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Friday 15 March 2019

Down-to-earth permaculture dinner at Oakridge

Time is tight for anyone wanting to attend a special permaculture dinner at Oakridge in the Yarra Valley on Saturday, March 30. 

Oakridge Restaurant and Winery in the Yarra Valley will host permaculture experts Kirsten Bradley and Nick Ritar of Milkwood for a special one-off dinner. 

Oakridge’s co-executive chefs Jo Barrett and Matt Stone (below) will join the Milkwood team for an event celebrating a joint passion for wild foods, fermentation and farming.

Guests will enjoy a one-off menu crafted from ingredients foraged and sourced locally and grown on the Oakridge estate.

Selected Oakridge wine vintages will be featured, reinforcing the connection of local flavour and the taste of the Yarra Valley. 

During dinner, the Milkwood duo will lead a lively discussion of the evolution of wild foods in Australia, sustainable farming and how we can all find a little piece of wilderness wherever we are.

As self-proclaimed ‘avant gardeners’, Oakridge’s chefs and winemakers have a deep respect for the principles of permaculture. During this special dinner, guests will be given an opportunity to understand the interconnectedness of each ingredient on their plate and wine in their glass.

Chefs Matt Stone and Jo Barrett took over the Oakridge kitchen in 2015. They lovingly refer to the food at Oakridge as ‘Yarra Valley Cuisine’, as they use only what they can grow, source and forage from the local area.

Kirsten Bradley and Nick Ritar (left) quit the city 10 years ago with a dream of living simply and within their means. They started a small permaculture farm called Milkwood. Since then, they’ve been growing food and sharing skills wherever they lived or travelled, from building biochar stoves to creating rooftop community gardens and teaching permaculture design. 

They currently live, grow, forage and keep bees on their two-acre permaculture farm near Daylesford.

Oakridge Wines is at 864 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream, Victoria. The dinner cost is $140 per person (or $180 per person including a signed copy of Milkwood: Real skills for down-to-earth living.

Bookings: or (03) 9738 9900. Photos: Katie Wilton, Kate Berry.

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