What’s your flavour? Tastes like Sunshine uncovers Brisbane’s rich and exciting food stories
Here at The Weekend Edition office, one of the quickest and easiest ways to capture our attention is with food. We love everything to do with it and how totally engaging it is – from the feeling of juice running down your chin after biting into a ripe strawberry to the sound bacon makes on a hotplate, the food experience is so much more than just what you taste. It turns out we aren’t the only ones who love to nerd out over what we’re eating – the Museum of Brisbane has got a whole darn exhibition dedicated to the good stuff. Running from August 18 to November 12, Tastes like Sunshine is an all-in sensory exploration of Brisbane’s rich and ever-evolving food story that is sure to get you salivating.
Brisbane’s food past, present and future are all fascinating subjects, which is exactly what makes Tastes like Sunshine such a dynamic exhibition. This debut offering brings together a collection of contemporary art, personal stories, historical documents and images to create an experience that has been designed to challenge your pre-existing notions of food. Brand-new artwork and installations from the likes of acclaimed artists Elizabeth Willing, Sean Rafferty and Carol McGregor have been created for Tastes like Sunshine – the works pay homage to the rich history of Brisbane’s iconic produce markets, the city’s crucial role in launching Queensland’s sugar industry, and how the introduction of new crops had domestic cookers experimenting with new methods and creations.
Tastes like Sunshine isn’t just a visual feast – the exhibition has a jam-packed schedule of workshops, talks, tours and activities that go along with it to enhance the experience. The Good Food Club is a chance to learn about all things food culture – from beekeeping and local produce to the agriculture industry and Aussie bush foods, no stone is left unturned. Another must-do is Growing in the City, a series of eight workshops run by Northey Street City Farm experts that cover off topics like reducing your carbon footprint, bush tucker, composting and more. If you’re one of those inner-city folk who has always dreamt of growing your own food but have been put off by lack of space, Indira Naidoo’s The Edible City talk will actually change your life – the broadcasting legend will chat all things guerrilla gardening and innovation.