#1629 Taking Refuge in Recipes

It’s been said before, but food is full of meaning. It can transcend borders, cultures, language and class. This week on All The Best, we bring you two stories of how peace and refuge were found through the ritual of cooking and eating.

‘A Recipe for Refuge’ by Carly-Anne Kenneally

Does the smell of a certain meal remind you of home? What if your home was a war torn country and those memories are full of pain?

Kway Nguyen is a Melbourne-based artist who was recently commissioned by the Maribyrnong Council to design an artwork for The Little Saigon Project in Footscray, a western suburb of Melbourne. He designed the installation to reflect contemporary Vietnamese culture as a kind of east meets west marriage.

All The Best producer Carly-Anne Kenneally met up with Kway and his Sydney-based collaborator My Le Thi to talk about cultures, language, art and, of course, food.

‘From Waste to Plate’ by Alice Rennison

It’s estimated that around 5% of the Australian population experiences food insecurity. It’s a pretty broad term that covers a range of scenarios, but the crux of the matter is Australians are going hungry and we’re not really talking about it. But there are a number of fantastic organisations out there across the country making sure Australians going hungry can get a meal or food for their family.

Contributor Alice Rennison decided to meet some of the people behind the food donations services and find out how they operate.

If you would like to get involved or donate, you can read up on the different organisations here: http://www.ozharvest.org/, http://secondbite.org/ and Wesley Mission Food Drive.

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary 

Music: ‘Skull-sized kingdom’ and ‘Shooting Star’ by Richard In Your Mind. 

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Executive producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Presenter: Jess Hamilton

Episode compiler: Tegan Nicholls

Image  by Flickr Creative Commons user Thy Khue Ly

Music: ‘Pickles from the jar’ by Courtney Barnett

#1523 ‘Limits’ – EWF Special

What happens when you send seven writers and seven producers to Docklands and force them to make a radio for a whole day? Well, it’s interesting.
All the Best teamed up with the Emerging Writers Festival to develop new stories on the theme ‘limits’ and this is what they created. We were at the city limits, on a time limit – it seemed fitting.
This episode features stories created on that day – a poem about the unluckiest man in history, a sci-fi tale set at the Docklands which may or may not be fiction, and the story of family pushed to their limits.
Two By Two
Written and produced by Georgia Symons and Michael Brydon
George Danton
Written and performed by Peter Salvatore Matthews
Produced by Zacha Rosen
Family Limits
Written and performed by Romy Durrant
Produced by Carly-Anne Kenneally
The Tropics
Written by Loni Jeffs
Produced by Emma Jensen
Coordinated by Izzy Roberts Orr and Jess O’Callaghan

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: Jes / Flickr

Music Credits: ‘Radio Gaga’ by Queen, ‘Docklands’ by Stevie Nicks

#1520 Go Play Outside

Do you remember climbing a tree as a kid? Running through the bush in the dark, feeling leaves and twigs crunch beneath your feet, your torch out of battery? Did you leap up to grab at the monkey bars even though your arms were too short to make it?

It seems that in a few generations, everything about childhood has changed – except kids themselves. The risks of play, letting kids go it alone, and unsupervised activity of any kind are more publicised than ever. Things that were free fun are now controlled, monetized experienced. Toys that once were bears and dolls are Disney designed icons to be collected and discarded.

How are the changes to play impacting kids? How are they changing the stories kids grow up to tell? And could the changes have a long term impact on health or the environment?

This week on All the Best – stories that explore the commercialisation of play, from mass-made toys to ‘tree-based eco adventures’.

Thanks to the Kids in Nature Network for having our producers along at Nature Play Week.

 

Features Executive Producers: Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Image Credit: David Baker

#1413 Harvest Festival

Nestled in between the houses, roads and busy day to day life of inner suburban Melbourne is a little slice of nature and simple living. This week, All the Best gets up at the crack of dawn when the roosters are crowing and spends the day at CERES Harvest Festival, in Melbourne’s East Brunswick.

Seita

Getting her face painted first thing in the morning, CERES events coordinator Sieta Beckwith spoke to Michael about the Harvest Festival.

Produced by Michael Brydon

Thabie and Robert

Robert and Thabie grow native flowers on their farm in Leongatha, their stall has mixed bunches of natives; proteaceae, kangaroo paw, banksia, leucadendron, pimelia and other natives in bunches of muted green and bright red. Behind their stall was a table selling apple cider, their area smelled of eucalyptus leaves and fresh apples. Leona asked them about their flowers and hovered around while they made sales.

Produced by Leona Hameed

Music Credits: Podington Bear – ‘Morning Mist‘ by Podington Bear, ‘Lulluby‘ by Podington Bear

The Petting Zoo

Surrounded by baby animals in an enclosure down by the CERES cafe, Tess spoke to Sally from Parklands Mobile Animal Farm.

Produced by Tess Lawley

Barry the Beekeeper 

There’s a lot of market stalls, selling organic fruit and vegetables. There’s a hemp clothing store and knitted beanies. And as Allison Worrall was meandering her way along the paths between the live entertainment area and the produce section, she found a busy stall beside a garden. It was a honey stall, with hardly any honey left. She spoke to bee keeper Barry Cooper.

Produced by Allison Worrall

The Farms in Our Yards

Carly and Tess interviewed Alistair From Ripe Near Me a buy, swap and sell food website and Robyn the publisher and editor of Pip a permaculture magazine. They discussed the options  we have as consumers to start taking control of what we eat and where it comes from and how that benefits the earth. They went in looking for a story and came out swapping tomatoes.

You can find the permaculture magazine pip here, or email editor, Robyn at robyn@pipmagazine.com.au. To swap pomegranates for avocados head to Ripe Near Me.

Produced by Carly-Anne Kenneally and Tess Lawley

Music Credits: ‘No Such thing as Waste’ ­by Formidable Vegetable Sound System, ‘City and Country’ by Jai Payne

Napoleon

The best part of a good farm – chickens. Michael spoke to Valerie about hens, roosters and Napoleon.

Produced by Michael Brydon

Music Credit: ‘The Funky Chicken’ by Rufus Thomas

Presenters: Michael Brydon and Michaela Morgan

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Michael Byrdon