2-5 Sep 2024
MCEC Melbourne

The Source Kitchen

Sponsored by Investment NSW, The Source Kitchen is expertly curated and skillfully hosted by Straight To The Source, a renowned food and beverage consultancy. Immerse yourself in an array of captivating food demonstrations and engaging discussions that are not to be missed!

11 - 14 September
Level 1 - Lower Exhibition Halls

Experience boundless creativity and innovation at The Source Kitchen sponsored by Investment NSW, where each day brings an exciting line-up of presenters, ingredients, and techniques. Join food experts Tawnya Bahr and Lucy Allon from Straight To The Source as they explore the world of Australian produce, ideas, and origin. Through captivating interviews, culinary demonstrations, ingredient spotlights, and industry workshops, you’ll gain insights from farmers, artisans, and innovators. Immerse yourself in a wealth of information and discover new producers and regions as you indulge in the diverse range of demonstrations. Prepare to be inspired and enlightened at The Source Kitchen!

On Wednesday, September 13th, Straight To The Source will be hosting their exclusive Concept to Consumer Live Masterclass. If you’re interested in learning more, please visit the Concept to Consumer What’s On Page for additional details.

The Source Kitchen 2023 Program

John Ralley from Bush River Kitchen in NSW joins forces with Telina Menzies, hotel esplanade + garden state hotel VIC . They will share the kitchen and conversation as they talk us through their love of wild game while getting creative with ingredients from Fair Game Wild Venison and Zokoko Chocolate.

Non-alcoholic pairings are popping up on restaurant menus. Winemakers, breweries and distilleries are spending big dollars creating their own no and low alcohol tipples, and drinks options for the sober curious are exploding in popularity. Learn about this huge growth market from industry pioneers leading the charge, what a fast-growing audience of customers are looking for, and how to leverage it on your menus.

Hear from pioneers & changemakers in the meat industry, Gundagai Lamb, Martins Ridge Farm and Macka's Pastoral talk about innovation, regenag, and carbon neutral and how they are changing the farming landscape. R.J. Lines will be in the kitchen cooking up some tastings of their premium NSW produce.

We sit down with the people behind some leading Aboriginal owned and operated businesses IndigieEarth, Pundi Produce and ABC presenter and native horticulturist, Clarence Slockee to find out about authentic supply channels. Be the first to taste Pundi Bitters - Australia's newly launched Indigenous bitters company.

We take a look at some cutting-edge ingredients or products exploring innovation in food and drinks. This will be a showcase event where each of the producers will share their story while the audience tastes a progressive tasting including the first Australian-made baijiu Chinese distilled spirit.

Tokyo Lamington co-founder and chef, Eddie Stewart will work his magic to create some uniquely flavoured lamingtons showcasing Singing Magpie Produce, Pepo Farms and Solomon Gold dished up with a cold-brew coffee tasting from The KIND Coffee Co.

World-class sustainability are at the heart of passionate award-winning producers, Chris Bolton Fish and Rocky Point Aquaculture. Learn about what's important to know and ask when you're sourcing your seafood.

Learn from leading chefs and venues about the challenges they face and the remarkable achievements they have made in their quest for a greener future. Discover ideas and leave inspired and equipped with practical tips to implement in your own businesses and communities from these forward-thinking venues who are waging an innovative war on waste.

With ever-growing movements towards mental and physical well-being, global food trends are aligning with healthier choices. Join us as we introduce two innovative producers putting nutrition and flavour front and centre, and producer chef Michelle (Mishy) Powell from Naturally Sauced whose mission is to create menus to help diners eat well, waste less and feel good, naturally. Adding insights on incorporating these products into menus that cater to conscious diners seeking nourishing meals without compromising on flavour, is renowned chef Adam Moore.

Celebrate the week that was with a fancy martini and lobster roll. Join the Straight To The Source team for a dirty martini mixed by SoHi Spirits using ALTO Olives brine. Joining them in conversation will be Michael from Australian Bay Lobster and Westerley Isbaih from ALTO. Let's go out with a bang learning from these inspiring Australian farmers, growers and producers.

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We are proud to be partnering with Investment NSW as a Major Sponsor for Fine Food Australia.

Investment NSW facilitate economic development and attract investment, and reinforce New South Wales (NSW) as the most desirable place in the world to visit, study, invest and do business.

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