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Picnic in the Park - FESTIVAL CLOSING

UPDATE (10:30am): Picnic in the Park will proceed as planned. Bring a poncho!

We're getting out into the neighbourhood and taking Muse on the road! Join us at Telopea Park this Canberra Day for food, wine, music and great conversation. We'll be joined by chef Janet Jeffs (Ginger Catering), gardener, musician and author Simon Rickard (Heirloom Vegetables: A Guide to their History and Varieties)and food writer Liz Posmyk (The Barber of Budapest) to dish the dirt on food - growing it, making it and securing it for future generations.

After we've all learnt how to get more than four tomatoes from our home plants each season, we'll have food for purchase by our pals from Beef & Barley, drinks - including the full Pact Beer Co. range, as well as a selection of wine from our own list – and more besides!

So bring a picnic or buy a juicy burger and kick back for an a-Muse-ing afternoon hanging out in the park with burgers, tunes and buddies old and new.

Oh – entry to this one is FREE – but do register if you would like a seat!* Otherwise you have to sit on the floor on a blanket which you'll have to bring yourself which, you know, is encouraged anyway because it's a picnic.



Bring a blanket...

*Limited number available

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Participant Bios

As a young chef Janet Jeffs worked alongside Adelaide’s Cheong Liew and helped Maggie Beer establish the legendary Pheasant Farm restaurant in the Barossa Valley. These experiences gave her an excellence in technique that is her hallmark. Always sourcing the finest ingredients, Janet’s close connections with local producers enabled her to become a farmer herself as she develops sustainable practices at her historic Ballalaba property. Her passion for sharing the finest food and her commitment to Canberra makes her a passionate advocate for a good food economy for our region, fair for farmers, families and the future.

Award-winning Canberra writer Liz Posmyk, was born into the loving arms of a Hungarian migrant family in 1958. Inspired by fresh produce, Liz has combined her passion for cooking and sharing recipes for decades. She is best known for her blog, Good Things, and a long-running newspaper column. Previously, she co-owned Canberra's leading cooking school, while simultaneously managing the Belconnen Markets. Liz's first book, The Barber from Budapest & Other Stories (a memoir with recipes) was published in 2016.

Simon Rickard is a passionate gardener and plantsman. He was head gardener at the Diggers Club until 2009, before collaborating with restaurateur Annie Smithers in establishing her kitchen garden. Simon runs his own garden consultancy, as well as working as a garden communicator – writing books, giving workshops and leading international garden tours. Simon still finds time for a parallel career as a historical bassoonist with, among others, Pinchgut Opera, the Australian Haydn Ensemble, and his own renaissance consort, Unholy Rackett.

Earlier Event: March 12
Beetroot, Bassoons, Mulch & Music
Later Event: March 13
Craig Silvey - Jasper Jones