jam-packed days at Australia’s first and only food festival created for kids.
The free Little Food Festival – on April 19 and 20 – combines education, exploration, creativity and fun to help kids re-imagine what the future will look like for them, their families and communities, and the planet.
Plant seedlings, learn about bush food, get crafty, prepare nutritious meals, take part in a recycling relay race, discover a worm farm, hear from Toot the Triceratops and much more at The Little Food Festival 2023. It’s the ultimate free school holiday event!
The Little Food Festival is brought to you by Founding Partners Sandro Demaio Foundation, Monash University and Fed Square, and Event Partner City of Melbourne.
We need the sun, water and soil to grow and nurture our food. Food is nurtured with the help of bees, butterflies, the wind and worms! Food is grown in many ways. Some people gather food. In Australia, this wisdom is ancient and held by First Peoples. Lots of care, hard work and knowledge is needed for farmers to grow our food. You can also grow your own fruit, vegetables or herbs – less waste and more fun! Visit The Farm to learn more about how food is grown, including about local bush food from Wurundjeri experts and about Sorghum grain growing and hand processing with United African Farmers.
Food is often picked or collected, moved, sorted, graded, washed, packed before travelling to reach the store. Locally made food often takes less time and energy to get to our plates than food that travels from afar, or food that has undergone more processing. By supporting local growers, and eating less-processed, fresher foods, we are supporting our community, planet and making a healthier choice for the future. To learn more, visit the Process, Pack & Move stage, where you can explore the Oz Harvest Van to sit in the drivers’ seat of food delivery and participate in Monash University’s Food Miles activity to see how far your food has travelled.
Fresh and in-season wholefoods are generally higher in nutrients and fibre, helping us avoid hidden fats, sugar and salt. “Ugly” fruits and vegetables with some marks are natural – choosing them helps reduce food waste. Buying seasonal wholefoods without plastic packaging is also better for the planet, as plastic packaging just ends up in landfill! Visit The Grocer to learn how food is good for you and the planet. You can join in a fun crafting activity with designer, illustrator and maker, Beci Orpin, celebrating our favourite seasonal produce.
When a fresh item is in season, we can preserve it or even donate it to food rescue charities. Cooking fresh, seasonal and delicious food as kids, creates habits that last for life. It also has less impact on the planet than eating out and means you know what’s in your meal. Visit The Kitchen to learn how to prepare nutritious and yum meals! Get hands-on with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Program and learn how to grow, harvest and prepare some yummy treats to take home.
The simple act of eating and sharing food can help us feel happier, healthier and more connected to each other. We laugh, tell stories, practice our culture and this can help ease the day-to-day worries. Eating with friends and family helps us set healthy habits as we grow.
Come and share a meal with us at The Table! Enjoy food from a range of delicious food trucks, including Meals with Impact, The Bao Project, Corner Store Network and Crepes for Change.
It’s easy to reuse and recycle food and packaging to protect our planet. When a fresh item is in season, we can preserve it or even donate it to food rescue charities. When food is no longer able to be enjoyed by humans, it can be used as animal feed, used in compost or worm farms.
Learn more by visiting the Reduce & Reuse, including joining in a recycling relay race using everyday household items, with Veolia!