The Longest Lunch
12:30 PM12:30

The Longest Lunch

The Basin Community House is proud to host a fundraiser for Knox Infolink to support the homeless and vulnerable members of our community.

Come along to feed your tummy whilst helping others in need.

Location: The Basin Community House, 21 Liverpool Road, The Basin

Cost: $25 per person, $15 concession. (Please bring extra money for raffles)

LIMTED SEATING - Call Basin Community House on 9761 0209 to book

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Knox Community Gardens' 35th Birthday Celebration
9:00 AM09:00

Knox Community Gardens' 35th Birthday Celebration

Mark this Zero Waste Event in your calender!

Join us for a funtastic day at the Knox Community Gardens. Speak to the the friendly plotters, experienced growers and the makers in this beautiful, serene open space we call our gardens.

Come along for a day out, check out the stalls, market fair, workshops and freshly cooked food on offer. I am a proud baby green thumb at the Knox Community Gardens and look forward to seeing you there.

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Stringybark Festival 2019 - Rowville
11:00 AM11:00

Stringybark Festival 2019 - Rowville

Discover the wonders of our backyard! Free Entry

This year's Stringybark Festival FEASTivities are inspired by the flavours, smells and dishes served up in our own 'backyard.' Everything and anything you can imagine that happens on and in the backyard grill, spit, smoker, roaster and toaster, will be there. This is cooking like you've never seen! There will be live presentations on how to pickle your own vegetables and fruits, along with tips on how to turn your backyard into a bush tucker forest. A riot of homegrown goodness and flavour-filled treats awaits.

In 2019, we are again upping the ante on sustainable food practices and the reduction of waste, with a particular emphasis on ethical and locally sourced produce. The Festival kicks off at 10:00 am with free breakfast for the early comers followed by our first presentation commencing at 11am.

We invite you into our backyard, into our kitchen and into an event where doing your best is about doing what comes naturally. We look forward to sharing this incredible event with you and the community. Stringybark is a free community event exploring everything local, home-made, creative, sustainable and adventurous in Knox.

Program Highlights include:

  • Animals Galore: cute farm animals, native creatures and presentations

  • Backyard Tucker Stage: taste test the best from gourmet BBQs, jams, pickles and bush tucker with zero waste

  • Makers Market: explore all things home grown, hand-made and up-cycled and purchase some unique treasures

  • Get Active: play backyard games, jump, climb and get active with free attractions and sporty challenges

  • Busker’s Stage: in the food court where local singer songwriters share their talents

  • Children’s Play Space: giant games, toys and adventure play for the young ones

  • Community Stage: with loads of colorful performances and presentations

  • DIY Fun Stuff: get imaginative with creative arts, crafts and science play

  • Community Gardens: learn about sustainability with our local environmental groups

  • Living Local:meet local services, clubs and businesses and learn about what’s on offer in your backyard

  • Nature Playground: cubby building, animal face-painting and costume making in the playground

  • Veg Out: in the chill out space filled with books, quiet tunes and comfy stuff

  • Food Truck Feast: chose from a variety of healthy choices and festival favorites for purchase

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Healthy Body & Soul Festival - Girls Day Out
11:00 AM11:00

Healthy Body & Soul Festival - Girls Day Out

Come and join me for an intimate VIP ticketed Cooking Class. 

With groups maxed at 14 and tastings a must, this is a great opportunity to pick up some of my culinary tips and support a great cause. Secure your front-row seat to my Asian Cooking Class for a tiny $20 per class (Greek, Sri Lankan or Indian also available), which also includes general entry to the Healthy Body and Soul Festival. Join Foodie Trails Chefs and learn to cook different cuisines from around the world! All money raised will be donated to our Women's Charity, Share the Dignity

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11am Kelly Michelakis, from The Hellenic Odyssey, is passionate about Greece and its food. When she thinks of her happiest moments she often reminisces about her wonderful travels or a delicious meal. This is how she knows that food and travel is her passion project

12pm Himanshi Munshaw Luhar is passionate about creating memories and food experiences she holds dear from her youth in India. Food to her is inclusiveness, warmth, invitation to join our table, delicious, vibrant, informal and adventurous.

1pm Lillie Giang The Food Affectionist who specialises in almost all south-east asian cuisine as a result of being born into a family of serious foodies in Vietnam

2pm Don Sherman, one of Sri Lanka’s most loved chefs and shows off his unique culinary fused singing skills with his feisty Sri Lankan personality right here in Australia where he now calls home


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Mid-Autumn Festival at Crown
to Sep 8

Mid-Autumn Festival at Crown

If you are a foodie, come along for some tasty treats at the Asian Inspirations Culinary Marquee and watch Uncle Buffalo and The Food Affectionist wok up another storm. It is free and delicious!

It’s the Mid-Autumn Lanterns Festival! Exciting cultural shows and flavoursome Asian cuisines comes to Crown Riverwalk for the ninth year under the lights of vibrant lanterns. Get your taste-buds enchanted by Chef Lillie Giang’s unique Karaage Chicken, Beef Bulgogi Bibimbap and Green Curry Grilled Beef. She’ll teach you some handy kitchen tips and tricks too! Learn more about her passion for food at Also, catch Joshua Ong and his multipurpose Buffalo Cookware in action, as he cooks and treats you to tasty Balinese Green Bean Salad, Malaysian Satay Beef and Salmon Teriyaki with Udon Salad. Find out how Buffalo Cookware helps you cook easier and faster, at

Plus, get your chance to win free gifts, cash vouchers and limited edition merchandise at the Cash Booth, whenever you purchase $20 worth of Asian Inspiration products. Join us for another delightful Moon Festival this year!

