We work in the Sunraysia region where the Murray and Darling Rivers meet, on the traditional land and water country of the Barkindji, Latje Latje and Kureinji peoples. We are run by volunteers, generate most of our funds through annual community events, and are a convivium of Slow Food International.
We adhere to the good, clean, fair philosophy of Slow Food International:
We support and promote local growers and producers, community food programs and food education in the Sunraysia region. We have sponsored several successful projects including the Sunraysia Burundian Garden, Out Of The Box and Food Next Door. We work with groups and businesses in our region who share our philosophy, including Sunraysia Produce, the Sunraysia Farmers Market and Sunraysia Fruit and Veggie Swap.
Mildura is a rural city of around 50,000 inhabitants located on the Murray River in north-west Victoria, near the junction of Darling River. While located in Victoria, Mildura is closer to Adelaide (SA) and Broken Hill (NSW) than the state capital Melbourne.
The Mildura region is a major horticultural and agricultural area, despite being located in the Mallee which is the hottest and driest region of Victoria. While most of the Mallee consists of flat, semi-arid sand dune country, areas of intensive irrigation adjacent to the rivers have supported a wide variety of horticultural and agricultural development since the late 1800s. The broader Mallee region to the south and west of Mildura is a also major wheat and grain-producing region. Other developing food-related industries include freshwater aquaculture (Murray Cod) and goat meat and cheese.
Irrigated areas close to the Murray River are major producers of fresh and dried grapes including table grapes and wine grapes, fresh and dried fruit including citrus, stone fruit and avocados, nuts including almonds and pistacchio nuts, and most vegetables, in particular pumpkins and melons, garlic and asparagus.
Challenges facing our region today include climate change, the exploitation of agricultural workers and the increasing demands of multinational agribusiness corporations which have, for example, already seriously reduced the availability of irrigation water to small scale local producers in the region.
Slow Food Mildura receives generous in-kind sponsorship and support from our long-term partners Tabletop Grapes, Sunraysia Institute of TAFE, Sunraysia Farmers Market, Mildura Party Hire and Murray River Salt.
Of course there are many other, smaller sponsors, and we acknowledge and greatly appreciate all their contributions over the years. These include Mildura Limousines, Mildura Brewery, Stefano de Pieri and Donata Carrazza, George Shinas, Seasons and the Spanish Bar and Grill, Andy and Mandy Williams, Clove Organics, Mildura Rural City Council, The Mundoo, Devilees Refrigeration, Mildura Chocolate Company, Boundary Bend Olive Oil, Riverqueen Voyager, Jeannine Pascale, Pizza Cafe, Oak Valley Estate, Charlie Lawrence, Fiona Bawden and Richard Mintern, and the Koorlong Camp Oven Cook-off.
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