Top food news from this week

14th May 2022 | Eativity editors
Australian food news

The biggest news in food this week is that delicious. has revealed the 2022 delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards National Finalists. You can find out who made the cut here. In food festival news, after two years of COVID restrictions, it’s almost dizzying to see the number of experiences that are now on offer. Old favourites are returning, and new events are also cropping up as our cities and regions work to revitalise themselves. Also making food news this week, big business pitches in to help food relief and a new Australian low-sugar milk range has been launched. Plus, yet another plant-based meat brand hits our supermarket shelves, while salty seasoning lovers are in for a real treat.

Australian food news: Mars Food and Sodexo staff cook 2500 meals for Foodbank
For many Mars staff, this was the first time they’d been on site since COVID hit.

2500 meals for those in need

According to Foodbank, more than one in six Australian adults didn’t have enough to eat in 2021. Almost 40 percent of those affected hadn’t been in this situation prior to the COVID pandemic. In response to the increased need for food relief, more than 100 Mars Food staff, along with staff from catering and hospitality services company Sodexo, volunteered their time this week to produce 2500 meals at the Mars production facility in Wyong, on the NSW Central Coast. Local charities who are part of Foodbank’s network are collecting the meals and distributing them to individuals and families on the Central Coast.

Australian food news: Kissabel apples
Kissabel apples are red on the outside, and on the inside, too.

Sealed with a Kissabel

In fresh food news, the Australian harvest of Kissabel apples has ended with positive results. “The harvest was very positive; we enjoyed a summer that was cooler than usual with above-average rainfall in most growing areas,” says Angela Bracken, Marketing Manager at Montague, which is trialling the apple variety. “This resulted in high-quality, good-sized fruit. Our new retail shop, Bill’s Orchard Gate, has also enabled us to test Kissabel with the local community and obtain feedback on its visual appeal, taste and flavour. We’ve received very good feedback on all fronts.” These red-fleshed beauties aren’t yet available in supermarkets. Follow Montague on Instagram to find out when they’re in store.

Australian food news: Tasting Australia 2022 serves up success
Tasting Australia will return from April 28 to May 7, 2023.

Tasting Australia serves up success

The biggest crowds since the pandemic began have devoured Tasting Australia. More than 56,000 people visited the festival’s Town Square hub in Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga over the 10 days of the festival. Tasting Australia 2022 spanned 11 South Australian regions, with everything from an epicurean feast in the Riverland and an underground stay in Coober Pedy to a day trip to Coffin Bay aboard Tasting Australia Airlines. Tasting Australia is showing no signs of slowing down. It has already announced its return for 2023.

Australian food news: Gather on Kensington Street festival
The team behind Gather on Kensington Street.

Gather on Kensington Street

This June 3-5, one of Sydney’s favourite streets will be turned into a three-day free street festival. Some of the city’s best restaurants and “new school” NSW wineries are taking over Kensington Street in Chippendale, thanks to the NSW Government’s $50 million CBDs Revitalisation Program. Gather on Kensington Street will feature a stellar line-up of local food and drink talent who’ll be creating stalls, snacks and special events along Kensington Street and into the restaurants and bars along it. For more info, go to wearegather.com.au.

Australian food news: Queen Victoria Market Winter Night Market returns
Come mid-season, the Winter Night Market will embrace the festive spirit to celebrate Christmas in July.

Winter Night Market returns

PSA for Melbourne foodies! After a three-year hibernation, the Winter Night Market will return to Queen Victoria Market every Wednesday from June 1 to August 31. The market will bring together Melbourne’s best street food traders, brewers, distillers, artisans and entertainment for the perfect midweek winter experience. Visitors will be able to wander the market’s iconic open-air sheds and laneways to enjoy street food like spicy dumplings, cheesy pasta, smoked meats and decadent desserts while sipping on hot gin toddies, warming spiced cider and mulled wine. For more, head to winternightmarket.com.au.

Sydney Seafood School Winter Series
Learn to make a rich and creamy clam chowder.