Cooking Demonstration Itinerary:
Friday, September 6, 2019
Cooking demos by Chef Lillie Giang:
4:15pm - 5:00pm (Karaage Chicken)
5:15pm - 6:00pm (Beef Bulgogi Bibimbap)
6:15pm - 7:00pm (Green Curry Grilled Beef)

Saturday, September 7, 2019
Cooking demos by Chef Lillie Giang:
12:00pm - 12:45pm (Karaage Chicken)
1:00pm - 1:45pm (Beef Bulgogi Bibimbap)
2:00pm - 2:45pm (Green Curry Grilled Beef)

Cooking demos by Joshua Ong:
4:15pm - 5:00pm (Balinese Green Bean Salad)
5:15pm - 6:00pm (Malaysian Satay Beef)
6:15pm - 7:00pm (Salmon Teriyaki with Udon Salad)

Sunday, September 8, 2019
Cooking demos by Joshua Ong:
12:00pm - 12:45pm (Balinese Green Bean Salad)
1:00pm - 1:45pm (Malaysian Satay Beef)
2:00pm - 2:45pm (Salmon Teriyaki with Udon Salad)

Cooking demos by Chef Lillie Giang:
4:15pm - 5:00pm (Karaage Chicken)
5:15pm - 6:00pm (Beef Bulgogi Bibimbap)
6:15pm - 7:00pm (Green Curry Grilled Beef)

For more information, please visit :

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Meet and Greet Community Lunch
11:00 AM11:00

Meet and Greet Community Lunch

Learn to cook : 11am

Community Lunch: 12pm - 1:30pm

RSVP please for catering purposes

Oodles of Noodles is being served in noodle boxes at this term’s community lunch. You can join in to help chop and wok up the noodle boxes or come at 12pm for a friendly and social lunch.

Lots of cooking tips to pick up from guest Chef Lillie

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The Coconut Festival at The Glen and Box Hill Central
to Aug 12

The Coconut Festival at The Glen and Box Hill Central

The Glen Fresh Food Market Hall 27 & 28 July 2019

Come The Glen and join The Food Affectionist for this scrumptious coconut feastivity. We have two full days of beautiful dishes to tempt you. If you love Asian food and everything coconutty, this is one event not to miss. Your tastebuds will thank you. Looking forward to seeing you there! It is FREE!

Menu for Saturday, 27 July‬ and Sunday 28 July

11am-11.45am‬‪. Red Curry Roast Duck with Lychee‬

12.15pm-1.00pm‬ ‪ Tom Ka Chicken - Thai Chicken Coconut soup‬

1.30pm-2.15pm‬ ‪ Vegetarian Thai Green Curry‬

2.45pm-3.30pm‬ ‪ Malaysian Laksa Seafood Noodles‬

4pm-4.30pm‬ ‪Pearl Coconut and Mango Dessert‬

The New Glen’s opening launch on Thursday 1st August.

We are excited to be part of The New Glen’s opening launch! We will go nuts again as part of the coconut festival and we have lined up a number of scrumptious dishes to tempt you. Don’t miss out, your tastebuds will thank you. Apart from the free gift bags to be redeemed until Sunday, there are games to play at the “Coconut Everyday Cooking” booth from Thursday until Sunday. Try the Match N Win or Guess N Win games to test your luck.

Festival Program

Thursday 1st August - 11am - 4.30pm. cooking demonstrations by The Food Affectionist, Chef Lillie Giang

Saturday 3rd Agust - 11am - 1.00pm. Cooking demonstrations by D’elephant’s Chef

- 1.30pm - 3.30pm. Cooking demonstrations by Chinta Ria Soul’s Chef

Sunday 4th August - 11am - 3.30pm. Cooking demonstrations by Uncle Buffalo

Friday & Saturday. - Woolworths sampling Station - Various Thai Curry Vegetables

Box Hill Central - Sat 10th & Sun 11th August 2019

Due to the popular demand of our cooking demonstrations with coconut, we are taking the Coconut Festival to Box Hill Central. We love everything coconut and will show you how to easy it is to use coconut in everyday cooking to create beautiful healthy food.

Fancy Braised Pork Belly with Coconut Water? How about trying our Tom Kha Gai, Thailand’s popular Hot and Sour Coconut Chicken Soup?

Saturday 10th August

10:00am - 10:45am - Tom Yam Soup by Bangkok Jam

11:15am - 12:00pm - Thai Green Curry and Red Ruby Dessert by Bangkok Jam

1:30pm - 2:15pm - Malaysian Laksa Seafood Noodles by Alice Wong

2:45pm - 3:30pm - Thai Green Curry by Alice Wong

Sunday 11th August

11:00am - 11:45am - Tom Kha Chicken/Thai Chicken Coconut Soup by Chef Lillie Giang

12:15pm- 1:00pm - Vietnamese Style Braised Pork by Chef Lillie Giang

1:30pm - 2:15pm - Malaysian Laksa Seafood Noodles by Chef Lillie Giang

2:45pm - Red Curry Duck with Lychee by Chef Lillie Giang

4:00pm - 4:30pm - Pearl Coconut and Mango Dessert

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Outer East Food Share Workshop
10:00 AM10:00

Outer East Food Share Workshop

Outer East Food Share Workshop - 'Working up a Storm.'

Join me for a hands-on cooking and eating morning featuring cooked Asian meals using rescued foods, with Asian sauces and noodles from Asian Inspiration. I will be making simple but tasty food from soups and stir fries to desserts, all using readily available ingredients and easy to follow recipes.

Book by emailing your confirmation details to or phone Marilyn on 0409253489 by Fri 25 May.

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