Top event picks from Alice Zaslavsky

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Guest post from Alice Zaslavsky

The Festival is the perfect opportunity to get kids involved and engaged! There’s such a smorgasbord of great, inexpensive activities that are sure to get your young (and often restless) brood thinking, tasting, feeling, and cooking their way to a love of real food that will hopefully last a lifetime.

Family Foodie Weekend: Garden Pizzeria

Children can be wary of anything completely unfamiliar – which is why getting them cooking an old favourite is a great springboard for trickier dishes. I love that they get to create their own, learning that food is all about the process – from patch, to pizza, to plate! 

Put Victoria on Your Table: Cellar Door & Artisan Market

Nothing makes me prouder to be Victoria, than seeing some of our gorgeous local produce on display. Explore a bunch of the best Victorian producers in one place, with a glass of Victorian wine in hand, and the kids being expertly looked after in a KitchenAid Cooking Class! These classes are the perfect place to start familiarizing your kids with kitchen gadgets, without breaking the bank… or your stand-mixer.

World Street Food Festival, Queen Victoria Market

Melbourne is renowned for its multicultural menu - although with so many different cuisines right on our doorstep, it can be quite overwhelming to know where to begin. Well, this is certainly a terrific place to start! Not only can you try a bunch of different cuisines, fledgling foodies will get to feel the hustle and bustle of the Queen Victoria Market at its best, gearing them up for more regular market shopping trips!

Spoils of the Soil, Mansfield Median Reserve

I’m all about taking littlies back to nature, encouraging them to get their hands dirty and have a play. Whether it’s milking a goat, picking an apple, or even just meeting and chatting to a real farmer, these are the priceless light-bulb moments where Concrete Jungle Juniors can realize where their food is actually coming from (not the fridge!)

CWA State Fair: Plant to Plate, The Country Women's Association of Victoria Inc.

They say that the best person to learn tips for the kitchen from is your grandma. The CWA State Fair means you and your brood can access many grandmas, with a myriad of kitchen and gardening tips, all at the same time! And, if you’re lucky, you might even score a freshly baked biscuit out of it. What’s not to love?

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