On Friday the 24th September 2010, we held a launch event to promote Every Dish Tells A Story. It was an opportunity for people to learn the stories behind some unique local recipes, to see films about food, and to enjoy live music in the comfortable atmosphere of the Old Willows Brewery Restaurant in the heart of Pichi Richi Pass.
To begin with, there was a long awaited sneak preview of the book created by writers Tarla Kramer and John Mannion, edited by Bronwyn Lucas and overseen by project leader Cindi Drennan. The book has been developed through interviews with dozens of local people and derives its themes from community input. It features stories and recipes from people in the area and creates a picture of what makes the people and food in the area unique. Stories of overcoming obstacles like drought and distance, Indigenous and Multicultural flavours, growing local produce on saline soils, unique ways of cooking, prize winning strategies for show cooks, and cooking tips from the environmentally savvy are just some of what the book has to offer. The book will be available to preview at the event and guests are encouraged to give their feedback and advice. The book has been put together by members of the community through a Self Publishing workshop run by Cindi Drennan and features photos taken by Quorn Photographer Liz Collins.
There was also be a launch of two tasty short films made by film maker in residence Malcolm McKinnon on the theme of “Feral Flavours”. The films ‘Get Your Goat’ and ‘Roast the Rabbit’ featured Andrea Tschirner, and Stefan and Martha Wilton showing how they cook “feral meats”. These fun and quirky films show an example of the innovative ways people in the region use feral animals. The Film Maker in residence program was supported by Arts SA, Flinders Flicks and made possible with the work of Jane Egerton-Warburton (project coordinator) and Cindi Drennan (project manager). On the night local film maker/ oral historian Jon Mannion introduced the films.
Everyone was asked to bring along a favourite dish to share. These dishes were photographed, to record the diversity of flavours that are enjoyed in the region. The food was then shared by everyone present, supplemented by treats selected from the book, prepared by the cooks at the Old Willows Brewery Restaurant. Perth singer Samantha Ray, performed at the event, a lovely loungey selection of soulful songs. Samantha has sung at events around Europe and recorded two albums in the UK, and this was her first performance in the area. It ended the night on a groovy note!
This project has been possible with the support of Arts SA Community Partnerships fund, Country Arts SA, Regional Arts Fund Australia, Flinders Ranges Council, and Illuminart / Projectroom.