Hail, Tomato!


I love tomatoes and have been growing them for years. It’s such a humble staple in my garden so the thought of a festival dedicated to this wonderful ingredient is always going to grab my attention and time. So without hesitation, dear husband and I trekked to Edendale Community Farm in Eltham today to help celebrate the Melbourne Tomato Festival’s second offering. 

Like last years inaugural event, there were many local producers on hand to share their knowledge and give us an opportunity to purchase some of the goodies they had on offer. Other noteworthy aspects of the festival included cooking demonstrations from the likes of celebrity chef’s Guy Grossi, Karen Martini, and Matt Wilkinson as well as passata and mozzarella making workshops for those interested in making their own.

As an avid gardener, I found the in conversation pieces highlighting the art of organic composting from the Diggers Club, and the informative session from Rooftop Honey on the importance of bees a particular bonus. But on a whole there really was just about something for everyone … and with the sun beaming and the endless amounts of yummy treats along the way it was a lovely way to spend a lazy Sunday in the Summer sun.  



Campaign for Wool…

I love Melbourne. There is always something going on in this town and last Friday was a perfect example of  just that. As I was stepping out of the Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square, I literally stumbled across sheep. Livestock that is, and what a sight it was in this urban setting. The installation was a part of a two-day exhibition at Federation Square that was promoting  Wool Week Australia and the global movement known as the Campaign for Wool.

What I saw was just one of the installations that were presented to help promote and educate consumers on the benefits of wool as an economical and sustainable commodity. I already had an awareness of its benefits and viability in the fashion and design industries but wasn’t fully versed in the Campaign itself. However, after milling around the displays and observing the variety of products that were manufactured with the natural fibre that is wool,  I found it was a rather educational distraction to say the least.

So on that note, if you are genuinely interested and wish to gain a more comprehensive understanding of this campaign I recommend you visit the Campaign for Wool website. It has a wealth of information that can shed a lot of light on this very relevant and worthy movement.

educating the next generation of designers about the benefits of using wool. – See more at: http://www.campaignforwool.org/the-campaign/the-campaign-so-far/#sthash.fE07V4m7.dpu
The Campaign for Wool.
The Campaign for Wool.
A giant ball of wool...
A giant ball of wool…
Campaign for Wool installation at Federation Square.
Under the atrium….the installation.
Babes in arms...beautiful lambs on display.
Babes in arms…beautiful lambs on display.
Garments, homewares and furnishings...
Garments, homewares and furnishings…