Food festival at Acland St Plaza

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By Evi van der Niet


For two days in October, St Kilda residents will be able to taste cuisines from around the world in their little village.

A travelling festival called ‘The Village World Kitchen’ visits Acland St Plaza on the weekend of October 7-8, 2017.

Are you ready to engage your senses?

We’ve been meeting St Kilda traders and characters and sharing stories of curiosity, change, community, and cooking.

When Aunty Jacko started sharing stories of her mother’s Johnny cake recipe, it became apparent how treasured she is as ‘Aunty’ to everyone around her.

To us, this story seemed the best way to begin the event’s south-side weekend program.

But there’s more.

Nowhere else will you find a better demonstration of craft than at Monarch’s cake shop, displaying impeccable Polish and European desserts.

Laughing, pastry chef, Kris says, desserts is stressed spelt backwards. Strange, isn’t it! Food can be so emotional, but also a way for people to share critical conversation”.

These people and more will share their intimate understanding of food and its role in community.

We will also go beyond delicious food to engage in broader issues of social change while working with local charities.

For example, the volunteers at Christ Church Community Centre collect veggies from a national food rescue operation called Second Bite to serve thousands of meals for free over the course of a year.

Similarly, the Sacred Heart Mission’s MEALS program showcases cooking at scale, providing hearty meals for people who are socially disadvantaged and isolated.

The weekend promises to be a mix of knowledge sharing and entertainment.

On the entertainment end, we will have Balkan singer Saray Iluminado performing her band’s acclaimed Stuffed Capsicum song.

Ms Illuminado is of Jewish heritage and her song is the type of info-tainment you just can’t find on television!

It doesn’t end there, there is fashion too.

Chinese-born designer Wenny told us about her work with social enterprise Space2B, and how it helps shape a better future for newly-arrived migrants and refugees through art and design.

She has designed the event’s aprons that will be on display across the weekend.

The Village’s World Kitchen is somewhere where we can gather, cook food, share secrets, laugh, and spin a hundred traditional stories into a new narrative for Acland St. There are secrets to learn!

Curious? See you at the Acland Plaza.

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