The Australian Future Foods Lab is an artist collective that seeks to re-ignite tastebuds and the cultural imagination in support of emerging and sustainable food systems. The Lab invites innovation and experimentation through unique collaborations involving artists, scientists, chefs and the food industry. Our focus for early 2013 is native foods that support biodiversity and celebrate the traditional knowledge of Indigenous Australians. Two events with artist Janet Laurence begin the Lab's activities in February:
An evening of poetry and alchemy dedicated to our native flora. The Australian Future Foods Lab invites you to discover uniquely Australian tastes and tales with environmental artist Janet Laurence‘s Elixir Bar, presented with award-winning chef, Douglas McMasters from byJoost. Enjoy a selection of different alcoholic potions and canapes as we take you on a scientific, cultural and futuristic expedition into the magical life and qualities of Australian plants. Join the Lab in creating new cultural traditions and food fads in support of sustainable food systems. Silo Cafe 1 February 2013, 6.30pm
Native Botanicals Dinner
Artist Janet Laurence’s exhibition at the McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park: (Langwarrin, Vic): ‘The Alchemical Garden of Desire’ is the setting for an exquisite pop-up dining experience themed around native Australian plants.
A five course degustation menu designed by Chef Douglas McMasters (byJoost) will feature familiar and wholly unexplored plants and their amazing stories.
Brought to you by the Australian Future Foods Lab, the Native Botanicals Dinner will offer a unique and delicious perspective on the potential for native foods to be a future food solution.