The Abbotsford Convent Brims with Slow Food Activity

The Abbotsford Convent Brims with Slow Food Activity
A Taste of Slow - Australia 2006 will culminate in a weekend at the Abbotsford Convent on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September. For two delicious days the heritage listed site will be buzzing with Slow Food experiences.

Immerse yourself in the world of Slow Food with highlights including a Slow Market Place with producers from around Australia showcasing seasonal produce and boutique wines.

Sample some of the finest quality teas from China and India in the Tea Room and become an expert in the leaf in the 90 minute workshops ($25 per person & $20 for Slow Food Members) running both days.

Relax with friends in the microbrewery Beer Garden and purchase from a range of Victoria's best brews.

The Rare Breeds Trust of Australia can help you rediscover the flavour of endangered domestic farm livestock. Find out why these breeds are rare and what you can do to ensure their continuity.

Sweet tooths will love the Honey Room. Apiarists will share a sting or two on the ins and outs of honey. Taste, compare and learn about the history, the medicinal benefits, culinary versatility and what makes the best honey.

Did you know that foods can become extinct? Bureaucracy, environmental degradation and 'fast food spin' mean some of today's most loved foods are fast disappearing. Come and taste them and vote for your favourites in the Ark of Taste room.

Mini-foodies can participate in a sensory food experience and learn about the amazing smells and textures of food in the kids room or head down to the Collingwood Childrens Farm to feed the animals, help with the farm chores and even have a go at milking a cow.

Cooking demonstrations will run continuously across the weekend with chefs including Tobie Puttock (Fifteen, Melbourne), David Pugh (Restaurant Two, Queensland) and International guest chef, Fergus Henderson, of the legendary St. John restaurant in London, sharing their knowledge.

If you're hungry for knowledge, head along to the series of Spoken Word sessions. Listen to and participate in debates on hot topics facing the food industry today including international trends in Slow Food and the health properties of raw milk.

Expand your wine knowledge in the Wine Library and match your favourite drop with a selection of quality cheeses available for purchase from the Cheese Room including mini workshops with experts from Richmond Hill Café & Larder and the Wine and Cheese Providore.

Indulge in delicious food in the traditional Slow Food Canteen with special lunch menus prepared by chefs including Frank Camorra (MoVida, Melbourne), Jimmy Shu (Hanuman, Northern Territory), David Pugh (Restaurant Two, Queensland) and Matt McConnell (Bar Lourinha, Melbourne).

Gather by candlelight and join the food community for the Official Slow Food Victoria dinner: The Beast, the Whole Beast and Nothing but the Beast (Saturday 9 September).

Tickets for the Abbotsford Convent weekend cost $12 ($10 for Slow Food Members) and include entry to the Convent, the Collingwood Children's Farm and the Collingwood Farmers Market. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. Children under 16 years of age are free.

www.atasteofslow.com.au.



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