Eat Think Save Sydney event by OzHarvest

Using produce that would’ve been wasted, OzHarvest served up free hot meals to thousands at Martin Place during lunch time on Monday 21 July, 2014 thanks to VirginMobile.
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OzHarvest is the first perishable food rescue organisation in Australia collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it, direct and free of charge, to more than 500 charities providing much needed assistance to vulnerable men, women and children across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle and the Gold Coast“.
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This was my ultimate challenge: I had a 1 hr lunch break so I had to get from North Sydney to Martin Place and this is what happened.

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I waited for 2 minutes for a train, hopped on, waited 2 stops, got off at Wynyard and power walked to the top end of Martin Place. There was a massive panel going on talking about food and its wastage.
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There were so many people (and totally did expect this because this is 100% office zone).

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I spotted some delicious lemon cups supplied by Cocos Table so I had a sip before I headed to the long line.

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Apparently it was absolute chockers when it hit noon but I was there at around 1 and it went quite quickly! Loved the little decorations even when we were lining up!

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Guess what? For all the Masterchef lovers, Matt Moran was here and serving up the delicious vegetarian curry.

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Just before getting the meal you were also reminded to hashtag #mealforameal so that for every photo taken,  meal will be provided to someone.

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After getting the curry from the enthusiastic yellow shirted volunteers, we headed towards the chapati station where we got our chapati and dips!

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Here’s my #mealforameal photo!

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There was even a cute station to add a wedge of lemon and garnish.

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For dessert, Brasserie Bread used their leftovers to make apple/fruit crumble and there was even cream to go with it!

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What a fancy meal!

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After getting all my food and taking these photos, I listened to the panellists for a bit. On the way, I passed the OzHarvest tree

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And OzHarvest shop

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What a great cause and I’m so glad I got back to North Sydney within 45 minutes of leaving the office #winning. Use leftover produce and don’t waste food! Thanks Richard Branson for such a great initiative!

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Rating Review: =D  =)  =|  =(

Product (Think.Act.Save Sydney event by OzHarvest): =D

Ambience: =D

Service: =D

Value: =D

Would I recommend going to volunteer/going to an event for OzHarvest? It was crazy busy but seeing everyone excited and willing to learn about food was amazing. You honestly don’t need to do much so get on your phones and hashtag #mealforameal to fill a belly!

Highlight: walking up Martin Place and seeing the huge crowd! I didn’t think there would be so many people coming down, the media, the amount of food…yum! It was so tasty and it reminded me of India and Nepal.

Suggestion of improvement: it would’ve been awesome if the queue to the food went past some of the stalls that were there because I didn’t have enough time to have a proper look at everything but then again I was rushing through it. It was such a relaxed vibe and well organised.

Ends: Monday, 21 July 2014

Link: http://www.ozharvest.org/events/think-eat-save/

Angela Bee

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Hard to Swallow the Truth about Healthy Eating – Think Act Change

The Australian Museum was a hub for panelists such as Sarah Wilson from I Quit Sugar, Alexx Stuart from Food Revolution Day, Jess Miller from Grow It Local, Thea Soutar from Youth Food Movement and Dom O’Neill from GRUB Butchery to discuss the Food Revolution at 6:30pm on Tuesday May 13, 2014.

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“Diet related illnesses are on the rise, cooking skills are dropping and people seem more confused than ever before about what healthy eating actually means. It’s time to get back. Basics when it comes to food…”

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Last time I went to the Australian Museum was to go to Jurassic Lounge. Guests went through the side door on the left and our names were on the list from Eventbrite.

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What I loved about the ticketing was that there was a section for Students/Unemployed! Thank you!! Saved me $5 so I bought my tickets for $11.59. #unemploymentisarealstatusfinally

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Fashionably early me arrived there at 6:30 and a nice lady gave me a Mountain Goat beer. Needed it after a busy day interning at Cancer Council.
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There were a range of meatballs that included pork and beef thanks to Grub Butchery.
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I actually knew some of the people who attended  and some at I didn’t know would attend! It was a great time to generally talk about what we thought about the movement and what we thought would happen on the panel.

