Slow food awakens passion for tropical delights 


Fine food aficionados can share their passion for Top End produce in an evening dedicated to discussion and degustation of Territory-inspired cuisine.

The art of growing tropical fruit and vegetables and how to cook and present them with finesse will be the hot topic of discussion.

A panel of writers and publishers will join Darwin Slow Food Group’s Christine Bond in Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) kitchen at Palmerston.

Christine will invite the panel to talk about the importance of love, respect and understanding country when it comes to selecting, preparing and appreciating good food.

CDU hospitality, cookery and bakery students will prepare some of the original recipes from the definitive resource to Top End cuisine, “The Tropical Gardener’s Gourmet Guide”, for guests to taste.

The guide was written 30 years ago by the Darwin Garden Club as a resource for people living in the Territory to help them grow better produce in tropical conditions.

The book’s publisher, Simon Niblock, will join children’s book writer and Territorian Jane Christophersen, tropical gardening guru Chris Nathaniel and Mal Green, from Greenies Real Food, on the expert panel.

Blue cheese with blachan (an essential ingredient used in South-East Asian cooking), freshly baked bread and other delicacies from the book will be available for guests to sample.

Finger food and drinks will be accompanied by live music by local singer-songwriters Jess Ribeiro and Kim Orchard.

The event will be held on Wednesday, August 20, from 6pm to 8.30pm at CDU’s Palmerston Campus Bakery.

Members of the public are invited, tickets are $20. Contact Sarina at CDU on 8946 7954 or email: or for more information: