Creating future foodies

14 April - by Shannon Carbone

Words by Shannon Carbone

School holidays are here, and Taste Buds, the Tasting Australia festival’s kids program, is calling all junior chefs and foodies to join them in Rundle Mall for some foodie fun.

Taste Buds was a such a hit at last year’s Tasting Australia festival that it has been included again, with more free, hands-on classes to entertain the little ones these school holidays.

Taste Buds event manager Chris Stephan has worked with Tasting Australia to develop a program that is not only a whole lot of fun for kids, but also educates the next generation of foodies about cooking, where food comes from, nutrition, food preparation and the importance of eating local and fresh produce.

Chris’s enthusiasm for educating kids about food is infectious, and her enthusiasm helps to create future foodies.

 The program offers three different workshops – Food Facts, Food Art, and Plant a Salad - and from all reports, kids are loving it.

Le Cordon Bleu chefs run the Food Facts workshop, which has hands-on cooking activities.

Kirsty Shadiac from Art Ventures delivers a Food Art workshop that combines kids’ artistic flare with food. The Plant-a-Salad session run by ABC Gardening’s Sophie Thomson enables kids to learn how food is planted and grown, and includes a planting activity. 

Each session also gives kids a goodie bag to take home and enjoy. 

Taste Buds is supported by a range of sponsors, including Le Cordon Bleu, San Remo, Australian Almonds, Rundle Mall, Bone Health Foundation, and the Fleurieu Milk Company and  is expecting some special guests in the coming week, including Mootilda from the Fleurieu Milk Company and Professor Fit Bones from the Bone Health Foundation.

Taste Buds is a free event, running five sessions a day from 11am to 3pm, every hour on the hour, until Sunday April 22. Check out more information here.

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