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So what's the campaign all about?

The aim of the More Taste, Less Waste campaign is to collectively rescue 1,500 kg of food from ending up in landfill, by transforming rescued food into delicious meals served at 4 events around the Illawarra. At these events, the Hidden Harvest team will serve 500 kilograms of otherwise overlooked produce to generate the discussion of food waste among young adults. By providing handy tips and foodie inspiration, Hidden Harvest aim to challenge and empower their guests to adopt these reduction strategies to collectively save another 1000 kg of food from going to landfill.


This project is supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.

Congratulations to the legends who attended Canapes + Conversation!

The legends who attended our Canapes and Conversation event have saved a whopping 867kgs of food from going to landfill!   If you’ve attended an event, don’t forget to send in your post-event surveys so we can add your progress to the total!

Food waste warriors of the week!

Want to be a legendary food waste warrior and score yourself some delish chutney in the process? Just take a snap of one of your food waste hacks and tag us for your chance to win! #hiddenharvest

Upcoming events
Baggin' Out Food Waste

It’s time to get waste-deep in some trash talk. Come get cosy with us at Howlin’ Wolf Bar Wollongong, with some seriously tasty vego soup, a War on Waste screening and an opportunity to get hands on and make real change in an EPA project! We promise it’ll be a soup-er fun night! 🍅🥕🥘. Tix available online here:

The campaign so far...
Saucy Sliders & Tasty De-Ciders

On the 16th of May, Hidden Harvest got saucy at their ‘Saucy Sliders & Tasty De-Ciders’ evening. Over 100 guests joined the team at Moving Mountains Gallery in Wollongong, where they served up some seriously tasty up-cycled vegetarian sliders and scrumptious desserts. Local producer, Darkes Cider, generously donated two kegs of their delicious cider for the night which were a hit with the crowd. Over dinner, the guests were swooned by the mellow sounds of Hidden Harvest crew member and local musician, Daniel Simpson. Food waste was the theme of the night from floor to ceiling, with Sydney-based sustainable creative practice, Mundane Matters, displaying their amazing artworks on food waste for an exclusive one night only.

After dinner, the team slid into Hidden Harvest’s very own food waste version of dating app, Tinder called ‘Binder’. The guests had the fate of some of their favourite fruit and veg in their hands, as they decided whether to end their life in the bin or get reinvented into a delicious dish. The Hidden Harvest team gave plenty of handy tips and provided a goodie bag of tools to allow their guests to transform their own homes into a ‘More Taste, Less Waste’ haven.

This was the final event of Hidden Harvest’s ‘More Taste, Less Waste’ campaign, which aimed to collectively rescue 1500 kilograms of food from being wasted. The results so far have been astounding, with the team saving over 519 kilograms of food and receiving pledges from 297 committed guests to save their share.

Doco & Dahl

On the chilly night of 26th of April, Hidden Harvest spiced things up with their refreshingly entertaining ‘Doco & Dahl’ night. Held at newly opened Moving Mountains Gallery in Wollongong, the night featured delicious upcycled curries, desserts and alcoholic refreshments. After everyone’s bellies were full, Hidden Harvest played two short films before diving into the main film of the night, ‘Just Eat It’. The film follows a couple’s journey of living entirely off of food waste for six months and examines the way we grow, cultivate and purchase our food, and how the food we throw away is having a devastating effect on the Earth. Afterwards, the Hidden Harvest team facilitated a lively interactive discussion about what guests can do to turn their own homes into #MoreTasteLessWaste havens.

Over 126 people attended ‘Doco & Dahl’ night, which was the third event of Hidden Harvest’s ‘More Taste, Less Waste’ campaign, which aims to collectively rescue 1500 kilograms of food from being wasted. So far, the team has saved 420 kilograms of food which has been served at the events, and received pledges from 241 committed guests to save their share.  

Wine-ing About Food Waste

Despite the rainy weather, on the 4th of April, over 100 people joined the Hidden Harvest team for their hugely successful ‘Wine-ing about Food Waste’ event. The night featured delicious upcycled food, local wine and engaging discussion about the complex issue of food waste. Held at local bar, The Little Prince, Hidden Harvest served a tasty three-course meal of tapas whilst discussing mind-blowing statistics and handy tips to help guests turn their own homes into #MoreTasteLessWaste havens.

Canapés + Conversation

On the 7th of March, we hosted a delightful gathering over canapés accompanied by a hint of food waste banter as our first event of the More Taste, Less Waste campaign. Nearly 90 guests joined the buzzing conversation at Little Prince, where the team fuelled the conversation by serving delicious canapés from 175 kg of food rescued by the HH team. The crumbed eggplant fingers, banana peel chutney and carrot top pesto were the standouts of the evening!

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Ingredients – makes about 1 cup

  • 3 Tbsp nuts, roughly chopped (we used breadcrumbs as substitute → wonderful way to use stale bread!)

  • 1 garlic clove

  • 2 cups carrot tops (from 4-5 carrots, roughly chopped)

  • 1/2 cup packed fresh herbs (we used basil, but what ever you have on hand e.g mint, parsley, coriander, rocket…)

  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Optional – 1/2 cup cheese, grated (parmesan or whatever you have on hand)
  • Food processor or Blender


  1. Place nuts (or breadcrumbs) and garlic into a food processor and pulse until a rough paste forms.

  2. Add carrot tops and basil, and pulse until everything is in teeny tiny pieces and creates an even thicker, rougher paste.

  3. Add 1/2 cup olive oil, (optional) cheese and pulse/blend until the mixture is mostly smooth. If the pesto is too thick, add additional olive oil if desired, 1 Tbsp at a time.

  4. Season with salt and pepper and you’re done!

Store in a glass jar in the fridge.

Recipe adapted from

Some photos from the evening!