What’s missing from the menu: bringing Blackfella foods and conversation to the table

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Thursday 20 April 2017

When you sit down for a meal, does your plate feature wattle seeds, desert limes, or honey ants? Some of these ingredients are being embraced in modern restaurants, however the use of these unique Australian ingredients in our homes is rare.

Up to 5,000 Indigenous food species were originally utilised by Australia's first peoples; almost 20 per cent of Australian flora and fauna. Why don’t we embrace these ingredients on our supermarket shelves and in our kitchens?

This panel discussion brings together writers, researchers and restaurateurs to explore the cultivation of Blackfella foods, the richness of produce and traditional knowledge, and why they’re missing from our everyday menus.

Catering will be provided by Charcoal Lane.


Facilitated by Dr Tony Birch, renowned author, researcher and educator, the panel includes:

  • Bruce Pascoe, Australian author
  • Charles Solomon, Director of Garawana Creative
  • Cassandra Twomey, Iramoo Grassland Centre Nursery Manager
  • Greg Hampton, Head Chef at Charcoal Lane.


The events are free and open to the whole community.

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About the Game Changers Conversation Series

The Game Changers Conversation series presents pivotal ideas, personalities and moments in Australia's evolving story for public discussion and debate.

It is a project of the Footscray University Town initiative – a partnership between Maribyrnong City Council and Victoria University that sees education, jobs, creativity and opportunity at the heart of the future of Footscray.

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Kangaroo Grass from the Iramoo Grassland Centre and Nursery


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Conversation: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Pop up bar open from 5:30pm


VU at MetroWest (Footscray) 138 Nicholson Street