Food for thought: Amici Bar

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Ciao, amici!

Canberra’s latest culinary offering is here. Amici Bar, on Northbourne Avenue, has opened its doors, serving up wine, cocktails and “grab and go” food – meat, cheese, antipasti, pizza and more. Amici, meaning ‘friends’ in Italian, has something for everyone – takeaway coffee, salads, sandwiches, ‘boozy brunches’, wine tastings, a corporate delivery program and a selection of no- and low-alcohol cocktails. It’s the latest venture from Canberra’s own Lala Hospitality Group, the team behind venues such as Molly, The Highball Express, Bleachers Sports Bar, Black Market and 88mph.

Amici Bar, 59 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra City. Open: Mon-Thurs 7am-10pm; Fri 7am-midnight; Saturday 11am-midnight.

Tikka Stand in Woden

Get your chicken tikka fix in Woden with a brand new food truck. The Tikka Stand will be serving up fresh and authentic barbecue chicken tikka as part of the area’s ‘Woden Experiment’.

Tikka Stand is open Monday to Friday 10am-3pm at The Woden Experiment, Woden Town Square, Phillip, until Friday 7 June.

Feast of the Beast

The Highlands Harvest Feasts’ ‘Feast of the Beast’ is back again in 2019, for a culinary adventure in the NSW Southern Highlands celebrating the horned hunter as he is reborn during Winter Solstice. The whole family can enjoy an evening filled with Celtic, Nordic and Highland flavours cooked over the fire, fireside music, games and a drinks package of local beers and wine.

The Feast of the Beast will be held on Saturday 22 June 4.30-10.30pm at the Meryla State Forest, Werai NSW. Ticket prices vary; to book visit highlandharvestfeasts.com/product/feastofthebeast  

Campaign to compost food waste

The ACT Greens have called on the ACT Government to expand the current green bin system to include food waste as well as garden waste. Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur recently launched a new ‘compost not landfill’ campaign and talked about the advantages of composting food waste including soil improvement and reducing methane gas emissions. “Currently our green bin system only works for garden waste, which is great, but it would be even greater if it worked for food waste as well,” Ms Le Couteur said. “Every household has food waste, and not every household is in the position that they can compost it themselves. The Greens would like to see food waste going to compost, not landfill.” While she didn’t expect the ACT Government to say “no” to the proposal, it could take a while for it to be adopted.

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