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Flavours of the West: A Spice Journey


Sat 28 Apr 2018, 11:00am–12:00pm
Sat 28 Apr 2018, 1:00pm–2:00pm
Sun 29 Apr 2018, 11:00am–12:00pm
Sun 29 Apr 2018, 1:00pm–2:00pm

Where: Highpoint Shopping Centre, 120–200 Rosamond Road, Maribyrnong, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Cooking Workshop Ticket: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: gabrielle26

Highpoint Shopping Centre has once again partnered with not-for-profit social enterprise Free to Feed to deliver the second instalment of its food event series, Flavours of the West: A Spice Journey. A celebration of diverse community and food culture, the event series will take place at Highpoint where shoppers will experience Middle Eastern and South East Asian-inspired cooking workshops held by chefs from Free to Feed. The social enterprise helps asylum seekers secure employment by cooking food and sharing their stories.

Flavours of the West: A Spice Journey is an immersive event series that will celebrate the history, delicacies and traditions of Middle Eastern and South East Asian food through four different cooking classes at Highpoint. Participants in the classes will have the opportunity to learn how to create contemporary dishes from four passionate Free to Feed chefs: Nayran, who came to Australia from Syria, Charu from Sri Lanka, Rawan from Iraq and Hamed from Tehran. Each workshop will offer participants sampling the dish they have made. Highpoint’s Fresh Food retailers, including Rainbow Meats, Fish Pier, Highpoint Fruit & Vegetable Market, Bakers Delight and Gourmet Deli House will provide all ingredients used. In addition to the events, a complimentary grazing table of traditional dishes celebrating Sri Lankan and South East Asian-inspired food including relishes, roti, samosas and sweets.

Melbourne-based Free to Feed recognises the entrepreneurial characteristics and existing cooking skills of refugees and new migrants, as well as the many challenges they endure in gaining substantial employment or support in founding enterprises in Australia. Since 2016, co-founders Loretta and Daniel Bolotin have aimed to foster these skills by providing refugees and migrants with further skills, training, mentoring, career guidance, connections and the hands-on paid work experience necessary to support them in the competitive Australian food industry.

For further information on Highpoint’s Flavours of the West: A Spice Journey, visit Highpoint's website. To learn more about Free to Feed, visit Free To Feed website.

Day 1:
11am - Masterclass 1: Weeknight Sri Lankan Eggplant & Chickpea Curry
1pm - Masterclass 2: Middle Eastern Breakfast (Shakshuka)

Day 2: Sunday 29 April 2018
11am - Masterclass 3: Delicious Middle Eastern Dips
1pm - Masterclass 4: Persian Desserts

$10 redeemable at Highpoint’s Fresh Food retailers. Tickets can be purchased via Highpoint Official website.