On Tuesday October 9th, from 12 - 2pm, FoodFaith was proud to host Breaking bread - The Panel with the help of Good Food Month at Hyde Park Palms in Sydney’s Hyde Park.

The discussion, featuring a diverse panel of experts and a special video message from Indigenous historian Professor Bruce Pascoe, was an interesting and incredibly important discourse on bread, one of our first staple foods.

Making it even more important than ever with the current environmental issues around carbon emissions, water usage and general sustainability, was the discussion surrounding Professor Pascoe’s work with University of Melbourne researcher, Dr Kate Howell into the viability of native grains and domesticates such as native millet and Kangaroo Wheat Grass.

Moderated by Councillor Jess Miller, a sustainability expert herself and recent Good Food Award winner for her part in the Sydney Doesn’t Suck campaign, the panel covered histories, cultures and future views for bread.

FoodFaith founder Judy Friedlander not only highlighted the centrality of bread in our culture but also the capabilities to help push the sustainability message to a new generation in a different way through her soon to be completed PhD in social media and journalism.

Daniel Grynberg, board member of The Bread and Butter Project and renowned food author Helen Greenwood also brought to light the importance of business not only giving back but also having a real understanding of where their supplies are sourced from and ensuring all steps and producers within the supply chain are adequately compensated for the quality of their work.

Laya Slavin, co-founder of Our Big Kitchen closed the discussion with her beautiful wishes and thanks to all attending for their open minds and passion for bread, a food with which her Jewish heritage has a deep spiritual connection.

Guests contributed some wonderful, thought-provoking questions to the panel as well as other attendees and each person left with their own bread tasting package featuring James Partington of Staple Bread & Necessities Native Grain Loaf, something of a first to utilise the Kangaroo Wheat Grass, cultivated on Professor Pascoe’s farm and create something completely different and unique.

Other breads included a rustic panini from The Bread & Butter Project, Chapati from the Hindu Council of Australia and Challot from Our Big Kitchen. The recycled packaging for all the breads was supplied by PremierNorthpak.

Thankyou to Good Food Month and the wonderful team at Fairfax events as well as our brilliant FoodFaith team of volunteers, without whom we would not have been able to organise and host such a brilliant event.

In case you missed joining us on the day, here are some photos from Naomi Shaw, our official photographer who as always has captured the feel of the day perfectly.

Look forward to seeing you next time!