Early in 2020, faced with the prospect of having to eat-in for months, there was chaos amongst the supermarket aisles, sad meals alone for many, families gagging on their thirty seventh successive night of spag-bol, people cursing their hopelessness in the kitchen, others bingeing on daily bake-offs. And most of us suddenly and disturbingly aware of how disconnected we have become from the means of keeping ourselves alive.
Now we’re allowed out. Now we can gather with those we love, and those we’ve never met. Now is the time to think afresh about food, sharing and what it might mean to actually rely on the land for sustenance. Who better to start the ball rolling than the people who have done it with joy and respect for countless generations?
Adelaide Festival is proud to present two incredible dining events – one casual and perfect for family groups or friends, the other a special fine dining event. Whichever event you choose, you can expect to be enriched and excited by tasting and talking about South Australia’s incredible native foods.
These wonderful festival events are curated and prepared by this country’s finest First Nations chefs, including Clayton Donovan, Australia’s only Indigenous hatted chef, and Warndu, an Indigenous-owned Australian Native Food business with a mission to inspire curiosity about our native plants, nuts, seeds and proteins and regenerate culture, community, tradition, health and our soils.
If you choose the picnic option, you and your friends and family are all invited. No need to bring food as everything’s laid on. In collaboration with First Nations leaders, you will be welcomed to Kaurna land, given a picnic box packed with treats and will sample the unique flavours and textures that have nourished the Kaurna, Adnyamathanha, Ngarrindjeri, and Narungga nations for more than 65,000 years. You’ll learn about traditional Aboriginal cooking techniques, the places where bush food is sourced, how it is picked, foraged, hunted and cooked today, and how contemporary adaptation of locally sourced native foods can form a bigger part of everyone’s household pantry. Children's activities, storytelling and explorations of Aboriginal culture will be provided by our friends from the South Australian Museum.
All products on offer are made in Australia from 100% locally sourced, seasonal and wild harvested produce with an emphasis on supporting Aboriginal enterprises.