What's on


The festival will begin with an official opening ceremony and Welcome To Land by Wurundjeri Elder Ian Hunter. This will take place as soon as gates open just after 10am


This year will be our biggest every passata making. Home make it will have 14 stations ready for people to get invovled in the whole process. Each participant will take home their own bottle pf passata. You can also get yourself a bargain on one of the electric machines used on the day being sold at a great price. Purchase one of the festival machines at a discount rate of $600 (RRP $720) to make your own passata at home! 
More info about Home Make It here

Bookings are essential for this activity, registration for each session opens 60 minutes prior to session start time





Hilary McNevin is a Melbourne-based freelance food and wine writer. For 15 years she worked front-of-house in restaurants in Australia and the UK before studying writing and editing at RMIT. Her work appears in The Australian, SBS Food Online, 9Kitchen, Winestate magazine, Eat Drink magazine and Broadsheet.com.au. She was the Australian contributor of the book 1001 Restaurants You Must Experience Before You Die (Murdoch Books) released in October 2014, co-wrote the cookbook The Atlantic at Home, with chef Donovan Cooke published in December 2014 and edited the award-winning Temples of BBQ by Lance Rosen released in 2015. In 2008, she wrote Guide to Fish: Choosing and Cooking Sustainable Species.Hilary also works as an event planner through her business Pep Events and founded Turnip Media, where she shares culinary news and stories, through written articles, social media and the podcast Turnip Talks which launched its first episode in December 2016 and featured the Grossi family. This year she will be moderating this great line up of educational sessions. More info about Hilary here

10.30 am       Melbourne Rooftop Honey - Bee keeping & the life of bees

11.30 am       Our Backyard Hero - Mario Di Natale & sustaining the Italian traditions of backyard growing

12.00pm        Alice in Frames "She doesn't like tomatoes" 

1.00pm          Bruce Burton (Milking yard farm) - Permaculture & sustainable farming

2.00pm          Madelaine Scott - The story of Madelaine Eggs

4.00PM          Giorgio Linguanti  (THAT'S AMORE) - How to make mozzarella 

Bookings are essential for this activity, registration for each session opens 60 minutes prior to session start time

Live gnocchi making 

Watch live gnocchi making all day with Woodstock. Come up and see gnocchi being made from scratch and cooked in front of you. Ask the Woodstock team about how to get perfect fluffy gnocchi and any tips or tricks you might need. More info about Woodstock here  


 Joining us this year are the mighty Northern Blues. They will be bringing along their handball target for kids (or grown-ups) to have a go and polish their handball skills. Visit the membership marquee, meet the players and show your support of this great local club. Go Blues! 

Learn about backyard pizza ovens 


Polito wood fired ovens are bringing their beautiful back yard pizza ovens for you to try. Talk to them about how to build one in your back yard for access to the perfect wood fired pizzas at home. Try some focaccia as they cook it live for you and show you how the ovens work. More info about Polito here


Melbourne city football club are joining the festival this year with their inflatable pitches, running free skills clinic for kids. Kids can have a kick, learn some skills and have fun! Competitions will also be run to win merchandise and tickets to the last home game of the season! More info about Melbourne City here


The Travelling Kitchen will be running cooking workshops for children incorporating hygiene and safety, recipe recognition, practical cooking skills, sensory testing and nutrition. 30 minute Workshops will run from 10.30am until 1pm on a first in best dressed basis. More info about the travelling kitchen here

Grape Stomping

Join the Home Make It team for some grape stomping. Get your feet dirty and help us stomp some grapes. The skins will be used to make Gin! 
Two 45 minute sessions of stomping will run at 11am  and 2pm. Come on up and have some fun.


Joining the festival this year for some great fun and entertainment is The Scrims. They will be playing in the afternoon. More Info on The Scrims Here

All activities subject to a first in best dressed basis on the day as spaces are limited. Acitvites are subject to change without notice.