Plenty of native food for thought at Warrnambol's community garden events

Food for thought: author Julie Weatherhead is serving up her expertise on native foods at the community garden this weekend.

Food for thought: author Julie Weatherhead is serving up her expertise on native foods at the community garden this weekend.

Native foods will be on the menu at a series of Warrnambool’s Community Garden events this weekend.

On Saturday there will be a Native Food Tour and Taste session through the garden with author Julie Weatherhead who runs Gippsland’s Peppermint Ridge Farm and has produced a cook book on native Australian plants.

Community Gardens convener Julie Eagles said Ms Weatherhead would visit each plant in the garden and share her propagation secrets. Fresh tea infusions from some of the plants will be served.

She said Ms Weatherhead was renowned as one of the leading experts in Australia about native food plants.

She will also bring new signs for the garden which will have detailed information about each native food plant.

An example of the new signs that will be installed at Warrnambool's community garden.

An example of the new signs that will be installed at Warrnambool's community garden.

The tour, which costs $20, will run between 2 and 4pm. A twilight dinner will be held from 5.30pm where Ms Weatherhead will give a cooking demonstration and Worn Gunditj will also provide some native foods such as salads and wattleseed icecream. The dinner is $20 for adults and $10 for children. Bookings for both events are essential.

An open day will be held at the community garden between 11am and 2pm on Sunday with Ms Weatherhead and Worn Gunditj giving a panel presentation talking about how to use native food plants in cooking.

Ms Eagles said there would be plenty of children’s activities, live music, BBQ, free garden tours and the city council would be there to talk about their food organic and green organic (FOGO) waste collection trial.

The open day is $5 for adults, children are free.