The Dinner @ Craft & Co

Hosted as a separate event to the Forum, a dinner will be held at Craft and Co. in Collingwood where Forum attendees and non-attendees alike are invited to join the speakers and organisers of the event for a evening of food, thought and conversation. Catered by the talented team at Craft and Co, the night will showcase locally made and sourced food and beverages, with a guest speaker to continue the conversation from Day 1 of the conference.

Tiny Food Farms

More than just growing vegetables, learn how city spaces can be transformed into mini ecosystems to create biodiversity hot spots and an alternate food source. 

Over this four-course meal (menu below) hear from revolutionaries in the bee, bug and worm worlds;
- Stuart Anderson from Flow Hive, an invention that turned the ancient art of beekeeping on it's head by adding a tap. An icon of Aussie ingenuity, their crowdfunding campaign raised over $2 million US in the first 24 hours!
- Ben Mac from The Social Food Project will cook us some "so hot right now" backyard bugs and discuss how they provide an easily harvested source of protein to many people around the world.
- Richard Thomas from Wormlovers will share his deep understanding of the magical world of an animal with five hearts that breathes through its skin and produces the building blocks for life.
- Peter Dyer from Backyard Honey will share a unique Melbourne perspective on food security, food system resilience and corridor habitats.

The night will be MC'ed by the humorous and lovable local food advocate Luca Romani from Pizza Club.

The menu will be as follows;

Mixed local artisan cheeses, free range and grass-fed meats, vegetarian antipasto & house-made condiments
Mixed entrees and seasonal wood-fired vegetarian and vegan pizzas
Speciality free-range and grass-fed sausage varieties (with vegetarian/vegan options)

Crafted dessert using Backyard Honey
Choice of local wines or beers

Sustain is hosting the Forum Dinner in response to feedback from participants at our past events, who overwhelming report that the opportunity to network is one the most valued elements. Sustain's overarching objective is to provide a platform for networks and connections to enable a strong and united shift to a equitable, fair and sustainable food system. For more information on Sustain's Circles of Food approach, please see here.

Join your fair food community around the table to share ideas, conversion and great food and wine...

For tickets to the dinner, please click here. All registrants go in draw to win a Biofilta food wall valued at over $500.

Craft & Co. is  a multi-faceted venue that  provides a rich culinary showcase of Australian food and drink producers via the eatery, bar, retail store and in-house production facilities. The building includes an onsite micro-brewery, distillery, cured meats and cheese making rooms and coffee roaster. Craft & Co. also operate a 40 acre sister site dubbed the “Farm” that produces grapes for wine, has an onsite cafe and cellar door, and with future plans to grow fruit, vegetables, grain, hops and livestock for in-house food and drink products.The eatery reflects their passion for modern food created using traditional and contemporary techniques, where the dishes  highlight the integrity of each ingredient. 

For more information on Craft & Co including the many classes and workshops they run please visit their website.

This dinner is a collaboration between Sustain and Slow Food Melbourne. Slow Food members please email Kelly Donati at with a valid membership number to receive a discount code.