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In The Media

SBS Food – 17 SEP 2019

You may love to cook food at home. But each night, as you’re carefully chopping, dicing and slicing ingredients, consider how much valued food you’re actually throwing away.

According to Foodwise, Australian households spend up to $1,000 a year on the food that we just throw out.

Yet the pre-loved food scraps that end up in your garbage – stems, leaves, overripe fruit, stale bread – can actually be used to add flavour and bulk to a host of meals. The trick is to know how to cook them.

“Cooking with food that is wasted or discarded is all about looking at what you have, deciding what can be delicious and how ingredients can work together,” says Sydney chef from Fred’s, Georgia Lahiff, who also leads Hidden Harvest’s Wasted Wednesdays kitchen.

Recent Articles

Hidden Harvest goes online during COVID-19 to keep saving food from going to waste

Illawarra Mercury – 22 Apr 2020

The not-for-profit organisation turned five in April but is no longer able to host more physical events because of COVID-19 restrictions.

But it will continue to educate people about food waste with food saving tips, messages of inspiration and workshops.

How poetry is being used to reduce food waste in Wollongong

Illawarra Mercury – 17 OCT 2019

Caveau Restaurant to host a Hidden Harvest dinner to combat the environmental and social impacts of food waste

Illawarra Mercury – 17 SEP 2019

How community dinners with menus created from food waste are attracting great interest

Illawarra Mercury – 13 AUG 2019

Ethical eating is taking off in Wollongong with Wasted Wednesday community dinners being held every two weeks.

Fine-dining chefs cook discarded fruit and veg to minimise food waste and its climate change impact

ABC Illawarra – 8 AUG 2019

Wollongong’s most hatted restaurant helps Hidden Harvest with community dinner

Illawarra Mercury – 6 AUG 2019

Wollongong’s most awarded restaurant Caveau is taking over the Hidden Harvest kitchen on Wednesday night for a community dinner with an important message.

This restaurant proves that food waste can be recycled into a 3-course meal

SBS Food – 18 JUN 2019

Wollongong’s Hidden Harvest to host free pickling in Crown Street

Illawarra Mercury – 18 JUN 2019

A giant puppet, live music and free food pickling are happening in Crown Street, Wollongong, this week.

Healthy Cities Illawarra and Hidden Harvest are teaching people how to be food smart

Illawarra Mercury – 1 APR 2019

Renew Wollongong begins activating the Crown Street Mall with Hidden Harvest and Society City

Illawarra Mercury – 6 MAR 2019

Hidden Harvest finally has their first fixed space and hope to grow after being chosen for Renew Wollongong’s first space activation.

Hidden Harvest

Coal Coast Magazine – 2019

Food wastage is an issue that’s been at the forefront recently, and for good reason. In Australia alone, the average household throws away $77 worth of edible food every week! Twenty per cent of food never makes it to the plate, which equates to $1036 per home.

From the archives

Connecting over food in Shellharbour for Fair Food Week

Illawarra Mercury – 16 OCT 2018

Fair Food Week will be celebrated in Shellharbour on Thursday.

Illawarra Cookbook features Caveau to Coledale, Hidden Harvest to Harbourfront and more

Illawarra Mercury – 17 NOV 2017

A diverse cross-section of the Illawarra is to be served on a plate – from hatted chefs to cafes, cocktails and coffee from late November.

Wollongong’s Moving Mountains gallery hosts ‘Art of Food Waste’ exhibition

Illawarra Mercury – 8 NOV 2017

Rescued food will be the centrepiece of an exhibition opening that aims to spark tasty conversations at Wollongong’s Moving Mountains pop-up gallery on Thursday.


Peppermint Magazine – 18 OCT 2017

Illawarra-based group Hidden Harvest is on a mission to tackle food waste, one tasty plate at a time. Formed in 2015, the team holds pop-up events that spark lively conversation – transforming food that would have gone to waste into delicious feasts, and literally bringing the topic of discarded food to the table.

Food waste education through Illawarra events

Quicksand Food – 2017

Hidden Harvest’s pop-up events across the Illawarra region plate gourmet food with a twist – all the ingredients have been rescued on their way to the garbage or compost bin.

Light shone on Illawarra’s Hidden Harvest

Illawarra Mercury – 11 SEPT 2015

Imagine scrunching up $1000 in cold hard cash and throwing it in the bin – crazy, right?