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Slow Food South Australia Wirraparinga Food History Tour

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Slow Food South Australia, in collaboration with the Bee Hub, present this unique event. Guests will take a guided tour of Wirraparinga (Brownhill Creek Recreation Park and Ellison’s Gully) with 5th generation market gardener, resident, and local historian, Cr. Andrew Tilley. The walk will begin at Willawilla Karra Kuu, where recent revegetation with indigenous plants, including bush tucker plants, is revitalising this magnificent Kaurna River Red Gum Shelter Tree which likely served as a Birthing Tree to generations of Kaurna people. The Kaurna Shelter Tree native garden and living Kaurna Cultural Heritage site is connecting Kaurna elders and artists with the local community. 

Guests will then enjoy a historic walk through the gully where some of South Australia's first market gardens were established in the mid-1800s. A handful of families made their homes here, and over generations worked the fertile soils and fed South Australians until the 1970s. The stories of their work and community provide a fascinating insight into how local food was grown and marketed. The walk will be followed by afternoon tea featuring seasonal South Australian produce and some foods foraged from remnant Brownhill Creek market garden plants, at the Bee Hub.

Additional event information: 

  • Parking: Carpark located opposite the Caravan Park at entrance of Brownhill Creek. 
  • Timing: Arrive from 1:30pm for a 2:00pm start.
  • This event is suitable for ages 12+, children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The walk will be on a trail with uneven surfaces and slight inclines. If you have any questions regarding this aspect, please contact the event host. 
  • The event is mostly outdoors and may have muddy sections. Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather.

Wirraparinga has served as an important winter home, meeting and ceremonial place for Kaurna people for thousands of years. Early white settlers recognised the value of the fertile soils and reliable water source and cleared land for market gardens and cattle grazing which continued over more than a hundred years. Approximately a decade ago, local community organizations and schools initiated substantial and ongoing revegetation efforts across portions of Brownhill Creek, featuring locally native plants – including indigenous food sources. This endeavour has facilitated connections with Kaurna elders, forging bonds through the act of restoration.

The Bee Hub at Brownhill Creek offers immersive nature-based experiences that centre around community engagement and education around the importance of pollinators.

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