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Get a TASTE of inner city sustainable eats and Sydney’s hidden multicultural feasts

Our AGRIFOOD XXI food tours add up to every foodie’s dream weekend! Will you be joining us?

Image by Indira Naidoo

Sydney Environment Institute’s Alana Mann has put together a dream foodie weekend with these two Sydney food tours. The tours are part of the annual AGRIFOOD XXI conference, but we think they’re something lots of people can enjoy so we’re opening registrations up to all passionate Sydney foodies and environmentalists.

Alana has designed the tours to give us an insight into the breadth of food experiences that are on offer in our own city. You are welcome to register for one tour, or both. However you choose to participate, you’re guaranteed to come away from the experience with a whole new food perspective, inspired and re-invigorated to take on the food challenges and choices we all face!

First, on Saturday 22 November Alana will be taking us on a journey to discover urban agriculture in inner city Sydney. We want to explore food localism and community food activism. To get a taste of these big ideas, we’ll be starting bright and early at Eveleigh Farmers’ Market in Redfern where we’ll sample lots of treats from local farmers and chat to producers.

Then we’ll head to the Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross, a church and crisis centre that does amazing work helping homeless, mentally ill and disadvantaged members of the community. The Wayside Chapel happens to also be home to a particularly beautiful community garden, which has actually won multiple awards for it’s environmental and architectural credentials. Homeless visitors to the chapel and local volunteers run the garden.

TV presenter and author, Indira Naidoo, will show us around the garden which grows over 80 different types of veggies, fruits and herbs and is even home to four beehives (you can sample the Wayside honey and produce at their café downstairs).

Indira is working on a follow-up to her best selling book, ‘The Edible Balcony’, on how the Wayside Chapel has built and maintained this spectacular garden.

She says of the Wayside Chapel garden, “It’s my favourite garden in the country. It’s a calming space. It nurtures the most disadvantaged in our community and gives them a sense of hope, purpose and self-sufficiency.”

After visiting Wayside Indira and Alana will take us to Café DOV where we’ll have a glass of wine and a light lunch with owner, Tim Peterson.

Then on Sunday, Alana will be taking us somewhere completely different. To get an understanding of the diversity of food culture that exists in a multicultural city like Sydney, we’re heading to Bankstown. This trip will be run by Taste Food Tours (which is a project from The Benevolent Society, so all proceeds go to a good cause).

During this one-of-a-kind Sydney tour, you’ll get to visit local grocers full of hidden treasures and taste some of the best Middle Eastern, Vietnamese and Greek treats you’ll find anywhere in Sydney!

To finish your foodie weekend in style, Alana has planned a three-course gourmet lunch at an award-winning Lebanese restaurant in Bankstown.

To get a better idea of the work Taste Food Tours do, have a look at their Facebook page.

These events have now passed, but you can see pictures from the tours bellow.

Get to know Alana Mann and take a look at the community garden at the University of Sydney!