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A foodie's guide to the Docklands Harvest Festival

Feasting, fire and foodie delights are coming to Docklands this weekend as part of a brand new festival.
The Docklands Harvest Festival, a free, family-friendly event to held at Buluk Park, will run from Friday 19 to Saturday 20 May. Here is everything you need to know.

A bowl of herbs on a table

A feast of culinary delights and foodie workshops are among the highlights of the Docklands Harvest Festival

Friday night feast and fire

On Friday night, listen to live music from Velvet Archers while Southside Smokers serve up a delicious menu of tender brisket and mouth-watering pork. Stay warm on your toes with  beers, warm plum brandy and mulled wine at the Harvest Bar.  Make sure you stay until the end for the burning of an eye-catching large-scale wooden sculpture. It’s sure to mesmerise the crowd. 5pm to 8pm Friday 19 May

Saturday workshops and more

Get lost in the crowd
Drop down on Saturday for roving entertainment, tasty food and a live performance from Cookin’ On 3 Burners. Rounding out the day will be a full program of cooking, gardening and food appreciation workshops, and even better, they are all free.  Highlights include:
Make dumplings like a master
From the perfect dough to the shape, dumplings are an art. This workshop, run by Ha Nguyen of Oato Kitchen Asian Cooking School, will take you through how to perfect your skills from start to finish. Runs 2.30pm to 3.15pm Saturday 20 May.

ten fried dumplings on a plate

Take part in the Vietnamese dumpling workshop with Ha Nguyen of Oato Kitchen

Learn to pickle like a pro
Hosted by My Green Garden, learn how to pickle your our vegetables so you’ll never need to see a supermarket jar again. Safe preserving techniques and Middle-Eastern-inspired pickling is also covered. Take notes for your next dinner party. 11.30am to 12pm Saturday 20 May.
Create your own edible garden at home
You don’t need acres of space to create a herby garden bursting with veggies. The Leaf, Root & Fruit team will guide you through growing your own food with limited space. From indoor gardens to balcony spaces, learn from the best as they guide you through common home gardening mistakes. Leaf, Root & Fruit are currently working with Harbour Town and Places Victoria to bring a new community garden to Docklands. 1pm to 2pm Saturday 20 May.
A box of green herbs

The Leaf, Root & Fruit team will guide you through growing your own food with limited space

Taste your way through tea and chocolate
Join Vue de Monde’s original Tea Sommelier Sarah Cowell for a guided tasting. Pairing aromatic teas with locally-made Wawa chocolate, taste your way through one of the most decadent events of May. 1.30pm to 2.15pm Saturday 20 May
Cook like an Italian Nonna
Twirled Pasta Bar will be twirling up a storm during the Docklands Harvest Festival. Specialising in fresh, house-made pasta using locally-sourced ingredients, the team will demonstrate a traditional veal cappelletti.   12.30pm to 1.15pm Saturday 20 May.
Raw fettucini paste on a tray

Try your hand at pasta-making with Twirled Pasta Bar.

Coffee appreciation for the real connoisseur
Docklands-based Saluministi are a proudly Italian café. The expert baristas will be presenting traditional Italian stovetop coffee, so sit down and pay attention–you’ll want to recreate this one at home. They will also be running a porchetta roll demonstration. 12.30pm to 1.15pm Saturday 20 May
Get your hands dirty
Children of all ages can take part in this drop-in gardening workshop run by the Sage Garden. Participants are taken through the process of planting seasonal edible seeds as a start to grow organic food at home. 11.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 3pm, Saturday 20 May.
Work Shop Melbourne will also run session on how to create your own, take-home terrarium. These delicate glass landscapes involve careful plant selection, soil composition and design. 1pm to 1.45pm Saturday 20 May
A child planning seeds in pots

Sage Garden invites children of all ages to plant a seasonal edible seeds

For the complete list of workshops and to find out more about the festival, head to What’s On Melbourne.