Bush to Bowl Adventures

Doing things differently….that’s pretty much the Zing thing. That’s why I’m so excited to see peoples’ faces when they bite into our creations & go on to devour our dishes. I’m in 7th heaven when once unknown flavours & combinations gain exposure & momentum to the point where the greater public acquires the bravado to adventure off the beaten track.

Recently I discovered Bush To Bowl- a local business, totally run by aboriginal people; selling fresh, organic indigenous produce. I am tickled pink that their business delivers low food miles, full food flavours & further menu opportunities for innovation.

Beyond this, I’m super excited to be going bush & hosting a collaboration with them as part of the upcoming ‘Taste of the Beaches’ festival. With this collaboration, you too have the opportunity to explore the bush track with us. 

Join us, deep in the bush of unexplored Ingleside; for an innovative, indigeneous experience. Connecting land &

people by way of plants & food, we will explore treasures of past & present and reveal ways of inviting native

culture and flavours into your everyday.

The entire adventure has 3 parts with a 4th additional bushwalking workshop option:

1. EARTH COOK 11:00am – 12.15 a.m

Enjoy the beauty of the unknown backyard of the Northern Beaches. Observe the method of cooking kangaroo and damper over hot coals within a traditional ground oven. Your Aboriginal and local host from Bush To Bowl will

be storytelling about bushfood during the earth cook. Naturally, you are also invited to sample the cooked delights, native billy teas and tonics.

Your host will share knowledge about the cultivation of indigenous plants & tips for native plant care in your own backyard. Enjoy background music played by local Aboriginal talent, Michael Birk who will further your experience of Aboriginal culture through native lyrics.

2. KITCHEN COOK 12:00pm – 1:15 pm

Mix it up in the kitchen, with fun & educational food prep activities designed for all to enjoy. Interactive stations reveal how delicious bush food can both look and taste in an everyday way.

Kids & big kids alike can enjoy pulverising leaves into powder using a mortar and pestle. Make your own delicious pear slices, watermelon magic & smoothies or shakes, all with native flavours.

Try mixing biscuits & delicious dips with your choice of indigenous ingredients, go nuts with DIY dukkah, creating your very own spice, seed, nut blends. Baste your own brownies, have a ball, spicing up bocconcini & maybe even win a tasting prize when you have your sayo about your preferred mayo.

Feast your eyes on our AmaZing GraZing display. See how easy it is to experiment & impress with flavour and flair. All taste testing is Covid safe.

Stay longer to enjoy the peaceful, bush environment, try some native, creative Zing & and feast on a bush picnic lunch. (There will be take away tucker boxes for families on the run or you can picnic with indoor tabless in the scout hall). Zing Fresh bush tucker boxes are food intolerance friendly & thanks to their fully biodegradable packaging, they are earth friendly too.

For the home trail, you can purchase beautiful bush tucker for your home pantry. Keep your guests coming back like boomerangs by stocking up on flavoured nuts, infused oils and delicious dukkah, dips and tasty treats by Zing Fresh. All items are grown & made locally on the beaches. Just like we promised, from bush to bowl.

3. BUSH TUCKER BOX LUNCH (available at 1.15 p.m) comprises 2 bulging trays of bush tapas:

TRAY 1

– Lemon myrtle humus & bread. Saltbush, purple pickled vegetables

– Native Pepperberry cheese & sour cherry brandy, pepperberry jam with crackers

– Native Sarsaparilla Bush Bliss Ball

TRAY 2

– ‘Boomerang Bites’ (pork meatballs, coconut, water chestnuts & dessert lime chutney)

– Roasted Cinnamon myrtle carrots & River mint potatoes on Warrigal greens with Piggy face

If your little tackers are tricky with tucker, we can offer a simply delicious & fusspot friendly roast beef &/or tuna with aioli & green leaves sandwich in a Little Tacker Box. Both trays contain a simple sandwich/treat and can therefore feed either 1 or 2 children. The price is the same as the Bush Tucker Box.

Entry price also includes :

– Access to Zing Fresh recipes featuring the showcased indigenous ingredients

– Goodie foodie bag with take home native ingredients & edible goodies

– Bush To Bowl fact sheet on indigenous ingredients & home grown bushfood

For your 2-3 hour experience :

$65 /adult and $50/kids under 12 or $200/family of 4

$90 /adult and $75/kids WITH Bush Tucker Box lunch or $300/family of 4

Food Intolerances are no problem but are required at the time of booking. Book using the checkout bellow:

10 % EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BEFORE MAY 1ST

4. BUSHWALKING WORKSHOP 11.00 – 12:30 a.m & 1.45 – 3.15 p.m

Further explore the bush , either pre or post lunch. Bush to Bowl, an Aboriginal owned native bushfoods nursery and produce company based on the Northern Beaches will lead you on a guided walk teaching you about traditional and modern uses of bushfood. Taste the fresh flavours of our native plants whilst sharing our indigenous concept of country & how this translates in traditional and modern ways.

Bush to Bowl will also be showcasing plants for purchase, along with advice on designing your own bushfood garden at home.

For your 1.5 hour experience : $35 – per person 10 % EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT BEFORE MAY 1ST

For more information & bookings for the Walking workshop tickets, head over to www.bushtobowl.com. You can also register your interest for the possible alternative option of 23rd May there.

Notes for participants:

– In the case of inclement weather, the Earth Cook component will necessarily be conducted indoors.

– Zing Fresh & Bush To Bowl are earth friendly businesses and politely ask you to BYO drink bottles as we discourage single use practices. You are also welcome to BYO food containers & bags for bush tucker shop purchases even though we will be offering biodegradable packaging. For further peace of mind. the venue is a self composting facility

This event is brought to you with the support of the Northern Beaches Council as part of the Taste of The Beaches Festival.

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