Guringai Festival : The Oldest Foods on Earth

In the beautiful, natural setting of Northside Produce Market, food writer, reviewer and author of The Oldest Foods on Earth, John Newton is ‘In Conversation’. Together with some of our stallholders who use native bush foods such as Jelbonleigh Estate Macadamias, Currong Comestibles and special guest Outback Pride Fresh, he explores Indigenous foods of Australia and the reasons why cooking with local produce makes sense!

The Oldest Foods on Earth is a book about native indigenous food, flora and fauna that nourished the Aboriginal peoples for over 50,000 years. John Newton writes to understand why European Australians have almost entirely rejected these foods for over 200 years. We love ‘superfoods’ from remote, exotic locations, yet reject those that grow in our own land. We say we revere sustainable local produce, yet ignore Australian native plants and animals that are better for the land than those from Europe. By working with and learning from indigenous Australians, new and sustainable industries growing these foods are taking root around the country.

This is a food book that will change the way you look at Australia.

This free event will include tastings of traditional bush foods and examples of their use in modern Australian cuisine.

The Outback Pride Project is promoting the Australian native food industry by developing the native food industry and supporting a network of production sites within traditional Aboriginal communities. The cultivation of Australian native food provides indigenous Australians with jobs and training in horticulture and the food industry. The project also acknowledges the intellectual property and cultural ownership of the traditional uses of bush foods. Combining the knowledge of traditional uses of the bushfoods with western food practices, the end use products are available under the brand name ‘Outback Pride’ and ‘Outback Pride Fresh’.

John Newton’s book ‘The Oldest Foods on Earth’ will be offered for sale on the day by The Constant Reader bookshop, eftpos facilities available.


John Newton

John Newton is a freelance writer, journalist and novelist. He writes on food, eating, travel and associated environmental issues. In 2005 he won the Gold Ladle for Best Food Journalist in the ‘World Food Media Awards’.