Farmer to Table Cooking with Ben McMenamin




This innovative workshop series brings together food producers and eaters in a fun, interactive cooking class. Hear the stories of small-scale regenerative farmers, cook with their delicious local ingredients and learn how they are transforming our food system for the better. 

Join qualified chef and sustainable food advocate Ben Mac to enjoy 4 hours of cooking and storytelling, all topped off with a sit down lunch and a glass of wine! Workshops will cover a range of amazing topics including paddock to plate eating, how to be a conscious carnivore, engaging in an ethical food system and innovative farming business models. 

Workshops include:

  • Meet and greet with a local farmer
  • 4-hour cooking workshop using local and sustainable ingredients
  • Sit down lunch including a glass of wine
  • Take-home recipes of meals prepared (and eaten!)
  • Goodie bag with produce samples and information on ethical eating for you and your family!


CERES members and concession holders are entitled to a 10% discount. Enter "ceresmember" under the promotion and gifts code field.

 *Please note that the CERES member or concession discount does not apply to "Bring-A-Friend" tickets which are already discounted

Trainer Bio:

The Farmer to Table cooking workshops are hosted by chef, environmentalist and social entrepreneur Ben McMenamin. Having worked as a chef for over 10 years and gained a degree from RMIT, Ben has come to realise the power that food has to bring people together and catalyse social change. 

Ben has cooked with a number of great social initiatives including the Food Know How project, Scarf Community Dinners, Give a Fork Sustainable Seafood lunch, OzHarvest and more! His work as a food educator has taken him all over Australia presenting at sustainability conferences and community festivals. 

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Class Schedule

This workshop runs from 11AM - 3PM

What you will learn
  • Improve your culinary skills
  • Learn about where your food comes from
What you will get
  • Sit down lunch including a glass of wine
  • Recipes to take home.
  • Goodie bag

What to bring
  • Containers to take home any left-overs
  • Apron
What to wear

Long hair tied back and closed shoes



Vendor sincce 2013

CERES - Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.

It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference venue and a place rich with social and cultural diversity. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.

Built on a decommissioned rubbish tip that was once a bluestone quarry, today CERES is a vibrant eco-oasis. 350,000 people visit CERES each year. Many more engage with us through our Sustainable Schools program which takes sustainable education into schools across the state.

CERES’ green technology displays, buildings, education and training programs and social enterprises (CERES’ Organic Market, Café, Permaculture Nursery and Fair Food organics delivery) demonstrate food security, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiencies, renewables and water conservation in action.

CERES is a model for a future with sustainability, innovation and connectedness at its heart.

Come, be welcome, you never know what you will find on our rambling paths.

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