Wandering OFF-Menu, image: Long Prawn
Past Event

Wandering OFF-Menu

Presented by Long Prawn


Sat 20 May 11:00am - 12:30pm
Sun 21 May 11:00am - 12:30pm


Booking required


Banana Alley to Alexandra Ave Public BBQs
Banana Alley, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia


Assistance animals welcome Low sensory / relaxed

Like many central sites within a colonised landscape, the Birrarung has witnessed the vast overlapping of First Nations and introduced food systems. 

Speaking to the Birrarung and its significance, an introduction to this walk will be led by First Nations guide Dean Stewart. Guests are taken to places that no longer exist, examining what is deleted when things are created. Long Prawn, through both historically grounded and newly invented foodstuffs, will ask the audience to consider the ongoing impacts of how we eat, what is gained, and what is forgotten. 

From indigenous eel (iuk) routes, banana ripening vaults, 24hr floating pies to floating restaurants, charcuterie on small boats and riverside ‘barbies’; a menu where no idea is off topic, where our minds bend like the river itself. 

The ticket includes a talk from Dean Stewart, lunch and snacks in collaboration with food-waste experts Furrmein, a discussion of key sites from Banana Alley to the Birrarung, a lunch pack and flyer as well as refreshments and snacks along the way. This culinary journey is recommended for curious appetites 12 and up.


Long Prawn

Long Prawn is an artistic food practice that delivers rigorously researched food expertise heavily seasoned with creative event design.

The food is enveloped in community, props and performance from buffet tables to nouveau-haute cuisine. The effect culminates in responsive, rewarding and resourceful eating, ideas, events and workshops.

Currently located in Melbourne Long Prawn is located at the Collingwood Yards.

Dean Stewart

Dean Stewart has worked for over 20 years within management roles in both Environmental and Cultural organisations. Working for almost 10 years as the Community Revegetation Project Co-ordinator, for Eltham and then Nillumbik Councils. Dean co-ordinated all environmental on-the-ground project works from Diamond Creek up to Kinglake and from Plenty River to Warrandyte with groups ranging from community conservation groups such as ‘Friends of’, professional contractors and numerous government and non-government organisations and agencies from Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria, Greening Australia, Dept of Justice and many Green Army teams for over a decade.

Dean was a director on the board of the Koori Gardening Team, a million-dollar company employing exclusively Victorian Aboriginal employees. He now sits as a Committee member for the City of Melbourne Council Parks & Reserves Committee and the Darebin City Council – Darebin Nature Trust Committee. Later Dean was honoured with the position of the very first Aboriginal Liaison for the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

He created and operated the Aboriginal Heritage Walk with the RBGM. In its first year this cultural tourism and education initiative won the IAA Interpretation Australia Association award for best interpretative public program and then Tourism Victoria’s State award for best Aboriginal Tourism experience. This cultural program became so successful that still after 15 years it continues operating today and has provided employment and development opportunities for many Aboriginal people in Melbourne.

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