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The inaugural Quandong Festival brings a celebration of Australian native foods on Nukunu country, Quorn situated in heart of the Flinders Ranges on 6 August, 2022.

Supported by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Future Drought Fund and South Australian

Arid Lands and curated by Warndu, the Quandong Festival features Australian native food growers,

harvesters, cooks, educators and enthusiasts including Costa from ABC’s Gardening Australia, River

Cottage Australia’s Paul West and renowned Author, Bruce Pascoe to celebrate with educational

workshops, food stalls, culinary experiences and family activities.

Flinders Ranges Council Mayor, Greg Flint said he is excited for Quorn to be hosting this important

festival to celebrate native bush foods. He said:

“The Quandong Festival will bring together people from all over Australia who have that passion for

growing and using native foods. We want to learn from them how better to market and incorporate

these foods into our businesses and community and in turn share the passion that this community has

for these native foods.

“The Flinders Ranges is iconic with native foods such as the quandong, and we want to build on this solid

foundation and encourage more people to look at growing these important native foods. We are very

excited to have some amazing key speakers, chefs and personalities attend and support this event and it

will be a real economic and tourism boost for the Council area.”

Quandong Festival Creative Director, Rebecca Sullivan of Warndu said:

“The spirit of reconciliation and a celebration of regenerative agriculture is key to Australia’s food

industry and how it adapts to a changing climate. The Quandong Festival ventures well beyond

quandongs. It’s a celebration of all native Australian plants and foods.

“We are bringing the leaders and thinkers at the helm of the nation’s native food and sustainability

industries together whilst we continue as a community to curate a culture for the integration of ancient

foods to people living in the region, Australia and beyond.”

Native food expert, author and educator, Bruce Pascoe and wattle seed grower and harvester and

wholesaler Angus Jones headline the festival’s regenerative farming education series, focusing on

sharing regenerative practice.

Bruce says the Quandong Festival is an important and unique event for central Australia:history.”
Quandong Festival activities include:
 Free children’s craft and activities focused on capturing the fun of bush food flavors, food
preparation experiences and sustainability
 ABC TV’s Gardening Australia host, Costa Georgiadis’ ‘Quandong Festival Working Bee’ at the
Quorn Bush Food Garden
 The ‘Great Northern Lodge’ quandong-themed lunch and dinner by ‘Flinders Food Co.’ Chef,
Doogal Hannagan and his New York-based brother, Barney Hannagan of the famous ‘Two
Hands’ café
 Gin bar by ‘Flinders Gin.’
Quandong Festival stallholder applications are now open to applicants focused on native Australian
foods and sustainable agrarian practice.
The Quandong Festival is also focused on event delivery skills development for people through a
volunteer program. Interested parties should contact Festival Creative Director Rebecca Sullivan,

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