Sydney seafood winter series

Sydney Seafood School has appointed a new manager, with Sally Webb taking the helm. One of Webb’s first achievements was to curate the school’s winter series. Kicking off on June 4, the series will feature guest chefs Christine Manfield, Joel Bennetts (formerly of Bondi’s Fish Shop) and Sean Connolly. Guests will also be able to join a special edition Winter Warmers class. Here they’ll learn how to master hearty dishes like clam chowder, seafood pie, paella, laksa and chilli crab. “With this series, I really want to highlight seasonal seafood species,” Webb says. “Seafood can often be forgotten in the cooler months. But winter is a fantastic time for seafood.” You can check out the classes here.

Australian food news: ReMilk contains 50 percent less sugar than regular milk
ReMilk is simple swap that can save 1.7kg of sugar from your diet each year.

ReMilk: doing dairy differently

Milk is one of the best natural sources of calcium and a household staple for many Australians; we consume an average of 75 litres of milk per person each year. Now a new product has been launched that lets milk-lovers enjoy their daily dairy while also cutting down on sugar. Melbourne’s Rokeby Farms has released ReMilk. The naturally cold-filtered milk contains 50 percent less sugar than regular milk, while also being higher in protein. It’s also lactose-free. ReMilk can save you more than 400 teaspoons of sugar a year, while still providing the same taste and consistency as regular milk. The packaging is also fully recyclable, renewable and made of 100 percent plant-based materials.

Future Farms launches in Australia
Future Farm uses artificial technology to mimic the composition of real meat.

Future Farm comes to Oz

The plant-based meat market just got even more crowded. The latest product range has landed in Australia this week. International food tech company Future Farm has come Down Under, with its Future Burger, Future Beef, Future Meatball and Future Sausage now available in 700 Coles supermarkets. Using “True Texture Technology” to mimic the composition of real meat, all Future Farm products are made with a blend of three plant-based ingredients: soy, pea and chickpea. The range contains no artificial additives and is lower in sodium than other leading plant-based meat brands on the market.

Australian food news: NZ's Proper Crisps establishes manufacturing facility in Australia
Proper Crisps come in a home compostable bag.

Proper Crisps crosses the ditch

New Zealand-based Proper Crisps has established a standalone potato chip manufacturing plant in the Yarra Valley, Victoria. It will manufacture its chips using Australian potatoes specifically for the Australian market. Proper Crisps has been selling its products in Australia since 2019; demand has grown so much, the decision was made to set up an Aussie base. The company worked with an agronomist and local farmers in Australia to trial potato varieties, as the Agria potato it uses in New Zealand is not commonly grown in Australia. You can find Proper Crisps in 1500 stores across Vic, NSW, Qld and WA.

Shapes Flavour Shakers
Consumers have long been asking for a Shapes seasoning product.

Shaking up Shapes

Anyone who’s eaten Shapes would know that one of the chief pleasures of the snack is digging out the seasoning that’s fallen to the bottom of the bag. If this sounds like you, you’ll love this news: Arnott’s has released new Shapes seasoning sachets. Shapes Flavour Shakers currently only comes in barbecue flavour, but if you get in quick, you might score some for free. Arnott’s is giving away five packets of Barbeque Shapes-inspired seasoning to the first 2500 Shapes fans to register via the link on their Instagram page.

Healthy comfort food
Try this salmon and rice egg pie: it’s comfort food, done healthy.

Also making food news this week…

As we headed into the second week of No Meat May, we checked in with the experts to find out just how healthy plant-based meat alternatives are. For No Meat May-ers who don’t want to go 100 percent plant-based, we also shared some easy, tasty recipes that’ll warm your bones. Cutting down on meat is a great way to help the planet, so we also shared the news of a new book that explores how food choices can help the planet. On the hospitality front, we took a look at the latest restaurant naming trend. Finally, our producer profile this week introduces you to Toni Barton, creator of Lamb Bacon.

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