Tropical Kitchen is presented annually and is focused on building and connecting with community through a love of stories, food and cooking. Darwin’s food market game is strong and provides locals and visitors alike with a slice of Southeast Asian food and ambience. Tropical Kitchen draws on these sites, people, smells and stories to build community programming that uniquely creates an intersection between art, food and the environment. With an aim to bring communities together to discuss, shape and build the future of Garrmalang/Darwin’s community cohesiveness and environmental awareness.
2018 tropical kitchen
In 2018 a ten-day curated Tropical Kitchen program of events during Darwin Fringe Festival. The program included two residencies with food artists Sam Chablani and Lia Pa’apa’a, presentation of internationally renowned performance work Wank Bank Masterclass by Adam Seymour, international premiere of durational reading of social commentary work Cup of Nun Chai by Alana Hunt plus a program of workshops and talks in partnership with Charles Darwin Universities Science at Sunset program. This event transported Garrmalang/Darwin locals into a casual world of food, drinks and culture throughout the fringe. Creating an ephemeral space for the growing culture and thinking around food and place.
2017 tropical kitchen
In 2017 a program of dinners, workshops and audio tours were created in order to explore the rich tapestry of Darwin locals histories and their love of food. Aiming to create new relationships, seed new ideas and provide a reminder of our capacity and strength as individuals when we work together. Facilitated by Singaporean artist Jamie Lewis
This program engaged the home cook, the foodie or the story aficionado, this hands-on program took participants on a journey through tropical flavours. Drawing on eclectic Asian styles, spicy sambal condiments, local fresh seafood and unknown Asian vegetables we find at the markets!
In 2017 an audio tour - 婆婆 (Por-Por) and me was created and available for anyone visiting the Parap markets in Garrmalang/Darwin.