Western Sydney Parklands Food Fest

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Learn to cook with Matt Moran as this food festival heads online

Western Sydney's favourite food event, the Western Sydney Parklands Food Fest, has headed online for its ninth annual event. The free event will include two online cooking classes, filmed live at the Food Fest's virtual kitchen and hosted on the parklands' Facebook page.

Celebrity chef Matt Moran will teach two cooking demonstrations, one at 11 am and one at 1pm. Both will use the parklands' very own fresh produce, and those in the Sydney metro area can order a produce box filled with everything needed to make everything in both classes before the event.

And what delectable treats will Moran be teaching you how to make? The 11am class is called Farm to Plate and will include step-by-step instructions to make pan-roasted barramundi with blistered cherry tomatoes; butter lettuce salad with goat's cheese, peas and preserved lemon; and roasted cauliflower with anchovy burnt butter.

The 1pm class is called Waste Not, Want Not, and in it Moran will teach you how to make barra-masalata (yes, that's taramasalata with barramundi) with potato crisps; barbecued lamb cutlets with chimichurri; and tomato and buffalo mozzarella salad with quick-pickled onion and basil dressing. The Waste Not, Want Not class will use the offcuts of the barramundi from the morning class, highlighting the importance of using a whole ingredient and eliminating food waste. Moran will be joined by Travis Harvey, executive chef of OzHarvest, which fights food waste and donates leftover food to those in need.

The Western Sydney Parklands' website includes recipes for all six dishes, so if you don't order the produce box, you can make sure you have all the ingredients you need on hand. You can also buy a produce box from the parklands' urban farms after the class, to make the meals Moran will show you or any number of delicious dishes with the freshest fruit and veggies.  

Get your apron ready on Saturday, September 5 for the classes at 11am and 1pm and learn how to cook without food waste at the Western Sydney Parklands' ninth annual Food Fest.

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