Explore the history of Italian food on a walk around Melbourne with Dr Tania Cammarano.
Dates: Saturday 6 and Saturday 27 November 2021.
Meeting place: Between the Royal Exhibition Building and the Hochgurtel Fountain, Carlton.
Registration essential (max 15 participants).
How did the food of widely despised and distrusted migrants become arguably Australia's favourite cuisine? How did Renaissance architecture, wartime internment, espresso bar scandals and Sophia Loren feature in this? Food historian Dr Tania Cammarano will answer these questions while guiding intrepid cultural and culinary explorers on a walk from Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building into the heart of Carlton. Drawing on her original research and some serious sleuthing, Dr Cammarano will tell the fascinating and largely overlooked story of how ideas of Italy influenced the acceptance of Italian food. Myths will be busted and mysteries uncovered as you meet some of the migrant visionaries and mavericks who paved the way for Italians and their food to became the mainstream mainstays of multiculturalism. The leisurely walk will include caffè and biscotti en route, and end with vino, antipasto and a debriefing at one of Carlton's historic cafes.
Walk length: 3 kilometres.
Terrain: Generally flat.
Cost: $70.00 (includes coffee, biscuits and antipasto).
Dr Tania Cammarano is a food historian whose research focuses on the history of Italian food in Australia. Prior to embarking on an academic career, she wrote about food for News Limited and Australian Associated Press, amongst others. She was also the founding editor of food and recipe website, taste.com.au. She has taught food writing as part of the Graduate Program in Food Studies at the University of Adelaide and is currently a lecturer in the food studies and gastronomy program at William Angliss Institute.