At around 7ish, we gathered in a small theatre. I think there was around 120 of us.

Firstly, Avis talked about her personal experience with food and how it affects her body. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I feel like that the older I’ve got, the more people I know with dietary requirements.

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Sadly the audience didn’t really have an influence on the discussion of panellists including Alexx Stuart from Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Day, Jess Miller, Thea Soutar from Youth Food Movement, Sarah Wilson from I Quit Sugar, and Dom from Grub Butchery.

Avis lead the discussion about knowing what gluten free means, food wastage, growing produce, how food affects health, palm oil, baby coconuts…

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Everyone can change. No, doesn’t mean that in one day I’m going to buy organically, use leftovers and possibly cook every single meal. Changes occur slowly and in my opinion, it’s a gradual lifestyle change.
My suggestion: figure out what your body agrees and disagrees with (in terms of veg, protein, carbs etc) and slowly adjust. Make going to the markets a weekly catchup win your girlfriends, do what Sarah Wilson did and collect leftover bones from meat and make it into a stew to give back to her friends, and start cooking at least once a day.

The discussion was really helpful in that every panelist was extremely knowledgeable (as expected) but they also had a real passion and are where they are out of their own experience.

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“Arm yourself with knowledge so people can’t bullshit you” – Grub Butchery

I think the quote pretty much applies to everything but it’s ever so true!

At the end of it Avis asked everyone to give a piece of advice:
Dom: ask questions and make little changes
Sarah: minimise waste and have fun, quitting sugar is a way of quitting processed food
Thea: ask yourself why you buy the produce you do now, share food with friends
Jess: grow something (preferably not from Bunnings because the gold specks in the soil aren’t ideal so it’s not your fault if the plant dies!!!)
Alexx: let go of guilt and get excited about what you can do!
Avis: be a role model and not judgemental

Great food for thought there 🙂

Review Rating: =D  =)  =|  =(

Product (Think Act Change meetup): =D

Ambience: =D

Service: =)

Value: =D

Would I recommend going to Think Act Change meetup to a friend? If you are passionate about food and wanting to make a change then this is the place for you!

Would I donate the money I saved to a nominated charity?

“YFM aims to be a nation-wide movement that brings young people together around food.   We strive to make our generation aware of their power as conscious consumers by building understanding and value for the food we eat. We also aspire to be a collective voice for young Australians so that together we can have our say in the decisions that impact our food future.”
Highlight: learning that gluten is the protein in grains. No, not in bread. It was pretty awesome having Sarah Wilson and her experience with food. She’s even been consulting for Unilever! It’s amazing that supermarkets are slowly following the food trend, hopefully!
Suggestion of improvement: I wished everyone in the audience was allowed to take part in the discussion, whether it may be collating a series of questions given by the audience like Q and A, which may make it more engaging? But other than that well organised. Oh, and I wished people stuck around afterwards. The crowd seemed to disperse quickly.
Ends: Think Act Change Meetup meets once a month

Volunteering at Cropfest – Youth Food Movement

Organic produce is not that perfect carrot, potato, or eggplant at your local Coles or Woolworths. Like humans, they come in all shapes and sizes and on Friday March 28, 2014, St Mary’s Cathedral square was a celebration of all sorts.

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“Youth Food Movement aims to be a nation-wide movement that brings young people together around food.  We strive to make our generation aware of their power as conscious consumers by building understanding and value for the food we eat.”

YFM Cropfest - photo 18In front of St Mary’s Cathedral on a Friday night was not your average bunch of tourists taking photos of the cathedral itself, but a bunch of passionate youngsters ready to cook and eat, listen and learn about food that could’ve been otherwise wasted.

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Wooden stools, potted plants and paper flowers made the unique setting a pleasant night.

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I was a volunteer for the event, meaning that it would be free and we each got a dinner token at either Bar Pho or Feather and Bone. The huge pig on a roast proved to be an even bigger tourist attraction in itself.

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The lights lit up the place and you could enjoy a drink or two at their bar selling organic juices ($3), wine, cider or beer ($6).

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There was even an interactive board on the steps so you could post your thoughts and grab a few brochures to learn about sustainability and green living thanks to City if Sydney.

