Where food grows

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Green lifestyler, Caitlin Howlett, has a memorable paddock-to-plate meal in Port Macquarie.

National Organic Week Australia

National Organic Week Australia

4 – 13 October, 2013
National Organic Week Australia (NOW) is a week of events and activities aimed toward promoting awareness of organic products and farming production systems. If you care about food safety, health, good nutrition and the environment check out NOW's website (link below) for events around your local area.

Where: Nationwide.
When: Friday 4 – Sunday 13 October, 2013.
Cost: Varies across events.
Click here for more information.


Port Macquarie’s feast of festivities in October 2013

Port Macquarie is having a month long festival in October to celebrate the passion, creativity, bounty and variety from its farmers, vignerons, brewers, entertainers and artists.

Event highlights:
· 6 October – Breakfast in the Beds at Near River Produce organic farm
· 6 October - Oasis by the River presents The Vintage Car Vineyard Tour
· 12 October – High Tea on the Hastings
· 18 October – Jazz and Shiraz at Eighteen Thirty Restaurant
· 19 October – World Par-TEA Victorian Luncheon Banquet
· 19 October – Black Duck Brewery Beer and Fine Food Matching Dinner
· 19-20 October – Landcare North Coast TAFE Farm Gate tours
· 20 October – A day at Bago Vineyards with a Treasure Hunt in the Bago Maze
· 24 October – Five plate tastings menu with matching wines at The Corner Restaurant
· 25 October - An Evening on the River Dinner at Port Panthers
· 26 October – Hastings Farmers Market’s 1 to 100 Acre Farming Fest
· 26 October – Artist Market in the Vines at Cassegrain Winery
· 26 October – SBS Feast Sneak Peak Party
· 27 October – Main Event: SBS Feast Tastings on Hastings 2013

Port Macquarie is a four hour drive North of Sydney or a one hour flight from Sydney and Brisbane with connections to the rest of Australia. A range of accommodation is available from 4.5 star waterfront hotels, eco-style tree houses to self contained apartments.

For event details and info on visiting, head to Tastings on Hastings, and to book accommodation and find out more about the region visit


Greening Bhutan

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

With a recent pledge to be the first country to become 100 per cent organic, Bhutan shows the world that money certainly isn’t the only measure of success and happiness.

Regional Flavours 2013

Regional Flavours

20 - 21 July, 2013

Regional Flavours is South Bank Corporation’s signature food and lifestyle event, which celebrates and promotes regional Queensland produce, the people who grow it and the creativity of the state’s chefs.

Where: Little Stanley, South Bank, Brisbane, Qld.
When: 10am to 5pm, Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 July, 2013.
Cost: Free.
Click here for more information.

lorna jane

Women's Wellness seminars

13 July, 2013
Experience a holistic makeover at the Utopia Women's Wellness Seminar- a series of talks by leading health and wellness practitioners on topics ranging from nutrition and cooking to yoga, natural health and beauty. Speakers include Lorna Jane Clarkson (founder of Lorna Jane sportswear), Therese Kerr (mother of the beautiful Miranda Kerr and KORA organic skincare representative), Jess Ainscough (writer and "wellness warrior"), Tara Diversi (nutritionist and sports dietician) and Tommy Nicholas (raw foodie). The day aims to enlighten and inspire, equipping women with the tools to transform their lives.

Where: All Hallows’ School, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
When: 9am-4pm, 13 July, 2013.
Cost: Access all areas ticket - $69. General Admission - $10
For more info on speakers and ticketing, click here.


Sleep easy

Monday, 1 July 2013

Tuck in for a toxic-free night’s rest with this safe, healthy and super comfy bedding.

Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard

Krinklewood’s 7th Annual Biodynamic Workshop

Saturday May 25, 2013
Learn everything you need to know about biodynamics at Krinklewood's 7th annual biodynamic workshop, which will be led by experts Hamish Mackay and John Priestly. Participants will learn all the ins and outs of biodynamics, including compost making, mid-row cover crops and nurturing the soil. Krinklewood, which has been fully certified Biodynamic since 2007, is a family owned boutique vineyard situated in the picturesque hunter valley and is the perfect venue for an experience like this.

Where: Krinklewood Biodynamic Vineyard, Hunter Valley, NSW.
When: 9am-5pm, May 25, 2013.
Cost: $135 per person or $210 per couple (incl GST).
Click here for more information and bookings.

Food swaps

7 easy food swaps

Monday, 20 May 2013

How to reduce your eco-impact and simultaneously improve your wellbeing.

lowe wine party

The Vintage Birthday Party

27 April, 2013
As an annual celebration of the new harvest, Lowe Winery is hosting an epic 10-course meal with 20 wines. The Vintage Birthday Party at Lowe Wines is a new tradition for the end of each vintage – for us to be reflecting on the harvest while checking out what shape previous vintages are in. This year marks the third Birthday Party and 13 years since the winery was built in Mudgee. Join CEO David Lowe and other winemakers to celebrate this significant milestone and enjoy the extravagant indulgence.

Where: Lowe Winery, Tinja Lane, Mudgee NSW.
When: Saturday, 27 April, 2013.
Cost: $150 inclusive of wine.
Click here for more information and tickets.

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