BSRV’s Program Coordinator Northwest, Miriam Bilander, organised for a group of twelve vision impaired members of the community and their carers to attend a degustational food tour of the St Albans Market in late March. The tour was called ‘Scrumptious St Albans’ and was part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.
Flamboyant and friendly market owner, Nick Lopresti, took the group to seven different stall holders to hear their migrant stories and sample their delicious cuisine. Mouths watered and bellies ballooned as we tasted European deli goods, Italian crumbed chicken filled with cheese, Serbian cabbage rolls, Turkish coffee and Middle-eastern falafels. To begin and end the tour the group was serenaded by a vibrant African duo, which inspired some members to get to their feet and groove to the music.
Everyone had a wonderful time and a special thanks goes to Simon McCuskey from the City of Brimbank Council for welcoming us on the day and ensuring the market was access-friendly and safe.