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This project was initiated by the New South Wales Department of State and Regional Development (now the Department of Trade and Investment) in 2007. The project was co-funded by the Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and Indigenous Business Australia (IBA). The purpose of the project was to promote the Indigenous bushfoods industry in New South Wales and to capitalise on the growing interest and awareness of bush foods and native Australian products.
The project involved the creation of an umbrella brand, Bushfood Sensations, via which a range of Indigenous bushfood businesses could be promoted. A major part of this project was the production of a website that features current listings for bushfood cafes, restaurants, suppliers, caterers, training, events and recipes. (To access the website, see links below).
Other activities conducted as part of this project included branded appearances at food and trade fairs in New South Wales, and informal capacity building for bushfoods business owners in the areas of promotion and advertising, financial management and costing, and business support. Part of the project's ethos is to acknowledge that Indigenous people in Australia used a huge variety of herbs, spices, seeds and animals in food and medicine for thousands of years, and that knowledge of these foods is maintained by many Indigenous people today.
A range of stakeholders in the Indigenous bushfoods industry participated in the project, including growers, chefs, restaurants and business mentors. Current Bushfood Sensations members range from fine dining restaurants, cafes and catering, to producers of chutneys, dips and dukka; the common thread being 'quality Australian produce with traditional bush flavours located from Bonalbo in Northern NSW to Sydney.'
Businesses and individuals with an interest in bushfoods are invited to become current members of Bushfood Sensations.
Abstract adapted from Bushfood Sensations
This project can be contacted via a form on the Bushfood Sensations website.
This website is a resource for people interested in Indigenous cuisine in New South Wales.
The website represents the interests of a group of 'bushfood' growers, chefs, restaurants and business mentors. These businesses collectively market their activities under the umbrella brand Bushfood sensations. The website can be used to find Indigenous bushfood:
Indigenous businesses involved in the bushfoods industry can freely submit a directory listing, recipe, news item or event listing to the site.
Recipes currently listed on the site are predominantly restaurant-quality dishes, such as kangaroo loin part-smoked in lemon myrtle with caramelised vegetables and a chocolate jus.
For further information about the Bushfood sensations project, see links below.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract