Join an informed dining experience with delectable fare that incorporates traditional bush tucker and Ark of taste foods on a hand crafted interactive tablecloth. Hand sewn, the tablecloth is an object of design beauty but also functions as an aid to help the diner understand more about what they are eating. Go on a journey of discovery as you find out where the simple sustainable nibbles were sourced, if it’s organic and what you really are eating. Learn about the potential of wild foods and urban harvesting from naturalist Diego Bonetto as he introduces you to the wonders and possibilities of foraging.
You’ll be drawn into the visual beauty of the imagery and can interact with the table setting and the food served. A map will show you where the food comes from in Australia, the regions that your food has been sourced from and if it’s local or not. You’ll explore sustainable dining with the use of low energy LEDs, recycled table ware and fabric, plus you’ll be sitting at table and chairs made from milk crates. Recycling, up-cycling and sustainability will form an integral part of this dining experience.
After sampling some delicious sustainable foods, visitors will have a chance to take a tour through the Royal Botanic Gardens, Bush-tucker garden, to experience first hand how some of the ingredients are grown and what they look like and to learn about the multiple uses of our native plants. This tour will be lead by Henrietta, an Aboriginal Education guide with the Botanic Gardens and is a great chance to learn more about our bush tucker fare and endangered foods as well as what we are doing about it locally.
Karynne Ledger has been an artist and chef for 25 years and is currently leader of Sydney Slow Food organisation who works with preserving our food and food traditions and sustainable farming practices.