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Happy UN Sustainable Gastronomy Day!


In 2016, the United Nations General Assembly designated 18 June as an international observance: Sustainable Gastronomy Day.

The UN's website explains "the decision acknowledges gastronomy as a cultural expression related to the natural and cultural diversity of the world. As the COVID-19 pandemic is still unfolding across the globe, sustainable gastronomy - celebrating seasonal ingredients and producers, preserving wildlife as well as our culinary traditions - is today more relevant than ever."

Read on to find out more about Sustainable Gastronomy, and remember to support our wonderful local growers, producers and creatives.

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Creative City of Gastronomy team

What is UN Sustainable Gastronomy Day?

"Be adventurous in your tastes, local in your choices"

"Gastronomy is sometimes called the art of food. It can also refer to a style of cooking from a particular region. In other words, gastronomy often refers to local food and cuisine. Sustainability is the idea that something (e.g. agriculture, fishing or even preparation of food) is done in a way that is not wasteful of our natural resources and can be continued into the future without being detrimental to our environment or health.

Sustainable gastronomy, therefore, means cuisine that takes into account where the ingredients are from, how the food is grown and how it gets to our markets and eventually to our plates"

Find out more about Sustainable Gastronomy HERE

DJAARA: new logo, brand and website honouring Dja Dja Wurrung People

Our city and region of gastronomy sits predominantly on Djaara Country - the lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung people. We developed our application to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, in the category of Gastronomy, in collaboration with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, now known as Djaara. 

Our designation as a city and region of gastronomy honours the story of our First Nations people, and recognises the importance of rediscovering Traditional Owner knowledge to heal the landscape, live sustainably and walk forward together in harmony.
"Djaara means People, Dja Dja Wurrung People, and without their resilience, determination and strength, the Corporation would not exist." Explore the new website to find out more about Djaara, and watch the new Djaara animation HERE

Guest blog: It's time to bring a new intentionality to eating

We were lucky enough recently to have Jodi Newcombe from Carbon Arts share a thought-provoking piece with us on the blog, asking us to reflect on how we might "co-create a regional food culture that is truly unique, that taps into our collective and diverse cultural heritage as a toolbox from which we can concoct not just sustenance but delicious abundance."

Jodi challenges us to "Imagine that we could eat to literally shape the environment around us, to deliver a different landscape, a new (and ancient) ecology. Imagine that it’s delicious and adventurous, that it brings new meaning and connection to our lives. This is the seed of an indigenous food system for Australia. It’s a provocation to all of those involved in the creative endeavour of bringing food to our plates."
Continue reading HERE

Healthy Greater Bendigo: new website launched


One of the four pillars of our UNESCO Creative City and region of Gastronomy designation is to support better health and wellbeing for our community through food, and recognises the efforts of so many organisations to create a healthier food system in our region. Healthy Greater Bendigo is a partnership of local organisations, groups and individuals that want our community to be healthy and well, and a new website has been launched full of great resources to explore. 

Healthy Greater Bendigo works to prevent chronic disease and create healthy and resilient communities. The partnership does this by addressing the systems, structures and environments that impact our wellbeing.

Healthy Greater Bendigo advocates for access to affordable, healthy and tasty food as well as a healthy food system, and has many great initiatives to break down barriers to eating well and moving more.

You can find out more, and get involved, by visiting the website HERE.

Warm up on Lyttle Eat Street

Have you heard of Bendigo’s newest food precinct, Lyttle Eat Street?

Fourteen local businesses from Lyttleton Terrace have joined forces to create Lyttle Eat Street Bendigo, which aims to create a new street food vibe and neighbourhood in the city centre.
The footpaths of Lyttleton Terrace have been coming alive at the weekend with the new Slow Smoking Saturdays series, a winter-long initiative to entice more people to visit the area to enjoy unique dishes and drinks.
Head along to Lyttleton Terrace every Saturday in winter and enjoy slow-cooked and flame-grilled flavours together with Asian street food, BBQ demonstrations, ‘try before you buy’ tastings and live music.

If you can’t make it on a Saturday, the traders along the street are open during the week too and would love to see you.
Lyttle Eat Street is also a great celebration of our UNESCO City of Gastronomy status and is a great, vibrant addition to our city centre.

City and region of Gastronomy features on national radio program

Each week travel writer Helen Hayes joins Michael McLaren on 2GB radio (syndicated to over 30 radio stations across Australia) to reveal the best local holiday destinations Australia has to offer, and recently Helen focused on Bendigo and surrounds - particularly focusing on the region's gastronomy.
You can listen to the program, or download the podcast HERE!


Ignite your imagination this Winter

This winter Bendigo is transforming the dark into a magical place, with events galore to inspire and ignite your senses. 

Prepare to be dazzled by the quality and creativity of our food and beverages, as the city and region show you why we're Australia's first and only UNESCO Creative City & region of Gastronomy.

From special dinners, wine tastings and festivals, to star-gazing, fires and craft beer...Winter in Greater Bendigo is where it's at (just bring your coat!).

Check out the full program here and start planning your next creative gastronomic adventure.

Bendigo's first Regional Gin Gala

The ever-creative team at Ms Batterhams have put together an exciting new event - Bendigo's first Regional Gin Gala!

Ticket holders will be treated to a 2.5 hour session with unlimited samples and an opportunity to explore the history, production and styles of gin from across regional Victoria. With nine distilleries from the region you will have the opportunity to mingle with guests, taste a range of gins, and talk with distillers about their products and processes.

The event on 24th July has already sold out but keep an eye on Ms Batterham's socials as there may be another allocation of tickets coming soon! Cheers to that. 


AgVic small-scale and craft program workshops

Agriculture Victoria is hosting Better Business Workshops for Small-Scale and Craft growers and producers through the Small-Scale and Craft Program in Victoria.

The workshops will look at ways to improve your business with a focus on good business practices, accounting and online tools, legal advice and cyber security. Five expert panel members will discuss various topics with a focus on small-scale growers and producers.
Upcoming workshops include a session on June 23rd in Hepburn Springs. Find out more and book a place HERE

Emporium Incubator program applications now open!


Do you have a burning desire to bring a brilliant new business idea to life? Are you looking for an injection of inspiration to take your creative enterprise to the next level?

Over 14 sessions, participants in the Emporium Incubator  program receive knowledge, tips and advice from established business owners in creative industries while also benefiting from shared wisdom about their sense of purpose, strategy and lived experience growing new businesses.

The aim of our program is to provide emerging entrepreneurs with the tools they need to succeed in our creative city and region.
Find out more about the program, hear from successful former participants and apply to join HERE

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