About the Fringe Food Festival

The Fringe Food Festival believes that there is an opportunity to create grass roots food events in Melbourne and around Victoria – maybe even all of Australia.

We’ve created a place through social media – Facebook, Twitter and a website – where these events can be nurtured and promoted. A low, or no-cost, promotion model designed to support niche food events to groups of 10 – 100.

In 2011 Ed Charles and Suzanne Farrell seeded various events to get the ball rolling such as the hugely successful truflfle dinners held in July at St Ali and The Estelle.  Just as successful was a Vegan dinner with chef Nic Poelaert at Embrasse Restaurant in Carlton and a Grain vs Grass beef taste off counteracted the vegan dinner with a discussion about beef, and where it comes from

We’ve worked with chefs Matt Wilkinson, Scott Pickett, Ryan Flaherty, Nic Poelaert and Ron O’Bryan, and in venues as disparate as a coffee shop, a cafe, a courtyard, a one-hatted restaurant, a winery and a old-style gentleman’s pub.

Some fabulous suppliers (Warialda Belted Galloway, Holy Goat cheese, Moondarra Wagyu) have supplied food and drink for our dinners, and some have grown produce or made available unique options that are only available via the Fringe Food Festival or “hard-to-get”. And of course, we’ve offered some lovely wines, cider and beer alongside, like Holly’s Garden and Neil Prentice wines, Syrahmi, Foster e Rocco, Crittenden Estate, Red Hill Brewery and Bress Wine and Cider.

In the planning are a cider production day, a beer and cheese matching evening, food themed quiz nights, artisan tonic water tasting and a beef producers’ dinner. We’d like to expand our offering to great value workshops, growers’ events and kitchen gear and vegetable swap meets.

Our seed events have enabled us to set up our systems and work out how tightly we need to curate events, and we’ll be encouraging food lovers to seed events with their favourite chefs, cooks, artisans and suppliers.

The founders are Ed from Tomatom, SJ from Essjayeats, Kitka from Kitka.com


Keep in touch with us by twitter, facebook, RSS feed, or email subscriptions.


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The Big Feed (Kay) July 1, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Hey Ed, SJ, Kitka, Mellie & Danny – please count us in to run a special Big Feed @ FFF so young people, down on their luck, can experience all that is good about eating out (no, definitely NOT a charity fundraising event) where they can be treated well and nourished. We have had plans to do this during MFWF but our ideas are apparently not quite mainstream enough plus we don’t have any of the top 50 chefs in the world as our Ambassadors either. However, we can involve loads of folks in the food industry to DO care and as our aim is to encourage young people to become growers, makers and tasters, we would be honoured if you would let us join the fringe.


FringeFood July 6, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Hi Kay,

Thanks for making contact with the Fringe Food Festival. The Big Eat sounds like a terrific project and just the sort of event we are looking to gather under our “Fringe Food Festival” banner.

We’ve got a little bit of work to do to get our infrastructure up and running, but we’d love to talk more about your plans.

I take it you’re aiming for March 2012 for your event?

Essjayeff will be in contact soon to get make initial contact.

Looking forward to hearing more about The Big Eat

The Fringe Food festival.


Meggs Hannes December 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm

The Lancefield & District Farmers’ Market is proud to announce that it will host a series of pork related events (highlighting our delightful abundance of fantastic free-range piggy producers in the area) over March in a variety of locations in the Lancefield area – just one hour north west of Melbourne. Stay tuned for more details as the events come together…. People in the Lancefield area wishing to get involved can contact farmers’ market coordinator Meggs Hannes on 0407860320 to find out more….. P.S. The market turns 9 this year on Saturday 24th March come along & help us celebrate!! You can follow us on Twitter @LfieldFmrsMkt or Facebook “Lancefield & District Farmers’ Market. Cheerio!


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