Traditional food industry to be showcased at Roelands Village event

Bunbury Herald
The free event bush-foods event is being held at Roelands Village on November 2 and 3.
Camera IconThe free event bush-foods event is being held at Roelands Village on November 2 and 3. Credit: Frances Andrijich/Frances Andrijich

A growing interest in traditional foods has prompted members of WA’s bush food industry to host a workshop showcasing local bush foods.

The free event, being held at Roelands Village on November 2 and 3, is aimed at giving existing and aspiring business owners information and advice to help the industry grow.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has partnered with Outback Academy Australia to create the Supporting Aboriginal businesses in the bush food industry event.

DPIRD’s Aboriginal economic development manager Melissa Hartmann said the event was about supporting Aboriginal businesses in the bush foods industry.

“There has been a dramatic interest in animals, insects and plants traditionally used as food by Aboriginal people, commonly known as bush foods,” Ms Hartmann said.

“For this event we will have presentations from industry leaders including Outback Academy Australia, ‘Dark Emu’ author Professor Bruce Pascoe, Binyaarns Bush Medicines’ Vivienne Hansen, Badgebup Aboriginal Corporation and Noongar Land Enterprises.”

At the event, DPIRD will release two guides: “Setting up for success: bush foods” and “Protection of Indigenous ecological knowledge for bush food businesses”.

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