Traditional flavours have inspired the canapes menu developed by the Taribelang Aboriginal Corporation for the Milbi Festival’s Tucker and Tunes event.
A Sunday afternoon spent listening to the sounds of Kim Churchill while enjoying the surrounds of Fairymead House is the perfect way to see out the weekend.
From 2 pm to 6 pm on Sunday 30 October, the Milbi Festival event will provide the opportunity for the community to try a range of native ingredients.
Taribelang Aboriginal Corporation’s Rebecca Domaille said the menu was created after yarning with elders about different ingredients that should be used.
“We had plentiful supply of most of the ingredients in Bundaburra (Bundaberg), traditionally the native ingredients have been used for thousands of years,” Rebecca said.
“It’s always great to try new flavours with food.
“You might love a particular flavour which you can incorporate into your everyday cooking.”
Rebecca said the wattleseed which featured in the menu was a commonly used ingredient in the diet of the Taribelang Bunda people.
“Wattleseed was a mainstay in the diet of the Taribelang Bunda providing a rich source of protein and carbohydrates in times of drought,” she said.
“The seed was crushed into flour between flat grinding stones and cooked into cakes or damper.
In addition to the wattleseed, Rebecca said finger limes were also commonly used for medical reasons.
“Finger limes were common in the Bundaberg area, often being used by the Taribelang people for medical uses to reduce illness and also used as an antiseptic,” she said.
“Macadamia nuts or bauple nuts were a delicacy that Taribelang women and children would collect with coolamons or dilly bags and take them to our feasting grounds.
“They were eaten raw or roasted in the fire.
“They were also ground, and the oil used for face painting. Kangaroo (booroo) once roamed free on the Taribelang Bunda's (people) country of Bundaberg.
“They have been used as medicinal nourishment and this is why many of the traditional bush foods of Australia are now seen as superfoods which have great health benefits for everyone. “
The full Tucker and Tunes menu includes:
- Finger lime chilli prawns with mango salsa wonton cup
- Grilled zucchini with olive tapenade and pickled rosella
- Wattleseed vegetable stack
- Crunchy spring rolls with sweet chilli Davidson plum
- Kangaroo sliders
- Macadamia nut and Davidson plum ice cream
Book tickets to the event here.