Food in Australia

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Food in Australia has developed over many years with varying influences to be a fusion of ingredients and flavours. Investigate the traditional foods eaten by Aboriginal people and discover how the diet evolved with the first settlers farming food in Australia. Examine how cuisine has been influenced by various cultures and revolved full circle to include indigenous ingredients now known as ‘bush tucker’. Meet one of our Aboriginal educators and learn about the different methods used to collect and prepare bush food. Assist with the preparation of modern recipes adapted to include native bush ingredients and then enjoy tasting these! 

Stage 5 Food Technology and Aboriginal Studies
2 hours
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
$13 per student. Minimum charges apply

What happens?

  • Examine the traditional and contemporary uses of bush foods
  • Discover the nutritional value of native food and its relationship to health
  • Learn about the plants and seeds brought by the First Fleet to create the first farm in Australia
  • Examine plants that were used by original inhabitants for food, tools and medicine and learn about Aboriginal culture
  • Prepare recipes that incorporate bush food ingredients, i.e. wattle seed damper, lemon myrtle and macadamia nut toffee, and bush tomato popcorn
  • Take a walk through the Cadi garden and delight your senses with a food tasting session.

Students will... 

  • Appreciate the timeline of food in Australia from Aboriginal culture, to First Farm, then numerous cultural groups who have settled here, to the reintroduction of indigenous ingredients into our cuisine to create ’bush foods’
  • Explore the different types of traditional foods eaten by Aboriginal people; the methods of collection and processing and how the traditional diet was influenced by location
  • Discover the beginnings of farming and the early colonial diet
  • Appreciate and value the wide variety of foods available in Australia now and the contributions from a range of cultures
  • Assist in the preparation of simple recipes that have been adapted to include native ingredients
  • Enjoy tasting recipes with ‘bush food’ additions.

Excellent excursion for students and relevant to their studies. Highly engaging and enjoyable. Many thanks.

Teacher, Casimir Catholic College
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