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Throughout the night, there were some workshops you could attend. I ended up helping to Punk Pickles and Preserves first up. To be honest, there wasn’t much to do as a volunteer except to make sure everyone was wearing a Youth Food Movement apron, had their hands sanitised, and wasn’t doing anything dangerous. Easy! And everyone should do it!

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The pickle boys had split their class into four groups and each of them made a beetroot fennel, cucumber or cauliflower preserve. It was very hands on hence why you shouldn’t bring your alcoholic drinks inside.

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We were all given recipes to follow. Although I was supposed to be making sure everything was going smoothly, I ended up helping the fennel group, chopping them up and making a lemon, sugar, vinegar, oil, water preserve. They all tasted delicious and would’ve been perfect for some salad.

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We all bottled our goods and got to take them home…except someone took mine while I was cleaning up the benches. Sad.

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The station next door was run by OzHarvest and their wonderful volunteers. Again, it was very hands on and everyone was cutting up those veggies to make it into a curried tagine. The best thing about was that we got to eat it with some bread afterwards!

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Yum! And the rest goes to OzHarvest to distribute to those with empty stomached. #winning

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The tent on it’s other side was called ‘Talk to your Food’. How do we talk to our veggies? This workshop is designed so that you can make quick and healthy meals using leftover vegetables in your fridge. Firstly, we made this delicious soup with chilli, capsicum, squash, eggplant and a whole heap of stuff. We passed it around and added cucumber tossed with lemon dressing, diced tomatoes and smoked eggplant.

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Then the guy also made raw zucchini pasta. You wonder how vegans survive eating raw food, right? Shredding zucchini, or even other vegetables such as carrot into linguini strips substitutes for pasta. It’s the same as blending cauliflower into a a rice substitute. It’s delicious!

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“Twisted Drinks” by these two boys in sunnies uses the carts from planes to serve their customers. They taught us how to make an apple and lemon syrup and added soda and rum to pour us cocktails! We used a machine to put caps on the bottles- my friends are going to have the best cocktails next night out!

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We also tried this pretty strong alcohol with mixed spices and herbs. I passed around the straws and the jar so everyone could have a taste of it. I could be sipping this all day if I was chilling at my (future) holiday house.

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There was a chill tent right opposite Twisted Drinks where people like Jo and Alex, the founders of YFM gave talks about food. Ronnie Kahn from OzHarvest and the short film, ‘Sourced’, was also shown to name a few..

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Towards the end there was an excess amount of food so we got to take some chilli plants, broccoli, squash, sage, etc home. The rest went to OzHarvest #sustainableliving

The night ended at around 9:30 with crazy cleaning and packing. I ended up leaving at around 10 but there were heaps of people who stayed longer. Mind you, the organisers have been there since 6am.

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Review Rating: =D  =)  =|  =(

Product (Volunteering at CropFest for Youth Food Movement): =)

Ambience: =)

Service: =)

Value: =D

Would I volunteer at Cropfest again next year? There are several levels of volunteering when it comes to the Youth Food Movement. I was an event volunteer, meaning that I only helped out during the day. You can also be part of the ‘core team’, meaning that you can go on field trips to gather produce, make decorations, etc. Unfortunately I had a bit going on last month but I would happily help out more!

Would I donate the money I saved to a charity? Normally it’s $25 a ticket and this would be very useful to go towards meals. Did you know that $1 = 2 meals? That would mean that you helped feed one person for a full week! Yes. Let’s help the homeless.

Highlight: making the food! I love being hands on and doing things myself. I think the best was tasting the food we ate! Didn’t even need to use the food token we got given! I also loved how we got to rotate between workshops as volunteers so we could experience the night.

Suggestion of improvement: With the workshops, I don’t think people knew they had to sign up at first so it would’ve been better if it was noted on the event page. I also wished that all those who were conducting workshops and talks had a small microphone because a lot of the time I couldn’t hear them from one side of the tent to another. Other than that, it was a spacious area and nice music in the background.

Ends: March 28, 2014

Link: http://www.youthfoodmovement.org.au/

Angela Bee